BURLINGTON, Vermont (WCAX) – Vermont on Friday entered the first phase of a two-step plan that will end travel restrictions in the event of the state’s pandemic by June. Business resumed at the Burlington International Airport as more and more people here and across the country are starting. hit the road and the friendly sky. “The airport is alive. It’s so exciting to see so many people here, ”said Gene Richard from the airport. Friday marked the first stage of the Vermont Forward plan. Travelers who visit must now take a COVID-19 test three days before arrival. And returning Vermonters need a test within three days of their return. This eliminates the mandatory quarantine when you enter the state. And if you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to get tested, as long as you don’t have any symptoms. Richards says that with more people vaccinated and less advice, they see more travelers. “We have just abolished the old governor’s regime. We are in the process of putting in place the rules for the new governor, ”he said. Most of the travelers we spoke with said they received the vaccine. “No one has checked yet. It’s a bunch of nonsense. I have it, it’s just a card saying I have both vaccines, “said Rick Toby of Alabama.” It makes things a lot easier. It’s safer to travel, absolutely, “said Anne Bandy of Brandon.” Some people are still afraid. I’ll give it 35-45 days to be absolutely sure. I will wear the mask until the variations are corrected, ”said Angilia Durham-Simmons of Iowa. Ashley Cota from Essex says she just found out about the rule change. “I’m just going to take the test, follow the rules. I intended to quarantine so it’s a little easier, ”she said. On the highway, drivers said the changes were going in the right direction. “Yeah, I would love to go back to a normal life,” said Robin Jarvis of Plattsburgh. “Oh yeah, I can’t wait to travel this summer,” said Red Fox of Massachusetts. Some parts of the country fear people will play by the rules, allowing the virus to spread. “To a certain extent, I think that’s good news. I’m not sure everyone is playing by the rules, but I think it makes people feel better. It gives them some hope, and I think that’s what we need now, “said Stephen Giroux of Windsor.” Are they going to pass the test? That’s the thing, ”Durham-Simmons said. Airport officials say they saw around 4,000 travelers this week and expect around 5,000 next week. It’s still about half of what they would normally see. But for the prospect, they average around 800 passengers per week during the pandemic. Copyright 2021 WCAX. All rights reserved. .
BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WCAX) – Although travel restrictions remain due to the pandemic, traffic is starting to pick up at Burlington International Airport, airport officials said in early February they were receiving around 1,200 passengers per week. The month ended with around 2,000 passengers a week, and they estimate that as access to the vaccine grows and travel restrictions are relaxed, traffic will increase even more. fewer and fewer flights are departing from Burlington. if you plan to travel, plan ahead so the airlines can keep up with demand. “I encourage people to book early. So if they know they’re going to get the vaccine in the next three or four weeks and want to travel. they should make their reservations now, ”said Gene Richards, director of aviation at Burlington International Airport. It’s unclear exactly when the airport will pick up its full flight list, but they are optimistic that all pre-pandemic flights will return when things open up again Copyright 2021 WCAX. All rights reserved. .
