Governor Phil Scott Announces Strengthened Mask Requirements
Montpelier, Vt. – As the state continues its sustained efforts to encourage mask use as a tool to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable, Governor Phil Scott today announced strengthened mask requirements in public places and congregate settings.
“Based on national and regional data on how the virus is spreading – and rather than waiting like other states have – I feel we need to act now to protect our gains, which have allowed us to reopen much of our economy,” said Governor Scott. “That’s why today I signed an Order, which will strengthen our current mask mandates, so that we do not take steps backwards and we can stay open into the fall as people move more of their interactions indoors,” Governor Scott added.
Effective Friday, August 1, 2020, the amendment requires all Vermonters to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household. Those who are not required to use masks include those exercising outdoors, those under the age of 2, those with a medical or developmental condition that is complicated by a facial covering and those with difficulty breathing. Businesses and other entities may require customers to wear masks, including signage explaining mask requirements and denial of entry or service to those who decline to wear masks.
“Unfortunately, this issue has become polarized and, I’m still worried that a mandate will create unnecessary conflict and resistance,” Governor Scott said. “Attacking, shaming, and judging isn’t going to help; but understanding, educating, leading by example, meeting people where they are, and maybe a little kindness and understanding will,” Governor Scott encouraged.
Developed in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), this amendment is critical to the state’s strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 in anticipation of K-12 and college students returning to school, as well as the fall and winter recreation seasons. To view the full amendment to the Executive Order, visit https://governor.vermont.gov/content/addendum-2-amended-and-restated-executive-order-no-01-20
Existing mask guidance that shall continue to apply includes:
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COVID-19 Testing Continues in Winooski
Testing is free and available to anyone - these tests are for people without symptoms. People with symptoms should call their doctors. The test will tell you if you have a current infection. It is not a serology/antibody test, which means it will not tell you if you were infected in the past. Children under the age of 12 months cannot be tested. The City of Winooski encourages anyone without symptoms to take advantage of these testing opportunities:
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Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program
The Mortgage Assistance Program, a Vermont COVID housing relief program launched on July 13 by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), provides $5 million to help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. The program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, not just to VHFA borrowers.
Information and application materials are available on VHFA’s website at www.vhfa.org/map. A Mortgage Assistance Program information hotline is open 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday, at 1 800 889 2047.
VHFA will accept applications until August 31, 2020.
Public Playgrounds Re-opened in Winooski
All public playgrounds in Winooski’s parks have re-opened for use. Please continue to respect 6’ social distancing guidelines, wear a mask whenever possible, and use hand sanitizer before and after use. Please note: playground equipment will NOT be disinfected.