Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Vermont has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic far better than most states. And now that so many Vermonters have been vaccinated, Governor Scott made the right decision to lift the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals — consistent with CDC guidance.
But, after a year of lecturing others to “follow the science,” it seems Vermont Democrats and Progressives are on the wrong side of the issue.
The Burlington City Council voted against rescinding the city’s mask mandate, delaying consideration of the issue for another three weeks. Some prominent progressives — like former Act 46 architect Rebecca Holcombe — have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with mask mandates being rescinded as we move through a common-sense reopening.
It seems that progressives like to follow the science — but *only* when it pleases them or their views.
They’d rather make Vermont shut down, lock up, and pay folks to stay home instead of return to work. In their reality, science is only viewed through the lens of a progressive ideology—not what’s best for Vermont, or what the experts actually agree on.
It is time for us to embrace the science, which says it is safe to reopen, it is safe to meet without a mask among vaccinated individuals, and that we don’t need more COVID lockdowns.
It’s time to do what’s right for Vermont.