ROUSES POINT – Vermont has eased travel restrictions in border towns, allowing cross-border day trips for additional essential purposes, but Rouses Point Mayor Jedidiah Thone said the impact on his village could be minimal. “Looks like they can’t go shopping and they can’t eat out,” he told Republican press on Friday. “It won’t help our stores or our restaurants, but it’s a start.” This is a very important start. BORDER TOWN TRAVEL’s Vermont State Trade and Community Development Agency recently added travel changes to its website, lifting the quarantine for those traveling between border towns for certain purposes. defines a “border town” as a municipality within five miles of the Vermont state line, noted that many Green Mountain state border towns were “economically and culturally linked” to them . from a neighboring state Border town Residents of Vermont and residents of border towns in neighboring states were not required to quarantine if: • They have traveled five miles or less to the neighboring state or Vermont • They traveled to one of its neighboring states or to Vermont and back home the same day • They traveled for an essential purpose or for any activity necessary for their physical or mental health. Physical or mental health The individual’s involvement included going to worship, going to the gym, having their hair cut and participating in location-based outdoor recreation, the agency said. “This does not include activities such as social gatherings, dining in a restaurant or bar, or going to an indoor entertainment venue, for example, a cinema or a bowling alley,” he adds. People were still required to follow COVID-19 prevention measures, such as wearing a mask and staying at least six feet away from people they do not live with. crossings via the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge at Rouses Point, which connects the village to Alburgh, Vermont. Asked about the weight of this traffic, the mayor noted that a lot of things were related to work and said: “There is enough.” Such travel was already deemed essential under Vermont’s COVID-19 travel restrictions, along with other permitted travel purposes, including personal safety; Health care; caring for others; shared custody of parents; food, drink or medicine; and school. The real businesses that suffer the most from border restrictions are the restaurants, shops and marinas in Rouses Point, the mayor said. “They don’t have the visitors, they don’t have the Canadians,” Thone said. “The marina was hammered, just hammered for not having the Canadians in.” Given the five-mile range and other stipulations attached to the border town’s latest travel guidelines, while the village mayor appreciated the changes, he said, “I just don’t ‘I don’t see how much of an impact that is going to have. “” I don’t think there are a lot of people in Alburgh, Vermont who go to Rouses Point church, “he said as a example. VACCINATED VISITORS New York and Vermont recently adopted guidelines allowing fully vaccinated people to travel freely within their boundaries and without quarantine, provided mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines are followed. The village mayor estimated that the change would have a “much bigger” impact on the lakeside municipality than the last update from the border town. “It will help a lot,” he said. “I’m really happy with it.” North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas said any travel-related adjustments are welcome and reflect real progress in vaccines. “While this Vermont layout further supports traditional commuting between New York border communities, particularly in Essex County where many Vermonters regularly purchase and obtain services in places such as Ticonderoga, we Also now have the ability for New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated to travel to Vermont for non-essential activities, “said Douglas. normal, piece by piece.” CANADIAN CROSSING Douglas said interstate travel easements were the types of “intermediate stops” the chamber hoped to see seriously considered at the Canadian border. This northern passage has been closed to all non-essential travel since March of last year. “The difference, unfortunately, is that Canada is lagging behind the United States in getting its population vaccinated, which can only compromise their prep aration to interim progress ”, declared the president of the chamber. “We continue to call on the US government and our federal officials to push for the fastest progress,” he continued. “We can’t expect anything too soon, but we believe the United States can help encourage progress as soon as it is reasonable.” Surely it should start at some point with those who are vaccinated. »Email McKenzie Delisle: mdelisle @ pressrepublican. comTwitter: @McKenzieDelisle.
Fully vaccinated people can travel to and from Vermont without quarantine restrictions, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said this afternoon as new state travel and assembly guidelines take effect. . After two weeks of receiving the final dose of the vaccine, people can travel to Vermont from out-of-state without meeting the prior requirement of a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine. followed by a negative PCR test. The policy announced on February 19 went into effect on February 23, following CDC guidelines that fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to follow state quarantine protocols. “As the people of Vermont continue to sacrifice themselves to keep their neighbors safe, these changes represent a positive turning point in this pandemic,” Governor Scott said. “Our number one priority has been to protect those most vulnerable to the virus and to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.” Plus, those who are fully vaccinated can reunite with another household at a time, Scott said. State officials said all guidelines such as social distancing, wearing masks and capacity limitations must still be followed by Vermonters and visitors, whether or not they are vaccinated. InSpace, which announced $ 2.5 million in venture capital funding, provides tools educators can use to encourage classroom engagement “The changes announced today are a direct result of our continued progress , but it’s important that we stay focused, ”said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but we have to walk to get there safely, we can’t run,” Scott said. .
PROVIDEN – Dozens of vaccinated health care workers get a free trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday, with permission from the New England Patriots and the Kraft family.
