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Vermonters still in search of face masks may be in luck. 

Vermont Emergency Management is providing a list of local businesses that are selling cloth face coverings to customers. In the past several weeks since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Vermont, many of these retailers transitioned a portion of their manufacturing process toward producing masks. 

Some of those businesses include:

  • Shapeshifters in Montpelier.
  • Turtlefur in Stowe.
  • Commando in South Burlington.
  • Sharon’s on the Common in Chester.
  • WebIndustries in Middlesex and Montpelier.
  • Norton Fabric and Craft in Montpelier.
  • Evergreen Alterations in Bennington.
  • Big Bill in Newport.
  • Exquisite Bridal & Formalwear in St. Johnsbury.

A simple face covering can be made using household items or inexpensive fabrics.

Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine recommended residents begin to wear cloth face coverings on April 3, prior to a formal declaration from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). 

“Wearing a face mask may help people from spreading the virus,” Levine said at the time.

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public, particularly in situations where social distancing is difficult to practice such as in the grocery store or at a pharmacy. The use of a mask or covering is intended to slow the spread of the virus and ensure presymptomatic individuals can avoid transmitting it to others.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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