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Masks being given out in Rutland to local businesses

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 7:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - Some 50,000 masks are being distributed for free to Rutland County businesses.

“This is about education. This is about not turning away a person coming in to buy something at a business,” said Lyle Jepson, the incoming executive director of the newly merged Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and Rutland Economic Development Corporation.

Jepson says Rutland is following the science. If stores and schools are open, people need to be wearing masks.

Beginning this week, all businesses in Rutland County will be offered a free box of 50 masks. Donations from local businesses made this possible.

Jepson says this is a way to follow the governor's order and keep business vibrant in the Rutland area.

“There are 27 different communities within the county, so we will be getting in our vehicles and driving out to businesses around the county. We would ask that businesses be patient. We have a lot of businesses to go to and we’re excited to do that,” Jepson said.

Jepson says if the group runs out of masks, they will get more.

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