BY JENN TRAVERS & NICOLE MORRIS | COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE | APRIL 8, 2020
Last week, Gov. Phil Scott extended his stay-at-home order to May 15 with many Vermonters adjusting to working from home or practicing social distancing when at work to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many businesses are closed or have significantly adjusted how they operate to remain open.
Here is a guide for many local businesses and organizations that have made changes to how they operate. Because circumstances are shifting rapidly for some, be sure to call or check websites and social media postings for more up-to-date details.
To be included on this list for the upcoming print edition of the Hinesburg Record, send an email with the important details and a phone number to email@example.com.
Direct in-person Meals on Wheels deliveries have been suspended. The new setup involves a call, drop-off, and observation process to ensure clients receive their meals but minimize direct contact between. To volunteer as a driver, contact Erica Marks, Director of Volunteer Services at 662-5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information online at AgeWellVT.org.
Animal Hospital of Hinesburg
Animal Hospital of Hinesburg has implemented new practices to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure to staff and clients that will be in place until May 18. The providers will still see sick and injured pets while preventive care and non-essential appointments are postponed. Exceptions will be for puppy/kitten booster vaccinations. To limit traffic in the clinic, staff will get pets from vehicles and return them while clients communicate and pay by phone. Clients may still purchase medications and products delivered in the parking lot. Late appointments are not being offered at this time; the clinic closes at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone: 482-2955
Open normal business hours for essential items, daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 482-2980.
Branch lobby is closed. Drive-through, ATM is open. Phone: 482-2923.
National Bank of Middlebury
Branch lobby is available by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 9-10 a.m. The drive-up is temporarily closed. ATM and night deposit remain available. Phone: 482-4982.
Brookside Family Health Center
This is the family practice medical clinic next to the Hinesburg Post Office. Clinic is in operation with providers seeing patients via telemedicine (video chat over the internet). Dr. Roger Giroux says the clinic is offering same-day appointments, and is accepting new patients. More information: 482-3900 and BrooksideHealth.com.
Closed until at least Friday, May 1, according to the library website. Library staff can assist patrons with reading material or DVDs via delivery or meeting in the parking lot. Patrons may hold onto materials longer or use the dropbox for returns. Library cardholders may use Libby, an ebook and audiobook app to rent digital materials. Staff can assist in setting up access. For more information call or email 482-2878 or email@example.com.
Chittenden Solid Waste District
The Hinesburg trash and recycling drop-off center is closed. CSWD has temporarily closed all drop-off centers except the Williston drop-off which is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1492 Redmond Road.
Staff ask customers not to visit the facility as frequently as usual. To simplify the process, there is a new $10 flat fee to drop off up to four bags or barrels of trash of any size; cash and checks only.
Blue bin recyclables are included in the flat fee for trash. Customers with just recycling will be charged the $10 flat fee.
To reduce trash, the district encourages people to separate food scraps. CSWD’s Green Mountain Compost facility on Redmond Road accepts food scraps free of charge. It also accepts leaves and clean wood such as yard waste and untreated lumber.
Collections of bulky waste and hazardous waste are temporarily closed.
For more details on current operations, visit the district’s website CSWD.net or call 872-8111.
Local churches have suspended in-person services during the stay home order period. All are hosting some manner of online services and gatherings using platforms such as GoToMeeting and FaceBook live. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has daily masses online as well. Check individual church websites for details.
Frost Beer Works
Order online and pickup Thursday-Saturday or by appointment. ID required; frostbeerworks.com
HINESBURG COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
Donations to the Hinesburg Community Resource Center will allow staff to direct contributions to areas of greatest need. Details online at hinesburgresource.org.
Hinesburg Food Shelf
Open Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Individuals are asked to stay in cars and packed groceries will be brought out by a volunteer. Anyone ill or home-bound may send someone to pick up for them or call to arrange delivery. Phone: 482-4946.
Emergency Assistance Fund
The Emergency Assistance Fund is available for Hinesburg and St. George families who are facing a crisis. Call for more information during office hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 482-4946.
Friends of Families
All Friends of Families programs are closed. This includes playgroups, the Spring Clothing and Book Swap and the Welcome Baby Brunch. “We hope to reschedule the Swap, some sort of Welcome Baby celebration and also host a special summer playgroup reunion when it is safe to do so,” Director Alexandra Koncewicz wrote in a recent Front Porch Forum post. Check Facebook for updates and resources for keeping little ones occupied.
Twice is Nice
Twice is Nice thrift shop is closed.
Open normal business hours. Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m . to 6 p.m. Customers not feeling well are advised to use the drive-thru window or free delivery service. Phone: 482-4886.
Kohn Rath Danon Lynch & Scharf, LLP
Kohn Rath Danon Lynch & Scharf, LLP, is continuing legal work during the coronavirus pandemic by working remotely and not seeing clients in person. Call 482-2905 or email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: kohnrathlaw.com.
Lantman’s Market has new hours for the general public: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Seniors and those at a high risk for COVID-19 are invited to shop Tuesdays and Fridays between 7 and 9 a.m.
Also, delivery service thanks to volunteers is available for seniors, anyone at high-risk and those unable to leave home due to quarantine. Call 482-8115 for voicemail instructions to place an order of up to $100. Payment by credit card is preferred. A volunteer will call to confirm delivery details. Email questions about the delivery program to email@example.com.
Sign up on the market’s website lantmansmarket.com to get email updates.New information also will be posted on the store’s Facebook page and Front Porch Forum. Phone: 482-2361.
Red Wagon Plants
Greenhouses are closed to the public.Customers may order online or by phone for pickup or delivery. Phone: 482-4060 or redwagonplants.com.
Closed through May 4.
Good Times Cafe
Open for takeout 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Place orders online and pickup curbside or have delivered to you. Updates posted on Facebook and Instagram. Phone: 482-4444.
Hinesburg Public House
Using a photo of their chalkboard, they post a limited menu every day on social media. Place orders starting at 2 p.m. with pickup between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Phone: (802) 482-5500.
Open for takeout orders only Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; accepting all methods of payment. Phone: 482-2345.
Open every day 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for takeout. Pay over the phone and pick up at the creemee window. Beer, wine, mixed drinks available with lunch and dinner orders. Phone: 482-6050
Take out only. Currently doing curbside take out. Call ahead to order and pay. The hours of operation will be: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 482-2000.
Open daily for take-out only, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Order in store, or call ahead. Phone: 482-5019.
Hinesburg Town Hall is closed to the public. Meetings and functions at Town Hall have been canceled until further notice. All ongoing recreation programs are canceled.
Town staff will work remotely or at Town Hall and will be available to assist the public by phone or email Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Select Board will now conduct meetings remotely. Details are on the town website homepage at hinesburg.org.
U.S. Post Office
Open regular hours. Customers are asked to be mindful of social distancing while visiting the post office.
VT Dog Rescue
All available animals have been adopted. New adoptions and all applications are on hold. Updates will be posted online at vtdogrescue.rescueme.org.
Community News Service is a collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Reporting & Documentary Storytelling program.
UPDATED APRIL 14, 2020.