Summer is in full swing, and while we are enjoying the great outdoors, we are now confronted here in southern Vermont with a spike in cases of COVID-19. While Vermont has been a relative oasis as we’ve put into practice all the health and safety guidelines, it is a stark reminder that this virus knows no artificial state boundaries that somehow makes us immune form spreading and contracting this disease.
With more than 50 new cases over the last week from Manchester to Londonderry according to preliminary testing, and more expected this week as additional pop-up testing sites are added in the area, anecdotally, there’s been spread here from both in-state and out-of-state residents and children as well as adults. Given the sudden increase, we have suspended operations over the short term this week of the Black Line Tavern as a pre-caution to help tamp down the spike in cases as health officials get a handle on the size of the outbreak and do their contact tracing. I want to personally thank our staff for putting together such strong health procedures for operations which help protect our customers as well as employees. I’m sure we will get our BLT staff back working serving you great food and cocktails soon. And, I commend other restaurants in the area from Manchester to Londonderry for sacrificing some business revenue for the safety of others as we all get a handle on mitigating this spike in new cases.(more…)