Travel and Lodging Restrictions Issued by Gov. Scott

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LYNDON: Monday morning Governor Scott issued an order addressing new travel and lodging restrictions for the state of Vermont. These efforts are being made to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state, specifically for out-of state travelers coming into Vermont and Vermonters returning home.

Reinforcing the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" orders, Gov. Scott is urging that anyone coming into Vermont self quarantine for 14 days. However; this does not include Vermonters coming to and from New Hampshire for essential work.

 

The most significant change that will come from Scott's new order is in regards to the lodging industry, such as hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and temporary rentals used through websites like "Airbnb". All of these facilities are to be closed except for state approved COVID-19 assistance. Additionally, all public and private campgrounds and RV parks have been closed. This will be enforced by Vermont State Police, and any non-compliant businesses were notified by the Department of Health as well as the Department of Public Safety to make the necessary changes.

Gov. Scott is anticipating the peak of the COVID-19 threat in Vermont is yet to come. "I think everyone should expect this will be extended to April 15th and beyond." Said Scott during his press conference Monday morning, "I think it's up to all of us to make sure that we implement all the measures that we put into place in the executive order and all the amendments since. The sooner we do that, the sooner we'll get through this."