Vermont towns and cities can now enact local restrictions to blunt the effects of the coronavirus. This hour, we'll hear how some towns are limiting public gatherings and implementing strict new rules to protect their communities ahead of an influx of college students. We'll talk with a Central Vermont volunteer group helping residents suffering setbacks from COVID-19. And we'll hear about the costs of the pandemic to small towns and where relief could come from.
Our guests are:
- Michael Jones, the Castleton town manager, police commissioner and head of the community’s emergency management operations, overseeing the town's new limits on public gatherings
- Max Tracy, president of the Burlington City Council, which enacted a handful of “preemptive public health orders” last week
- Julia Griffin, town manager of Hanover, New Hampshire, which is contemplating its own "emergency public health regulations"
- Jill Davies, a volunteer with the Woodstock Area Relief Fund, which has collected and is distributing more than $550,000 in donations for locals affected by COVID-19
- Karen Horn, director of public policy and advocacy at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Broadcast live on Monday, Aug. 31 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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