I am wondering if anyone has some insight into any enforcement or penalties that may be levied against someone who is caught breaking Vermont's cross-state-travel COVID guidelines, or against someone hosting them in a short-term lodging.
Specifically, outsiders may not share lodging with non-household members, and must quarantine for some period of time either before or after entering Vermont.
I'm asking this from the perspective of an AirBnB host. If I have guests planning to stay at one of my properties, do I have any legal exposure if I do not enforce guests are complying with Vermont's guidelines?
I found this enforcement article on the government website, which seems to indicate that they are relying exclusively on voluntary compliance.
In instances where police officers observe or are made aware of potential violations of Gov. Scott’s orders, law enforcement is encouraged to speak with the proprietor, staff, or group, provide a reminder of the new requirements, and assess voluntary compliance.
the orders do not establish cause to initiate a motor vehicle stop or detain people for questioning about their travel.
informing and educating those encountered in violation of the order about the mechanisms that may apply, could prove helpful
With that reading, it seems that there are no legal repercussions for breaking Vermont's guidelines, either fines or expulsion or else... As such, it seems that I (the AirBnB host) am also clear of any actual liability for guests breaking these regulations.
Anyone have any insight on this? Should I be more concerned/thorough when vetting guests to come stay in my property? I deep-clean the residence between guests (per AirBnB guidelines), so am not concerned about any contamination impacting future guests.