20 Sep, 2020 00:45 am

Vermont bars can reopen counters and hotels may fill 100% capacity, Scott announces

Bars and restaurants with counter seating will be allowed to serve customers, under new guidelines announced Friday by Gov. Phil Scott, and lodging facilities can open to 100% capacity.Bars will be required to maintain a 6-foot separation between...

Lodging facilities can open to full capacity, a move Scott said was critical as fall foliage season approaches.Fauci said, we’re starting from a really good place,” Scott said, referring to comments Tuesday from Dr.“I know this is not enough to soften the economic blow to our hospitality sector,” Scott said.Tourism has tanked during the pandemic, and Scott made clear the latest effort to allow more visitors was a last opportunity for lodging establishments before a lull in October and November before ski season starts.

Hotels, inns and lodging establishments have been allowed to operate at 50% capacity since June.Mark Levine, the health commissioner, stressed people had to follow social distancing and other rules to make the reopening of bars and increased capacity of lodging establishments a success.

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