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Scott opens up summer camps, dentistry, gyms, spas, gatherings to 25

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to indicate a low number of COVID-19 cases, he also increased the size of social gatherings to 25. The summer camps guidance includes protocols for out-of-state campers. Gatherings can be held inside and outside.

Scott, Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The members of the Vermont State Police and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said in a statement Friday afternoon that they unequivocally condemn the actions of police officers in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd.

Members of VSP Fair & Impartial Policing Committee speak out on police-community relations in Vermont

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The following members of the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee are joining agency and state leadership in condemning the atrocity in Minneapolis. In addition, the committee members, who have worked closely with the Vermont State Police for more than a decade to strengthen relationships between police and numerous communities throughout the state, believe the ongoing partnerships can set an example at home and beyond our borders for necessary structural change.

PAI: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 4:48pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute Health comes first. But the next biggest risk Vermonters face from the coronavirus pandemic is loss of income. As leaders in Montpelier contemplate the best uses for $1.25 billion in federal aid from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, insuring that Vermont families continue to have money for food and shelter has to be at the top of the list.

Northeast Kingdom Collaborative urges funding for NVU

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 2:15pm -- tim

by The Board Of Directors Of The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative For generations, NVU’s two campuses have been educational, cultural, and economic drivers for our region. As leaders from many different walks of life in the Kingdom, each and every one of us has seen the impact that NVU has had on our communities, our economy and our culture. NVU’s contribution to the Kingdom is invaluable. We know change is here and we embrace it. But for the successful future of the NEK that change has to include the continued existence of NVU. We implore our elected officials – from members of the Legislature to the Governor – to look closely at the immense impact that NVU has on the northern tier of Vermont and fund NVU appropriately.

Welch hears from over 80 lodging proprietors

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Congressman Peter Welch heard from over 80 businesses in the state’s lodging sector during a virtual Vermont Chamber Town Hall about how COVID-19 is affecting Vermont’s lodging properties. The May 26 Town Hall was an opportunity for lodging businesses to further Congressman Welch’s understanding of COVID-19’s impact, share ideas, and help shape what future assistance will look like.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Three more cases, another death for 55

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that there were three more cases of COVID-19 for 971 total and one more death from the novel coronavirus for a statewide total of 55. This is only the second death from the virus in three weeks. There currently is no one hospitalized for COVID-19. VDH says that if Vermonters continue to follow good hygiene practices, wear facial coverings, and keep up physical distancing — and the state continues its strong testing and contact tracing capabilities — the outlook is good to control the spread of the virus.

Boston Celtics and VistaPrint fed 50+ Vermont childcare workers today

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, May 28th, The Boston Celtics, on behalf of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, and Vistaprint worked with Healthy Living Market & Cafe of South Burlington, VT, whose co-owner Eli Lesser-Goldsmith is a Celtics season-ticket holder, to provide meals to over 50 daycare workers in Vermont as part of the ‘Food for Heroes’ campaign.

Weekly unemployment claims keep falling, down to 1,552

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 4:56pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine As Governor Scott continues to open up the economy, the weekly unemployment insurance claims have continued to subside. Initial and ongoing claims have now decreased every week since the peak in early April. The weekly claims report indicates that for the week ending May 23, 2020, the Department processed 1,552 Initial Claims, down 647 from the previous week but 1,122 more than the same time last year. Total new and continuing claims are 51,837, a decrease of 5,465 from the previous week and 48,204 more than the same time last year.

AG withdraws motion for preliminary injunction against Rutland gym

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) today notified the Rutland Superior Court that it is withdrawing its motion for preliminary injunction, filed on May 15, 2020, against Rutland gym Club Fitness of Vermont and its owner, Sean Manovill. In addition, the AGO and Defendants, Club Fitness of Vermont and Manovill, jointly requested that the Court convert the hearing on the motion scheduled for May 29, 2020, into a status conference. The State’s underlying Complaint remains.