MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont's tourism industry is estimated to be down about $700 million to date, according to the state Department of Tourism.
Losses to the ski industry make up about a seventh of that loss in revenue, WPTZ-TV reported. And the towns surrounding ski areas and local businesses have also taken a big hit.
“We are losing money in a way I never would have imagined being able to sustain,” said Benjy Adler, the owner of The Skinny Pancake, which has restaurants in Stowe, Burlington, Montpelier and Quechee.
It will take more than a strong spring and summer for local businesses to start to recover, according to the department.
Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe temporarily cut pay for upper management and froze wages for a period, said Sam von Trapp, director and executive vice president, Now it’s expecting its biggest wedding season this summer, he said.
“I think it’s going to be a long time before we see a full recovery and I don’t even know what a full recovery will look like," said von Trapp. There will be certain things that we will be changed, which will be changed forever,” von Trapp said.
In other pandemic-related news:
CORONVIRUS RELIEF FUNDS
The state of Vermont is making public the details of how $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds were spent in the state, the Department of Finance and Management has announced.
The Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund Transparency Dashboards contain pages that reflect the many ways the relief funds were spent, including grants, contracts, direct payments and other information, the department said Wednesday.
The appropriations include initial emergency spending requested by the governor and authorized by the Legislature and the funds appropriated in various legislative acts passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Scott.
The information reflects information through Jan. 31 and will be updated quarterly.
“These dashboards offer a transparent view of the receipt and uses of an extraordinary amount of federal financial relief," Finance and Management Commissioner Adam Greshin said in a written statement.
ABENAKI VACCINE CLINIC
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held this weekend in Swanton for members of the Abenaki community, the Vermont Health Department said.
The clinic takes place Sunday at the Abenaki Tribal Office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and people can sign up by calling 855-722-7878. Members of the Abenaki community can also register for any state-run vaccine clinic or for a clinic for black, indigenous and people of color led by the Racial Justice Alliance, Vermont Professionals of Color, and others in Burlington, the Health Department said.
Starting this week, all Vermonters aged 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for vaccines.
Deputy Human Services Secretary Jenney Samuelson said Tuesday that she was excited to continue to see more black, indigenous and people of color in Vermont get vaccinated. In that population, 18,000 people have made appointments and been vaccinated as of Tuesday, she said.
Vermont reported 78 cases of the coronavirus on Thursday for a statewide total since the pandemic began of over 22,300 cases.
A total of 26 people were hospitalized, with three in intensive care.
The AP is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 166.71 new cases per day on April 6 to 107.14 new cases per day on April 20.
The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 0.43 deaths per day on April 6 to 0.86 deaths per day on April 20.