Innkeepers are a busy bunch. To save you time, VLA attends Governor Scott’s Covid-19 Press Conferences and takes notes for you. Below is the summary from 4.9.21

Governor Scott opened the press conference by talking about his $1 billion American Recovery Program Act proposal. Included is $142 million for economic development but only $50 million for economic recovery grants for businesses. Scott credited Vermont’s congressional delegation for their influence in bringing funds to the state.

Senator Sanders spoke about the importance of funds going to afterschool programs, particularly for summer programs. There will be $71 million coming to the state over the next three years in additional funding. Sanders made it clear that these programs need to be affordable or free for families.

Deputy Commissioner Bouchey informed the press that the Agency of Education is currently working to expand summer programming.

Covid Vaccination Update:

244,400 Vermonters have been vaccinated

88,200 have received their first dose

156,200 have received both doses.

Pharmacy access to vaccination is expanding.

Shaws, Rite Aid and Price Chopper are added to the list of options for people.

Vaccinations are expected to be made available for short term residents by the end of the month. These include college students who are NOT planning to stay for the summer)

Travel Guidance Update:

Starting today people coming into Vermont have to get tested 3 days before arrival. They will need to carry evidence of their negative test. Vermonters returning to the state will need to be tested within three days. There are no restrictions for vaccinated people. There was no discussion about quarantining.

View the Vermont Lodging Certificate of Compliance here. Updated 4-9-21

145 tested positive yesterday

2.0% positivity rate

23 hospitalized

7 in the ICU

Sadly – one death.

Dr. Levine received a question about a PBS article on long term Covid-19 side effects. He concurred that we don’t yet know how long people will suffer from lingering disease effects.

Vaccine Passport question – Secretary Kurrle said that it us up to the business if they want to ask about vaccination status.