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Governor Scott opens Vermont bars

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott last Friday lifted some COVID-19 restrictions on Vermont restaurants, bars and clubs. The policy was due to take effect on Wednesday, March 24.
Bars and clubs were allowed to sit people of different households together with a maximum of six people per table, according to the governor’s website. Other social distancing and capacity requirements remain in place.
Like restaurants, bars are limited to 50% occupancy. Seating must be available for all patrons, with parties spaced six feet apart. Bar seating is allowed only if there is a physical barrier, like plexiglass, separating patrons from the drink preparation area.
“No standing or mingling is allowed,” according to the guidelines.
Bars and clubs have been closed since Nov. 13, 2020, and many bar owners have been anxious to reopen.
Scott said Friday that municipalities will be allowed to enforce stricter bar reopening measures if they choose.

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