VT's approved travel area shrinks as COVID-19 cases grow

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 28, 2020 07:29 AM
Created: October 28, 2020 07:22 AM

Vermont has some stricter rules in place for out-of-state travelers after an increase in coronavirus cases.

They are asking New York residents not to enter the state unless it is for essential travel.

According to Vermont’s travel map, fewer than 900,000 people can visit the state without a mandatory quarantine period.

Vermont reported 140 positive cases of COVID-19 between October 12 and 26. According to Gov. Phil Scott, much of the recent spread has stemmed from small social gatherings.

"We still have a pandemic we're dealing with right now. We can't let our guard down. We have to make sure we wear our mask and when we attend events, make sure everyone is following the guidelines,” Gov. Scott reminded Vermonters.

Gov. Scott says an outbreak that began at a Montpelier skating rink in early October continues to spread to other members of the community. The total number of infections from the outbreak has now reached 70.

Gov. Scott says the problem wasn’t with the people playing the sport itself.

“It wasn’t on the ice, it was off the ice. Social gatherings, carpooling, so we’re going to have to tighten that up,” he said.

The state’s health commissioner said Tuesday that the nation and even the immediate region could be labeled as dangerous. Officials went on to say now is not the time to get lax with guidelines, especially heading into the holidays.

To hear more about the changes, click on Emily De Vito's report. 

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