Rep Sibilia: March 24th

Governor Phil Scott issues a Stay Home, “Stay Safe” Order, Directs Additional Closures

Orders Vermonters to restrict and minimize activities outside of the home. Directs non-essential businesses and non-profits to cease in-person operations 

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses.

These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public. These actions were implemented in consultation with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and his evaluation of the latest data.

“I want to be very clear about this: We need everyone to limit activities outside of the home and to practice social distancing at all times to slow the spread of this highly contagious and potentially deadly virus,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to minimize infections – particularly for those who are elderly or have underlying chronic health conditions – and prevent it from overwhelming our healthcare facilities. The more Vermonters who take this seriously and stay home, the faster we can return to normal.”

The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. If leaving the home, Vermonters should adhere to social distancing policies, including remaining six feet from others (except for those with whom they share a home) and thoroughly and regularly washing hands.

Effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, can continue. 

The Order provides exemptions for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. This includes – but is not limited to – health care operations; retail serving essential human needs, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores; fuel products and supply; maintenance of critical infrastructure; news media; and transportation and critical manufacturing sectors. For a full list, please review the order at

All exempt entities must still strictly adhere to CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene and disinfecting is occurring. All exempt entities conducting retail operations should also facilitate curbside pick-up or delivery to the extent possible.

“I fully recognize the emotional, financial and economic impact of these decisions, but based on the best science we have available, these measures are necessary,” said Governor Scott. “I need all Vermonters to understand that the more quickly and closely we follow these stay-at-home measures, the faster and safer we can get through this and get our daily lives, and our economy, moving again. I have tremendous faith in Vermonters and our ability to follow these guidelines, to save lives and support each other throughout – even as we are physical separated.”

Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency on March 13, and has since directed a number of mitigation strategies in order to reduce close contact among individuals, including visitor restrictions for long-term care facilities and other health facilities; the closure of bars and restaurants, schools and day care centers and close contact businesses; limiting the size of mass gatherings; postponing all non-essential medical procedures; and ordering all businesses to implement telecommuting wherever possible.

The Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be in effect until April 15, 2020, though may be extended or shortened as needed. For full details, please click here to read the full addendum.

Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about acceptable continuation of business operations should contact the Agency of Commerce and Community Development via this online form:

For the latest information and guidance relating to Vermont’s COVID-19 response, visit

Governor Press Conference on new order

Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration will host a media briefing on the  “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, issued Tuesday. 

Under the Governor’s order, all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 25, 2020.

Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about acceptable continuation of business operations should contact the Agency of Commerce and Community Development via this online form:

When: Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m.

GENERAL PUBLIC Most Vermont TV and radio stations live broadcast the briefings.

I will try to host a watch party on Facebook so I can provide abbreviation and context info.

Bookmark for updates:
Vermont Department of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Current Status in Vermont Webpage for updates.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease page
World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019

From the Searsburg Town Clerk

If anyone in Searsburg needs food, who cannot afford food or cannot get to the store for food, I have a resident who has offered to help in this need. Please call the Town Office and let the Clerk know and she will pass the family’s number on to the resident for contact. The Town Office number is 464-8081. If the office is closed please call 464-7369 and speak with the Clerk at home. This is trying times and I hope that no one is too proud to ask for help. Please stay safe and healthy!

Watch Legislative Committee Meetings on YouTube

YouTube streaming of Legislative Committee Meetings limited Committee Meetings are taking place to provide emergency legislative measures. Committees are meeting virtually. The list of meeting is linked above.

Dover commercial businesses program

The intent of the 2020 Commercial Emergency Assistance Program (Emergency Assistance) is to provide monthly economic assistance to businesses located within the Town of Dover impacted by the 2020 COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration by the State of Vermont. 

Track your expenses for FEMA

Twin Valley Food Delivery

Now that we’ve had a few delivery days, found some efficiencies, and have a better grasp of delivery times, here are updated route schedule times:

Route 1, Green Paw: 10:50 am Goodnow RD— 11:25 am Intersection of Maple Drive & RT 100 “4 Corners”

Route 2, Blue Paw: 10:55 am Junction of Maple Hill Lane/Town Hill Rd—11:15 am Jacksonville Store

Route 3, White Paw: 10:50 am start Shafter Street–11:20 am Lake Raponda/Stowe–11:30am OSEC (old high school)

Route 4, Purple Paw: 10:40 am start 379 RT 9– finish 11:35 pm Wahoos

Please remember this program is for any child 18 and younger. Please have any one contact the school office closest to their home for more information.

Want to talk to me online?

Let’s try an online early morning chat – it will be bumpy the first couple times, but we will figure it out. Come to say hi, come to tell me about a concern you are having, come to ask a question. Everyone is learning online meetings right now, so be patient if this is new to you – its not to hard and most folks pick it up pretty quickly.

Topic: Coffee and Discussion w/ Laura
Time: Mar 25, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Wednesday Mar 25, 2020 07:00 AM
Friday Mar 27, 2020 07:00 AM
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Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, or if you need assistance navigating government services at (802) 384-0233 or 

Kind regards, 

Rep. Laura Sibilia 
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham

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