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Small gatherings of 10 people or fewer will now be allowed in Vermont, albeit with precautions, Gov. Phil Scott announced during a Wednesday news briefing.

“We can now take some steps to restart social visits and enjoy some recreation,” said Scott, noting the sacrifices Vermonters have undergone during the stay home order has allowed the state to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“These small gatherings will give Vermonters a chance to safely reunite, if we do so carefully.”

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Small groups gather in the ice-cream line at Burlington Bay in Burlington on May 3, 2020. (Photo: JOEL BANNER BAIRD/FREE PRESS)

Vermonters will be allowed to reconnect with family members and friends in outdoor settings, or with other “trusted households” that are also taking necessary precautions and practicing social distancing. 

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