The 76 workers come from the six New England states and work in a variety of health care jobs that put them at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They fly to Tampa on a Patriots team plane on Sundays to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All travel expenses, including two nights of hotel lodging, were borne by Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft and his family, who said they wanted to show their appreciation for the toughness and sacrifice shown by health workers during the pandemic.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised Sunday health workers at Logan Airport before they took off.
“To be honest when you think about some of those great Patriot slogans – ‘do your job,’ ‘no day off’ – perhaps no group during this pandemic has shown it more day after day than our health care workers,” said Baker. .
Here’s a glimpse at the development of other coronaviruses throughout New England:
The cold weather prompted Rhode Island to close all state-run COVID-19 testing facilities on Sunday.
The test site is expected to reopen on Monday. State officials said people who had scheduled tests on Sunday would not need to make new appointments but had to show up at the scheduled test site when it reopened.
Rhode Island’s seven-day average of new cases continued to decline, from 748 on January 23 to 393 on Saturday. No new data were announced on Sunday.
Health officials’ warnings to Connecticut residents to avoid gathering in groups outside their own homes for the Super Bowl Sunday night included news that four more cases of the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus had been detected in the state.
Connecticut now has 20 confirmed cases of B117, a mutation that was first reported in the UK and thought to be easier to transmit.
“Connecticut’s figures are pointing in the right direction,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford in a statement. “We don’t want the spike in cases we see after the holidays, so enjoy playing with only members of your household. Vaccines are administered at a steady rate so that if we can all minimize the spread a little longer, we will be in a much safer and healthier place in the near future. “
The B117 variant has been found in more than 30 states. Officials in Germany said last week that it now accounts for 6% of cases there.
The other two variants, which come from South Africa and Brazil, have not yet been reported in Connecticut, the New Haven Register reported.
US Senator Jeanne Shaheen reintroduced a bill to provide emergency assistance to rural communities to improve water systems after the pandemic created major budget shortfalls.
More than 80% of small water systems in New Hampshire have reported a decline in income since the pandemic, according to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. That hinders their ability to maintain and repair water system equipment and infrastructure.
The Emergency Assistance for Rural Water Systems Act will provide $ 1 billion in emergency grants, low and zero interest loans, and loan forgiveness for struggling rural and small wastewater and water systems across the country.
“With local governments struggling under the economic burden of COVID, we have seen massive budget shortages threatening their ability to maintain critical infrastructure such as water systems,” Shaheen said in a statement on Friday.
Shaheen, a Democrat, reintroduced the bill with US Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina. A similar bill is pending in the US House of Representatives.
New Hampshire’s seven-day average for new cases has decreased over the past two weeks from 804 on January 23 to around 386 on Saturday. An additional eight deaths were announced on Saturday, bringing the state total to 1,098.
Vermont is continuing to search for potential variants of the coronavirus through genetic sequencing of specimens taken from different parts of the state, said Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine.
He said on Friday that the state expects its first results early this coming week.
The variant first identified in Britain has now been detected in 33 states and is expected to emerge in Vermont, he said.
“It’s normal for the virus to mutate but some of the recently discovered variants may require us to strengthen our preventive measures,” said Levine.
Vermont reported nearly 130 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, for a statewide total since the pandemic started of 12,900. One additional death was reported, bringing the state total to 183.
Vermont’s seven-day average of new cases has fallen slightly in the past two weeks, from about 142 on January 23 to just under 134 on Saturday.
Nearly 150,000 Maine residents have now received the initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
That’s according to the latest figures from the state announced Sunday. On top of at least 140,180 people who have received the first injection, nearly 51,630 others in Maine have received the second dose.
Maine’s seven-day average for new cases fell to about 270 on Saturday, down from more than 480 on January 23.
On Sunday, the Maine Centers for Disease Control reported one additional death from COVID-19, bringing the total in the state to 635.