Vermont orders stores to stop in-person sales of nonessential items

Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 6:22 PM EDT
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Vermont is cracking down on big-box retailers selling nonessential goods.

The state is ordering places like Walmart, Costco, and Target to stop in-store sales of arts and crafts, beauty products, carpet and flooring, clothing, electronics and more. They must restrict access to these items by removing them from the floor or closing aisles.

The state admits the variety of products in these stores attracts customers, that's why they are restricting what you can buy so you will stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development tells WCAX News that these aren't new restrictions. This is part of Gov. Phil Scott's original executive order.

The governor couldn't talk to but told us via his spokesperson that he "appreciates everything Vermonters have done thus far and recognizes it's been very disruptive, but every action taken has been to slow the spread of this virus, which if successful, will save lives. But it requires everyone to make some sacrifices."