Lt. Governor David Zuckerman Holds Press Conference On Making Masks Mandatory
MONTPELIER: Today, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman held a press conference in front of the capitol building calling for a mask mandate across Vermont. Lt. Governor Zuckerman was joined by Kathryn Becker Van Haste, State Director for Senator Bernie Sanders, as Senator Sanders called for a national mask mandate from the Senate floor. Senator Anthony Pollina, and Anne Watson, Mayor of Montpelier also spoke.
“It is clear from the science and research that masks must be worn in all public buildings, including statewide offices and schools, as well as at outdoor public events. The health and safety of Vermonters is at stake,” said Lt. Governor Zuckerman.
He continued with a poignant story from one of the many Vermonters who has reached out to his office, “I want to tell you about an older Vermonter who wrote to me this week. She has a compromised immune system and needed her refrigerator repaired. When the appliance repair person arrived at her house he was not wearing a mask and when she asked him if he had a mask she said, ‘It was like he became a different person.’ And she was terrified to ask him again because she feared ‘the outcome would be worse than the risk of getting COVID-19.’ She ended her message by saying, ‘If Gov. Scott had been truly protecting Vermonters, I would not have had to risk my safety in my own home just to get my refrigerator working again.’”
The Lt. Governor concluded, “We have an opportunity in front of us to keep our COVID-19 infection rate low, to stay ahead of the second wave, and ensure our schools have one of the tools to reopen safely, help our businesses and their employees stay safe as we encourage tourists to visit, and keep our elderly and those most vulnerable healthy.”