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Vermont’s Largest City Threatening Hefty Fines for Violating Stay-At-Home Order

April 5, 2020

Police in Burlington, Vermont are threatening to issue civil fines for defying the state governor’s stay-at-home order.

Fines start at $100, go to $250 for a second offense, and top off at $500.

“We are going to be implementing civil tickets that allow officers to issue tickets when education fails,” Burlington deputy chief Jon Murad said during a press conference Friday, April 3 with the city’s mayor.

City officials say the idea is to encourage compliance with an education-and-stick approach.

“We do hope that this additional took will not be one that we have to use frequently, but will be a meaningful one in ensuring that the city of Burlington is doing everything we can to keep the broader public safe through this crisis,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said during the press conference.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s stay-at-home executive order of March 24 states:

“… Vermonters are directed to stay at home or in their place of residence, leaving only for essential reasons such as:  personal safety; groceries or medicine; curbside pick-up of goods, meals or beverages; medical care; exercise; care of others; and work …”



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