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Burlington to drop COVID state of emergency June 15

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 4:08 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington’s mayor says he is ending the city’s state of emergency in two weeks.

Mayor Miro Weinberger declared a state of emergency on March 16th last year at the start of the COVID pandemic. He says it will end on June 15th, even if the governor lifts his state of emergency before then.

The mayor credited the county’s vaccination rate and corresponding low case counts as the reason for dropping the restrictions. More than 81% of county residents have had at least one vaccination -- the highest in the state -- and it averaged just one case per day over the last week.

“At that point, that does not mean our work to contain the virus will fully be complete. At that point, we will continue our commitment to ending any threat of a false spike in a return of the pandemic by continuing through the summer to push for the deployment of vaccines. We will also be working at executing an equitable economic recovery,” Weinberger said.

Weinberger said he’s inviting everyone down to the Discover Jazz Festival, where there will be a Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic this Friday and Saturday from 3 until 8 p.m. in City Hall Park.

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