Phased restart of Vermont’s economy
Today Gov Scott signed an addendum to his Executive Order 01-20 which outlines the initial steps towards getting Vermonters back to work.
The addendum authorizes outdoor businesses and construction crews with one or two workers as well as some low-contact professional services such as attorneys, appraisers and realtors to operate as long as specified safety requirements can be met.
In addition, the addendum clarifies guidance to allow more retail operations to operate through phone-in or online ordering with curbside pickup or delivery.
The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development issued a guidance memo which outlines the mandatory safety and health requirements for all businesses.
The state’s latest modeling shows the growth rate in new COVID-19 cases has averaged below 4% for the last 12 days, the rate at which cases double has slowed dramatically and the number of people requiring hospitalizations remains stable. As Gov Scott noted, “This is all a result of the hard work and sacrifice of Vermonters across the state, and I can’t thank you enough”.
Stay Home, Stay Safe remains in effect
“These forecasts show we can continue to slow the number of new COVID-19 cases if we continue to stay vigilant, meaning staying home, avoiding large gatherings, staying six feet away from others, using a cloth face covering when in public and washing our hands,” added the Governor. “But what these trends also show is that with the right precautions, we can take small steps to get more Vermonters back to work and avoid a spike in cases that would put lives at risk.”