As many as 10,000 people signed up for a local gift card program within the first few hours of its launch Tuesday, according to the state’s secretary of commerce.
The program is distributing $30 gift cards on a first-come, first-served basis for Vermonters, and is set up to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,
Those who sign up are able to redeem their cards at participating Vermont retailers, restaurants and venues.
When the system went live Tuesday morning, some Vermonters encountered trouble accessing their verification codes allowing them to access the gift cards.
“The system is working, but I understanding that the codes are a little delayed,” said Lindsay Kurrle, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, during the governor’s news conference on Tuesday.
“We’re asking for people’s patience and hopefully their codes will come very shortly.”
There are an estimated 16,600 slots available in this initial round of the program; $500,000 was allocated for the gift cards by the Vermont Legislature earlier in the summer through funding from the federal CARES Act.
Last month, Gov. Phil Scott proposed an economic relief package intended to provide an additional $50 million to the state’s Buy Local campaign, which would provide every Vermont household with a $150 gift card to be used at participating businesses. The governor’s proposal will need to be approved by the Vermont Legislature.
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