COVID-19

06/19/2020
The Scott administration announced Friday that as of June 26, restaurants, entertainment venues and other hospitality businesses will be able to open their doors to more people. The new rules set the cap for indoor establishments at 75 people and outdoor operations at 150 people, or 50% of their total capacity — whichever is less. Under previous guidance, capacity was capped at 25% of their approved fire safety occupancy. Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle said that while the lifting of capacity restrictions won’t “make the hospitality industry whole...
06/19/2020
The Vermont House on Thursday approved a $95 million COVID-19 aid package that includes funding for housing assistance and broadband expansion. The approved package includes $43 million that would be used for internet expansion, financial assistance for utilities and other initiatives. The remaining $52 million would go toward aid for landlords, tenants, and those experiencing homelessness as well as expanding affordable housing. The bill, H.966, also contains $11 million to help pay for telecom providers to build broadband out to underserved areas. The Department of Public Service will...
06/18/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the past six months since the novel coronavirus first reached the United States, about 115,000 Americans have died and roughly 36 million have lost jobs.  Meanwhile, Congress has struggled to keep up with the nationwide devastation despite passing four bills authorizing $3 trillion in aid for coronavirus relief, including more than $1 billion for Vermont.  As the nation faces recession and lawmakers debate over the scope and goals of the next relief package, here’s a breakdown of how the congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Vermont and what work...
06/18/2020
BURLINGTON — Beginning June 15 and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to COVID-19. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products. Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donations will be tested using samples pulled at the time of...
06/18/2020
Peter Ryersbach’s letter of June 4 suggests we use science to guide decisions on what COVID precautions are reasonable. The guide will reveal that the science of viral epidemics is not only incomplete, but changing day to day, even among the most respected doctors. Dr. Fauci said yesterday the virus confounds him more every day. If you and I and Peter are not confused, we should be. Despite unwise cutbacks in budgets, the CDC has tackled sophisticated topics in epidemiology skillfully. It has done poorly at teaching us enough science to motivate us to follow their advice on how to live safely...
06/15/2020
WEST HAVEN — Dirt track racing is coming back to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Monday night, June 15, but without fans in the grandstand. Devil’s Bowl will host “The COVID Crusher” event today at 7 p.m. to kick off the Vermont stock car racing season. The event will count for championship points for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified, O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint divisions. The headline Sportsman Modifieds will race 29 laps for $1,200 to win and $125 to start, while the four support classes will each run “COVID-19” laps....
06/15/2020
BRISTOL — After completing the final 12 weeks of the 2020 school year remotely due to COVID-19, the Mount Abraham Unified School District has begun planning for school buildings to reopen in the fall. “Some form of in-person learning is likely to happen in the fall, almost certainly with some safety measures in place,” said Superintendent Patrick Reen in a June 9 “MAUSD Community Announcement” video posted to the Northeast Addison Television website. In the meantime, MAUSD summer programs — including Expanded Learning, Summer Meals and special education programming — will get under way later...
06/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has temporarily relaxed the eligibility standards for its free food and other charitable services, in recognition of the economic pain many Addison County families are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Middlebury-based nonprofit is now serving households earning 250% of the federal poverty line, which translates to $3,592 a month for a two-person household and $5,458 for a family of four. Until around two weeks ago, HOPE was serving locals earning no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline. HOPE operates a well...
06/12/2020
The Vermont House is racing to craft a roughly $600 million spending package using nearly half of the $1.25 billion the state received from the federal government in April to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Thursday, House committees had publicly put forward more than $600 million worth of spending proposals that rely on the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was established by the federal CARES Act this spring. Committees have proposed using the money for a variety of pressing needs — from helping schools cope with the expenses of adapting to the pandemic, to...

After a long closure due to the coronavirus, Middlebury Indoor Tennis will reopen on June 15 with restrictions. — file photo
06/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) will begin a limited and phased reopening of its tennis facilities on Monday, June 15. According to an MIT press release, the facility’s ownership will proceed slowly and cautiously while adhering to guidelines from the state and the tennis industry and “keeping the safety of our members, guests, and staff foremost in our minds.” On Monday the facility will reopen to MIT members only and for private, non-group lessons. Only singles play and pro lessons will be permitted. Play will be allowed by advance reservation only; there will be no drop-in...

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