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Yes, I know enforcement was passive at best. Private business doesn't want to do Government's work for them, can't blame them. It was really up to the individuals. Same in Maine with many friends from MA, many families were doing what was asked and testing both ways most of the winter. Kind of ridiculous VT is being this strict still as the rest of New England is pretty much allowing free flow of New Englanders now. But we are talking about VT.hotels made you sign a form. in my experience, whether they even told you what the form was about differd between properties. most just pushed it to you with the other paperwork you always sign (your license plate for the parking lot, initial here for no smoking, etc). the comfort inn in rutland would call me on the phone each time i booked them and would have a very perfunctory convo "you aware of the quarantine rules? you compliant", and that was it. but my point remains, no one was truly enforcing or checking on actual compliance. lots of people online painted it like there were stops at the border and other such nonsense, and that was never ever remotely the case.
Hotels and resorts were forced to make visitors attest that they were in compliance with travel rules. However, I'm not sure how they could actually prove that you weren't in compliance.
but it must've worked, right? I read an article that visits were down 30 percent. Seems hard to believe because Mt Snow and Stowe were busy as shit as well as Killington. At least what I read. I didn't bother with going north before I got hurt. I would've likely have gone in late March regardless of this silly policy because by then it was clear that it was a joke.
What makes you think that there will be a continued general decrease in the demand for restaurants and bars?It's tough to say. Were day visitors/short-term visits down but "transplants" and season-long rental people up enough to compensate? Resorts were by all accounts significantly more busy weekdays but weekends same as they ever were.
And as far as it "working"....depends what you're looking at. Deaths per capita in VT is one of the lowest in the country among states, but cases in VT currently are as high as they were back in December/January. And the economic fallout is huge I'm sure but not something adequately studied yet. How many bars/restaurants closed this season not to return next?
Many did. A lot of the ones in Stowe held on due to enough traffic to barely sustain them.