The state has gotten about 30 complaints from the public so far about non-essential businesses that are still operating. The state recently created a portal where people can file such complaints. The complaints go into a central location, and then they are sent to law enforcement agencies who can check up on them. If it’s substantial, it’s sent to the Attorney General’s Office for consideration of further action.
Lindsay Kurrle, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said at Gov. Phil Scot’s press conference on Wednesday that the department has also gotten several requests from companies for waivers that will allow them to keep operating.
Last week, the state AG’s office and the city of Burlington outlined fines that would be issued to individuals and businesses that don’t follow distancing and other rules set in place in March to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Nobody has been fined so far, Kurrle said.
“Sometimes it’s just a matter of picking up the phone and offering additional education or guidance,” she said. “We’re feeling pretty positive that folks are willing to listen and trying to comply on their own.”
— Anne Wallace Allen