Gov. Scott Extends Stay At Home Order

VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott announced Friday that the Stay at Home order will be extended through May 15th. Vermonters should only go to essential businesses during this time, and to continue with social distancing.

"We don't have enough evidence to show that the virus is spreading still, but our continued sacrifices will help Vermonters at this time," said Governor Scott.

"Vermonter's are saving hundreds of lives by staying home, and it's important that we don't let up,' he continued.

While the Governor acknowledged the sacrifice of Vermonters are making, he also said that he doesn't want to lift regulations too soon, as it could have adverse effects.

"We will continue to watch trends, and as soon as the data shows a downward trend, we can open the spigot, a quarter turn at a time, to get folks back to work in a way that's responsible and safe.  Please know, I will work every hour of every day, for as long as it tkes, to see Vermont through this and to help rebuild stronger than we were before," said Scott.

The Governor has also made changes to the order for lodging establishments to allow them to start booking reservations after June 15th, and has allowed for vehicle inspections due in April to be extended for an additional days so that people staying home can get them done.

Vermont's Human Services Secretary Mike Smith was also able to further insight on the prison population concern in St. Johnsbury.

"27 of 28 St. Albans innates who have tested postive have been moved here, and staff who worked there are self isolating," said Smith.

"We've done a lot of reach out in the St. Johnsbury area, and we've been pretty open in where these cases will go, and in terms of protection," Smith went on to say.

"We stand ready to universally test in the eighty capcity St. Johnsbury facility, if need be." said Smith.

"None of us have ever experienced this,we're all working hard to be fair, safe, and resonable, said Smith.

Shortly after the Governor's press confernece, St. Johnsbury Town Manager, Chad Whitehead,  released a statement on this prisoner transfer to St. Johnsbury.

"Our Fire Chief and Health Officer have reviewed protocols that have been implemented, and based on what we feel they are taking the appropiate measures to protect employees, innmates, as well as the general public," stated Whitehead.