The real strength of universal masking is simply that if everyone wears a mask a virus must penetrate not one but two masks to cause mischief.
Helped by the St. Johnsbury resident behind NEK Operation Face Mask, organizers in some Kingdom school districts have begun putting together cloth masks for students and staff.
The governor reversed course on masks, though almost none of the underlying factors had changed.
The poll, conducted by VPR and Vermont PBS, also found that 76% of Vermonters support a statewide masking mandate.
‘Individuals entering into society,’ George Washington wrote, ‘must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.’
Officials at Northern Vermont University estimate 300 students at max will be returning to its Lyndon campus in early August, down from the typical 450 to 500.
If businesses were able to put up a sign with a state mandate, they would feel empowered to enforce it, which would assist them in reopening.
The governor says masks could be appropriate as students return and fall weather moves social gatherings indoors.
Why is the governor not sticking to his original game plan? Why is the wearing of a mask still only recommended or encouraged? Why, during a serious pandemic, is anyone given a choice?
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and former education secretary Rebecca Holcombe, the top contenders for the Democratic nomination, are criticizing Gov. Phil Scott for his reluctance to mandate face coverings in public spaces.
I still have the laminated card from 1990 in my wallet. A picture of a gas mask on the front with two single lines in bold black lettering.
This important action needs to originate with the governor’s office. Retail workers should not be forced to fight this battle.
Workers in stores and businesses around Vermont will be wearing masks to protect you. Please, be respectful, and extend them the same protection.
Burlington will now require customers to wear masks in retail shops. And people coming into in city buildings in Burlington and South Burlington must be masked.