Scott extends state of emergency to Sept. 15, lets towns get tougher on booze, parties

By Guy Page

Vermont Daily mentioned to Gov. Scott at his Aug. 11 press conference the small crowds at Barre-area restaurants and then asked, “Since most of the Covid-19 deaths are in Chittenden County, and most of the returning students are coming back to Chittenden County, and the interstate maps are already registered by county, how about a two-tiered system with stricter regs for CC and less elsewhere?”

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Gov. Scott’s answer on Tuesday focused more on restaurants and less on any two-tiered system. But Friday he dropped the other shoe. Municipalities may now enact Covid-19 transmission restrictions tougher than the state’s. This is the governor’s two-tiered system. State restrictions will stay in force statewide. However, towns and municipalities are welcome to put the public health “control” in local control.

How long will the state of emergency last?

Most reporters have stopped asking. Perhaps it’s a matter of “question fatigue,” because the response is usually a restatement of variables (most outside of Vermont’s control) that boils down to an answer something like, “as long as necessary.” However in recent weeks Gov. Scott has alluded to the availability of an effective vaccine as the likely event that will restore Vermont to pre-pandemic normalcy. He hasn’t come right out and said, “the state of emergency will continue until Vermonters are vaccinated,” but he has made statements to the effect that Vermonters will just have to hold on and work together until a vaccine or some other definitive pandemic-ending event occurs.

Clearly Vermont’s success at controlling transmission will never suffice alone for Scott to call off the SOE, as long as other states are still struggling. The other nearby states problem is frequently mentioned by Gov. Scott and his Health Dept. Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine.

Klar won’t run as independent, will focus on GOP wins in Legislature

Republican John Klar, soundly defeated in the Aug. 11 GOP gubernatorial primary by Scott, will not run as an independent, he announced in a statement Friday. However he will help the campaigns of Republican legislative nominees, especially the many affiliated with his campaign.

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9 thoughts on “Scott extends state of emergency to Sept. 15, lets towns get tougher on booze, parties

  1. Lowest rate of Covid in the country, yet Vermont’s liberal governor extends lock downs………how is this helping anyone? We know enough to keep people with health issues in quarantine but do not make the rest of us pay for the problems of a few…………tons of folks entering our state daily from other states, but that does not matter?
    If one is erring on the side of public safety then close our state borders and let our citizens be free……..a no brainer for sure………….

  2. So if you want to protest, have a riot, paint graffiti on the roads, this is still okay- but beer is an issue?
    Have I got this right?

  3. How are you going to know the rules from one town to another? It’s literally an unbelievably stupid rule, how and who are towns going to rely on for medical advice? Talk about a patch work nightmare.

  4. Towns and municipalities haven’t even been able to control the public health nightmare resulting from abandoned properties that harbor rats, raccoons and skunks. Most Towns give up and turn over responsibility to the Dept of Natural Resources, who do even less.

    Who’s going to enforce any of this? The 80 year old constable?

  5. “However in recent weeks Gov. Scott has alluded to the availability of an effective vaccine as the likely event that will restore Vermont to pre-pandemic normalcy”
    Any “vaccine” will not have been appropriately tested this year, and will exist only to boost the coffers of the likes of Faucci and Bill Gates — while providing yet one more means of control of the people.

    Klar found out that he was unable to shift party at this late hour. Now will exist to attempt molding voter sentiment. Never trust a l’yer.

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