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Today’s mask mandate will spur retail business activity, Scott predicts

By Guy Page

July 24, 2020 – Gov. Phil Scott doesn’t think the universal mask mandate he announced today will make Vermonters less willing to patronize businesses in-person. The opposite will be true, he predicted.

Vermont Daily asked Gov. Scott at his press conference today: “The Times Argus reported yesterday that banks and retailers are running short of small change in part because people aren’t walking into stores as much. It was also reported yesterday that the Stowe Reporter and its affiliate papers have had to lay off their editor and several other key news staff due to continued declining advertising. Given these canaries in the coal mine, are you concerned that your mask mandate will drive consumers to buy even more online and less through in-person visits to small, Vermont-owned retail businesses? And has your administration discussed if this increased online buying could turn into a permanent consumer choice for more Vermonters?” 

Gov. Scott replied: “I believe just the opposite. With the mask mandate, people will be more comforted [about going into stores]. I believe that this action that we are taking is proactive and will have the opposite effect.” Vermonters concerned about health risks will have more confidence shopping, he said. 

Today’s mandate requires universal wearing of masks in all indoor public places, and outdoors where social distancing cannot be practiced, by August 1. There are exceptions, such as while eating, drinking, and exercising, and for children under two and people with health considerations. 

Vermont Daily also asked Health Dept. Commissioner Mark Levine: “Given the false positives on antigen testing in Manchester, as the state’s public health expert are you concerned that some of the increase in large scale positive tests nationwide could be significantly due to a problem with antigen testing?” 

“That’s a great question,” Levine said. Only a third of the U.S. states require backup PCR testing to substantiate antigen testing results. He conceded that antigen testing is new. “I would hate to have this generalized across the country,” and his greater concern is that people will lose faith and confidence in antigen testing. Investigations are ongoing and he is confident it will determine with “clarity and definition” why antigen and PCR testing of the same people produced such wildly different results in Manchester.

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  1. It’s sad that our governor has chosen to put yet another nail in the coffin of our struggling local economy. There are a number of reputable scientific studies showing that face masks do not work to stop the spread of this virus. Here are just a few of many articles.:

    https://principia-scientific.com/cdc-masks-offer-no-significant-reduction-in-flu-transmission/

    https://web.archive.org/web/20200708111424/https://principia-scientific.org/why-masks-dont-work-against-covid-19/

    https://vaxxter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Masks-Final.pdf

    https://principia-scientific.com/top-medical-journal-mask-wearing-offers-little-if-any-protection/

    Additionally, many people cannot wear masks, for various reasons.

    Once this mandate goes into effect, I for one will no longer be visiting any local establishments. I will not be making any non-essential purchases, and what I do need will be purchased online, until which time this mandate is lifted. That will hopefully be by the November election, since this whole response to the virus, which is certainly no pandemic, seems to driven more by a political agenda, than concern for anyone’s health. Phil Scott has once again caved to the demands of the liberal left who cannot seem to process facts to reach logical, commonsense conclusions, to the detriment of those of us he is supposed to serve.

  2. It’s sad that our governor has chosen to put yet another nail in the coffin of our struggling local economy. There are a number of reputable scientific studies showing that face masks do not work to stop the spread of this virus. Here are just a few of many articles.:

    https://principia-scientific.com/cdc-masks-offer-no-significant-reduction-in-flu-transmission/

    https://web.archive.org/web/20200708111424/https://principia-scientific.org/why-masks-dont-work-against-covid-19/

    https://vaxxter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Masks-Final.pdf

    https://principia-scientific.com/top-medical-journal-mask-wearing-offers-little-if-any-protection/

    Additionally, many people cannot wear masks, for various reasons. Once this mandate goes into effect, I for one will no longer be visiting any local establishments. I will not be making any non-essential purchases, and what I do need will be purchased online, until which time this mandate is lifted. That will hopefully be by the November election, since this whole response to the virus, which is certainly no pandemic, seems to driven more by a political agenda, than concern for anyone’s health. Phil Scott has once again caved to the demands of the liberal left who cannot seem to process facts to reach logical, commonsense conclusions, to the detriment of those of us he is supposed to serve.

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