STATEMENT OF LT. GOVERNOR MOLLY GRAY IN RESPONSE TO RISE IN COVID-19 CASES
Montpelier, Vt - Today, Lt. Governor Molly Gray released the following statement on the need for further COVID-19 prevention measures:
“Over the last several days I have watched with concern at the uptick in COVID-19 cases being reported across Vermont. This recent rise in cases requires that strong measures be taken to protect the most vulnerable. Specifically, vaccinated Vermonters who are at greater risk of contracting the delta variant and unvaccinated children.
Because the current masking guidance is not yielding the outcomes intended, until the remaining 13 percent of eligible Vermonters are vaccinated, vaccines are approved for children under 12, and boosters for at-risk adults are fully available, we must take greater measures to protect Vermonters.
To that end, I have strongly encouraged Governor Scott and his Administration to take steps to further clarify indoor masking and social distancing recommendations and to consider steps necessary to issuing mask requirements or other measures critical to preventing spread and saving lives.
Under Governor Scott and Commissioner Levine’s leadership, Vermonters have proudly led the nation in pandemic response. I know that Vermont can continue to do so, but we must come together to protect our communities by taking additional measures at this time.”