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Advocates Lobby Vermont Governor To Keep State Of Emergency In Place

Vermont Statehouse (file)
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Vermont Statehouse (file)

When Vermont hits an 80% vaccination threshold, Gov. Phil Scott will lift all remaining pandemic restrictions and will rescind the state of emergency.  Advocates for homeless Vermonters and people facing food insecurity are urging Scott to delay fully lifting the emergency order used during the COVID-19 pandemic because it authorizes federal aid to the vulnerable communities.
A letter signed by representatives of 130 organizations and businesses across the state says the economic impact of COVID-19 remains widespread.
The advocates say levels of hunger have not decreased in the past year, an eviction crisis still looms and housing insecurity disproportionately affects families with children and Vermonters who are members of minority communities,

Scott’s office says they are likely to issue a separate executive order to retain the initiatives that help the vulnerable. They expect to release more details Tuesday.

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