Statewide mask rule coming, Scott suggests - VT Digger

Phil Scott hinted broadly at his press conference yesterday that he may within the week impose a statewide mask requirement.

"Asked if he would be announcing a mask mandate for Vermonters at his regular news conference Friday, Scott said Tuesday that “it depends what the modeling shows.” However, he added: “If it’s not Friday, it’ll be sometime in the future. I just sense what we’re seeing again throughout the West and the South and up the East Coast, it looks like it is coming back toward us, and so we want to prepare.” The expected influx of students next month from out of state, as well as leaf-peeping tourists, raised Scott’s concerns.

“With the number of students coming in in September, and we’ll have some travelers for fall foliage as well, so we’ll continue to utilize our education campaign and try to convince people that it’s the right thing to do, regardless of whether it’s mandated on Friday or not.”



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  • Brian Vogel
    commented 2020-07-28 12:13:41 -0400
    What gives Scott the authority to impose a statewide mask mandate?