Washington COVID Impacts on Vermont

VERMONT - It has been a year since the first known COVID-19 case was confirmed in Vermont.

Since then, we have seen businesses close either temporarily or for good. This is due to restrictions that caused people to limit their time out in public and change their habits.  Everything was forced to be shut down but restrictions have allowed things to start to reopen.

Now, a year later with 3 vaccines and hope in view, U.S Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Patrick Leahy, joined Governor Phil Scott at his bi-weekly press conference on March 5th to go over the COVID relief package.  This legislation, being called "The American Rescue Plan", is working its way through Washington and will have an impact on Vermont.

This bill includes assistance for hospitals, and also helps with safety for students as they return to in person learning. It also targets help towards businesses and restaurants that have been impacted by the pandemic.

"They just want  our state to be the way it was. They want to hug their children. They wanna have cookouts with their neighbors, they want to be able to go to church or synagogue. They want to go to a grocery store," said Senator Leahy.

According to Senator Bernie Sanders, "The American Rescue Plan" calls for $1.35 billion to be distributed to state and local governments.  Of that, $202 million will come to Vermonters who need assistance with their rent, mortgages or utility bills.  89% of Vermonters can expect roughly $2230 in stimulus money per household, and 143,000 Vermonters can expect a child tax credit.