Vermont Gov. Scott requires masks in public

Coronavirus

Hilary Francis, Brattleboro town clerk, wears a mask while walking down Main Street, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Friday, July 24, 2020. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in a press conference that starting Aug. 1, masks will be mandatory in public. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued an order requiring people in the state to wear masks in public to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Scott says outbreaks hitting the South and West may be spreading back toward the Northeast and Vermont.

The Republican governor says, “We are still in very good shape, but it is time to prepare.” He notes it’s better to take precautions than having to roll back the reopening.

All public and private businesses must display signs saying masks are required for anyone over age 2. Businesses can refuse service to people not wearing a mask. The order that takes effect Aug. 1.

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