Friday, June 5, 2020

Covid-19 Roundup: 1 new case; Hospitality rules eased; Protest spread a concern - Lab Netz

 Covid-19 Roundup: 1 new case; Hospitality rules eased; Protest spread a concern - Lab Netz

Maired Delaney, right, writes “BLM” for Black Lives Matter on the face mask of Amber Gorham as several hundred demonstrators gathered for a silent vigil to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota at the Five Corners intersection in Essex Junction on Friday, June 5, 2020. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott and other state officials outlined a series of orders on Friday that open the door to increased travel, more lodging opportunities including short-term rentals, and indoor restaurant dining. See VTDigger’s story

As the Covid-19 outbreak in Winooski continues to spread, state and city officials are facing questions about whether they have done enough to educate the city’s New American residents about the virus. See VTDigger’s story

The protests over the death of George Floyd are raising concern over Covid spread, as social distancing is almost impossible to maintain. But participants say protesting racial injustice and police brutality against black people is essential. See VTDigger’s story

The Vermont House approved a budget that will fund state government for the first quarter of the upcoming fiscal year, buying lawmakers and the governor time to craft a complete budget — which is expected to come with Covid-19 related cuts — over the summer. See VTDigger’s story

New PPP rules make the federal loan program more flexible for Vermont businesses, as it addresses many aspects of the loan-to-grant program that business owners — particularly restaurant owners — said made the program unusable. See VTDigger’s story

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