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  • coronavirus Jun 5

    Vermont Expands Travel, Dining and Lodging Capacity

    Vermont eateries will be able to serve people indoors, lodging facilities can fill more rooms and some out-of-staters will be able to visit without a two-week quarantine, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. The next step in reopening Vermont comes as the state experiences a localized outbreak in Winooski, where 34 people tested positive for coronavirus Thursday. “I recognize this is…

  • coronavirus Jun 1

    Vt. Gov. Loosens DMV Restrictions, Looks to Reopen Indoor Dining

    Vermont is allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to administer driver’s permits and license tests, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday, adding that outdoor dining may soon resume as the state slowly eases coronavirus restrictions. Scott said in a news conference that he would detail additional moves for reopening later this week, which, if the data continues to move in...

  • coronavirus May 29

    Vermont Gyms, Cleaning Services Can Resume

    Vermont gyms, nail salons and in-home services got the green light from Gov. Phil Scott to reopen Friday with capacity limits. “I’m very pleased to see our trends moving in the right direction and we feel comfortable taking additional steps today,” Scott said. “This has affected each and every one of us and we’re showing that together, we can...

  • coronavirus May 27

    Vermont Eyes Opening to Out-of-State Travelers as Coronavirus Rates Fall

    Vermont is studying how and when it can open to tourism from neighboring states as coronavirus rates fall in places such as Massachusetts and New York, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday. In a news briefing, Scott said his administration was developing benchmarks to determine when it would be “smart and safe” to welcome back out-of-state travelers. “I know how incredibly…

  • coronavirus May 23

    Haircuts, Other Services to Resume in Vt., But Summer Fairs Canceled

    Friday brought mixed news for residents of Vermont, with certain close-contact services allowed to resume but fairs and festivals canceled for the summer. Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, said crowd sizes at those events are simply too large and noted there is considerable coronavirus activity in certain portions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York. Additionally, fairs see people from all…

  • coronavirus May 22

    Vermont Gov. Gives Go-Ahead for Restaurants to Reopen Immediately

    Restaurants can reopen immediately in Vermont with outdoor seating if they’re ready, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday. “I understand it won’t be possible for all restaurants to start today,” Scott said, “but this lets them open up after a very long two months of sacrifice and with bills still coming in and with no income.” The order to reopen...

  • coronanvirus May 15

    Vt. Gov. Relaxes Stay-at-Home Advisory, Extends State of Emergency

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is extending the state’s emergency declaration until June 15 and relaxing the stay-at-home advisory. “We’re now two months into the state of emergency but I’ve got to admit, it seems like a year ago. It’s incredible to think back to all that’s happened since early March,” Scott said. “We’ve all been through a lot.” Campgrounds,...

  • Vermont May 8

    Vermont High Schools Get Creative for Graduation

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s message for schools is to play creatively while the ban on gatherings of 10 people or more remains in place. That message applies to graduations as well.

  • coronavirus May 1

    Now Past Coronavirus Peak, Vermont Announces Plan to Reopen Some Businesses

    Vermont will begin reopening some businesses on Monday following the stunning shutdowns forced by the coronavirus as the state continues to see promising signs that the worst of the pandemic is over, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The governor said that the coronavirus peak has now passed and that he has signed an order allowing manufacturing, construction and distribution businesses…

  • coronavirus May 1

    Some Vermont Businesses Move Closer to Reopening

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued guidance Friday on how to reopen the economy.

  • coronavirus Apr 24

    Vermont Takes Another Step Toward Reopening Its Economy

    The governor of Vermont Friday said he will continue taking slow and careful steps to reopen the state’s economy, but has signaled if COVID-19 infections pick up, progress could be dialed back again. “No one wants to get Vermont back to work more than me,” said Gov. Phil Scott. “But as we do, we must outsmart and beat this...

  • coronavirus Apr 22

    Vt. Urges Residents Without Internet to Contact Authorities Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    Officials in Vermont urged residents unable to connect to the internet to contact authorities in an effort more make sure everyone can access vital resources amid the coronavirus pandemic. During a news conference, June Tierney, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, said those without connectivity should call the DPS, which would work to help them. Such residents could…

  • coronavirus Apr 20

    Slope of COVID-19 Curve in Vt. Continues to Plateau Despite New Deaths

    The number of people in Vermont who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now stands at 38, according to numbers released Monday by the Department of Health. There are now 816 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. During a Monday news conference with Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said although…

  • coronavirus Apr 17

    Vt. Gov. Taking Steps to Restart Economy

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott outlined a five-step process to restart the state’s economy Friday after health officials determined they have reached their peak in coronavirus cases. “While these trends are encouraging, I want to be clear – we’re not declaring victory because we’re not out of the woods yet,” Scott said, “but we are seeing some daylight. Here’s what’s...

  • coronavirus Apr 15

    Vermont Coronavirus Cases Continue to Plateau

    Vermont officials are seeing a plateau in the number of coronavirus cases, with under five percent of tests coming back positive each day, officials said. As of Wednesday, the state had reported 752 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, including 29 fatal cases. “There’s clearly a tendency towards a plateauing,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in a…

  • coronavirus Apr 10

    Vt. Gov. Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency Until May 15

    Gov. Phil Scott on Friday extended Vermont’s state of emergency until May 15. It had been set to expire on April 15. The state of emergency includes the stay-at-home order. Schools remain dismissed through the end of the school year. “I know how disappointing this is to many, if some were hoping we could magically flip a switch and go…

  • state of emergency Apr 10

    Scott Extends Vermont’s State of Emergency Through May 15

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott extended the State of Emergency on Friday through May 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • coronavirus Apr 8

    Gov. Scott to Extend State-of-Emergency Order in Vermont

    Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday said he would extend Vermont’s state-of-emergency order later this week as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the state surpassed 600. In a press conference, Scott said he would announce the extension and provide further details Friday. Scott said social distancing measures had helped slow the spread of COVID-19, adding that data showed over…

  • coronavirus Apr 8

    UVM Gym Becomes Hospital Surge Site for Coronavirus Patients

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has written the White House to request a federal disaster declaration that would help him recoup some of the small state’s costs of preparing for the coronavirus crisis. Vermont said it has already spent well over $20 million in response costs. “The COVID-19 disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the…

  • coronavirus Apr 3

    Vt. Officials Advise Residents to Wear Face Masks in Public

    In an update on COVID-19, Vermont health officials advised residents to wear face masks.

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