Covid-19

VT prison church services won’t resume anytime soon

Also: Guv says customer caution, not regulations, responsible for low turnout at restaurants

By Guy Page

August 11, 2020 – Vermont’s state prisons won’t be open to volunteers offering religious services anytime soon, Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said at Tuesday’s press conference. 

Vermont Daily asked: “Volunteer church groups are hoping to return to holding safe church services inside Vermont state prisons. They say it is an inmate’s religious right, just as the public is allowed to go to church as long as they are following the CDC guidelines. Has your team discussed this and what can volunteer groups expect?”

“We are very, very cautious about who comes into the correctional facilities,” Smith answered. “We have learned that the infection comes in from the outside. Whether it comes in through someone who is being booked into the facility, or visitors to our facility, we have been very cautious. It continues to be closed off until we can get a handle on what happens in our facilities.”

Corrections has been successful in limiting transmission with these strict contact management practices, and “I don’t see those changing anytime soon,” Smith said. “We will make changes as quickly as we can.”

Vermont Daily asked Gov. Phil Scott:  “My wife and I went to the Cornerstone Restaurant in Barre at 6:30 last Saturday night. It’s normally packed then, but there were only three other parties there. Since most of the Covid-19 deaths are in Chittenden County, and most of the returning students are coming back to Chittdenden County, and the interstate maps are already registered by county, how about a two-tiered system with stricter regs for CC and less elsewhere? And if not why not?”

The governor didn’t address a possible two-tiered system, and suggested customer caution, not regulations, are slowing diners’ return to Vermont’s restaurants. “A lot of people are cautious,” he said. “I’m not sure I’m excited about going out in a social way to a restaurant.” The state is offering grants and other economic support for the hospitality industry, he said. 

Clarification to August 8 news story, “AG Donovan, Planned Parenthood in ‘taxpayer supported collusion,’ Klar alleges”: The campaign benefit received by Attorney General TJ Donovan from the Planned Parenthood “Independent Expenditures” PAC was not a financial benefit, but rather one of endorsement and publicity. State law prohibits IE PACs from providing candidates with any campaign benefit of any kind.

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Levine unsure when vaccinated Vermonters will be immune

Climate caucus to hold first meeting Thursday Press pursues Trump bus pandemic risk story Scott signs into law  2021 Town Meeting changes By Guy Page The Vermont Department of Health can’t say when vaccinated Vermonters will be immune from Covid-19 and no longer a threat to transmit the disease to others. Vermonters eager to move […]

Commentary: Vermont not immune from mob rule mentality

The lesson here is clear. A political party spent several years gaining control of the government and then demanded complete conformity to their ideas. They implemented a concentrated ‘fake news’ machine which relied on the dictum that a lie repeated over and over becomes the truth. Anyone who opposed them were considered undesirable as members of society and were to be deplored and silenced. No dissent of any kind was tolerated.

VTWATERCOOLER COMMENT OF THE DAY (post yours at www.vtwatercooler.com):

Amazing…I would be willing to bet that the same people who are “concerned” about O’Dell’s protest are all for the “peaceful protests” happening in Portland, Seattle, and elsewhere.

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