Vermont State Police clarify enforcement plans for grocery store piece of ‘Stay home, stay safe’

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For people wondering if/how State of Vermont plans to enforce emergency rules requiring curbside drops/delivery only for groceries, the following is quoted verbatim from a press release issued today by State Police (thank you Diane St. Cyr for the tip):

How will the order be enforced?

In instances where police officers observe or are made aware of people operating in violation of Gov. Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, law enforcement is encouraged to speak with the proprietor, staff, or group, provide a reminder of the new requirements, and assess voluntary compliance. Civil or regulatory mechanisms, specifically informing and educating those encountered in violation of the order about the mechanisms that may apply, could prove helpful.  Again, officials expect the vast majority of compliance to be self-regulating.

The executive order does not close roads, nor does it establish roadblocks, checkpoints or the authority to demand identification. Motor-vehicle and pedestrian traffic will continue as Vermonters engage in permissible activities outdoors and travel to and from businesses and entities that are continuing to operate under the order. Accordingly, the order does not establish cause to initiate a motor vehicle stop or detain people for questioning about their travel.

Link to full press release below:

https://vsp.vermont.gov/covid19/stayhome_enforcement?fbclid=IwAR2rDvV2Sw-P0NjYdSIvQcMqq-aiXCdDleF1_ttzru_oKqSQJTDBOA1EU9Y