When Governor Phil Scott issued his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order on March 23, contractors were confused. Many did not understand why Governor Scott took one of the country’s most proactive and aggressive actions taken by any leader in the U.S.
However, in the days and weeks that followed, other Governors throughout New England and across the U.S. would follow Governor Scott’s lead, issuing similar directives to close all non-essential businesses including construction.
“As this pandemic continues, the health and safety of all Vermonters is my top priority,” said Governor Scott during a press conference on March 27. “Every decision I’ve made is guided by what’s best for public health based on the best science we have available. And, as I’ve said, as the virus continues to spread and we learn more about COVID-19, Vermonters can expect we may have to take further action to help slow it down.”
“Slowing the spread of infection is critical to making sure we can protect the vulnerable, meaning the elderly and others who are at risk for serious illness and, in too many cases, even death,” the Governor continued during that press conference. “These steps are also necessary to keep our healthcare system from being overwhelmed like we’re seeing right before our eyes in other states like New York. What we’re doing is important to the health and safety of all Vermonters.”
As the Center for Disease Control has said, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, more contagious than the flu. It’s also more dangerous and has a higher fatality rate. Right now, there is also no known treatments or a vaccine—something that the medical community is racing to remedy. Scientists, researchers, and medical experts need time to develop these treatments and cure, which is another reason for the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.
To learn more about why the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” is critical to the construction industry, check out the April 15th edition of The Build Board.
ADDENDUM 6 TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 01-20 – The executive order text