Vermont will spend Independence Day under a State of Emergency. Eleven days after July 4, will the SOE be extended yet again? Depends on what happens in hot spots like Winooski, and in neighboring states.
"But the state of emergency and subsequent closures have been devastating for businesses, putting tens of thousands out of work. Even as the state reopens, many businesses say the current climate is not financially sustainable. Terry Culver, the owner of Last Time Around antiques in Barre, is still only seeing about a quarter of his normal foot traffic. "When you go into a state of emergency, it puts a panic back into people and they're just starting to loosen up to go shopping," he said. Culver hasn't been able to receive any state or federal help without taking on loans. He says his business depends on whether people feel comfortable being out and about. "I really think the state has to be careful on how far they push the state of emergency," he said. Scott again said the state of emergency also depends on conditions in neighboring states, pointing out that there's currently 130,000 COVID-19 cases within a five-hours drive of Vermont.”
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