VT Strong news – Burlington, VT: VT Dept of Health reports 3.17.2020.

Gov. Phil Scott called on Vermonters to help protect our most vulnerable ­– the elderly and the very ill ­– and announced several strategies to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. They include restricting visitor access at long-term care facilities, prohibiting non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people or 50% of a location’s capacity, whichever number is lower, and suspending out-of-state travel for state employees. Gov. Scott declared a state of emergency to help ensure Vermont has all the necessary resources to respond to this evolving threat. Read the executive order(link is external).    What this means for Vermonters

The Governor also announced a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school-related activities(link is external), no later than Wednesday, March 18. The Governor directed child care centers across the state to close normal operations but encourages continued operation exclusively where needed to provide child care services for workers who are essential to Vermont’s ongoing effort in community mitigation of COVID-19. Read the guidance(link is external).

The Governor is also now ordering the closing of all bars and restaurants statewide. Food service establishments can continue to offer takeout and delivery service. This measure is effective beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and is in effect until April 6, though this could be extended.

On March 16, health officials reported another four cases of the new coronavirus COVID-19.