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MONTPELIER – Protesters gathered in front of the Vermont Statehouse in the driving snow Wednesday to ask Gov. Phil Scott to allow businesses to reopen. The impact of keeping businesses closed could be worse than the effects of the virus, they argued.

Nearly 20 protesters gathered wearing masks, several with “Don’t Tread On Me” signs, while others honked their support driving down State Street in Montpelier. 

A few counter-protesters assembled, including a group of health care workers, who wanted people to know that COVID-19 can be deadly and that dropping mitigation measures could have serious ramifications.

COVID-19 is the official name of the disease related to the coronavirus that first started to affect people at the end of 2019. 

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Scott closed all but “essential” businesses in a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order that went into effect March 25 and was extended through May 15.

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Protesters at the Statehouse in Montpelier ask Gov. Scott to reopen businesses, saying the economic effects worse than impact of the new coronavirus Burlington Free Press

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