MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday extended Vermont's state of emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.
The original state of emergency, issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 15, as were the subsequent mitigation measures. As a result of this extension, all measures are now in effect until midnight on May 15. Schools remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of the school year.
"These are incredibly difficult times, and I know this extension is disappointing news for many. But the fact is, Vermonters are literally saving hundreds of lives by staying home," Scott said in a media release. "We are making big sacrifices to save lives, but we cannot let our foot off the gas just yet. We will continue to watch the trends, and as soon as the data shows a downward trend, we can open the spigot, a quarter turn at a time, to get folks back to work in a way that's responsible and safe. Please know, I will work every hour of every day, for as long as it takes, to see Vermont through this and to help rebuild stronger than we were before."
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