As the weather warms, vaccination rates increase and mask mandates fall by the wayside, shops across the state say it’s starting to look like “business as usual” for the first time since the pandemic began.
Author: Ellie French
Pop-up vaccine clinic not just another day at the beach
On a 90-degree day, visitors to Burlington’s North Beach could take advantage of the one-shot Covid immunization from Johnson & Johnson.
Vermont relaxes mask mandate, following new CDC guidance
Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday.
Vermont considers first-ever certification for construction contractors
Vermont would set up its first-ever certification process for construction contractors under a bill endorsed by a Senate committee Thursday.
Senate approves updated sexual consent laws
When thousands of UVM students walked out of classes earlier this month to demand justice for survivors of sexual assault on campus, senators said it became clear how vital the council’s work might be.
Senate votes unanimously to apologize for state-supported eugenics
The eugenics movement quickly became focused on sterilization, segregation and institutionalization of any Vermonter deemed less-than, said Sen. Brian Collamore, R-Rutland.
House declares racism a public health emergency in Vermont
Racial disparities in health, poverty and homelessness point up the problem, legislators say.
Proposal to sink ferry in Lake Champlain is scuttled by public opposition
The plan was to scuttle the ferry Adirondack at the bottom of the lake in 2022, both to preserve the vessel and to give divers a new site to explore about a mile off the Burlington waterfront.
Report: Vermont spent $285 million over 10 years supporting dairy industry
An Agency of Agriculture official argues that beyond their economic impact, dairy farming and agriculture are a huge part of Vermont’s identity as a state, especially in rural areas.
Senate approves noncitizen voting for Winooski
Winooski’s request to allow noncitizen residents to vote in local elections won preliminary approval from the Vermont Senate on Friday.
Washington Central staff votes ‘no confidence’ in superintendent
The vote followed release of a climate survey last week that showed widespread dissatisfaction with Bryan Olkowksi’s leadership.
Media push back on proposal to bar press from Statehouse
Leaders of both the House and Senate have also voiced opposition to excluding the public.
Residents of Burlington encampment ask city for help with trash cleanup
“It was all about how the mess is building up and building up, but he didn't mention anything about how we all pitched in money out of our own pockets to get that dumpster,” one resident said.
House unanimously approves ban on toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products
The restrictions apply to four main areas: fire-extinguishing foam, food packaging, rugs and carpets, and ski wax.