Scott signs bill allowing Vt. communities to create mask mandates

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 9:26 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:37 PM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The governor has signed the bill allowing Vermont cities and towns to create their own mask mandates.

Gov. Phil Scott announced the move Tuesday during his weekly COVID news briefing.

The policy allows towns to pass mandates in 30-day increments until the end of April.

Scott says the law is a compromise with Democratic lawmakers who wanted a statewide approach.

He also criticized 17 Democratic senators for passing a resolution, as well. It calls on the governor to use all possible public health measures to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and associated death.

The governor says broad restrictions are not needed because of our high vaccination, testing and low fatality rates.

“I’m not willing to move us backward and, frankly, I think it sends the wrong message about how effective vaccines are, and it snatches hope from the hands of Vermonters,” said Scott, R-Vermont.

The resolution also called on the governor to increase testing capacity, provide stronger guidance for schools and a statewide indoor mask mandate.

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