Stuck in Vermont: Vermonters Return to Work as the Pandemic Lingers | Stuck in Vermont | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Arts + Life » Stuck in Vermont

Stuck in Vermont: Vermonters Return to Work as the Pandemic Lingers

Episode 612


Published May 14, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.

After weeks at home, many Vermonters are returning to workplaces that have changed drastically since the pandemic began. With the warmer weather, many people are itching to dig in their gardens. Eva talked to Chris Conant, co-owner of Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm in Colchester, about the changes at the business. Shoppers are no longer allowed in the greenhouses but can browse the perennials and annuals outdoors or order for curbside pickup.

Eva also visited Todd Townsend, a Williston builder who tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of March and has returned to the job after recovering. Todd was renovating a house in Burlington with a small crew and spoke about what it feels like to be back at work.

James Buck took two trips to the Milton Diner to see the action at the creemee window. The restaurant has been closed to sit-down meals since mid-March, but it has been doing a steady car-side and take-out business with strict social distancing. It turns out that even a pandemic, and wearing masks, doesn’t stop Vermonters from enjoying their summer creemee treats.

And in downtown Burlington, Church Street remains mostly closed down, but businesses are trying to reach customers. Leunig’s Bistro & Café opened a take-out window in time for Mother's Day, to the delight of regulars.

Music: Rondo Brothers, “Bravado” & “Fiddlejack”

Kevin MacLeod, “Malt Shop Bop” & “Off to Osaka”

This episode of Stuck in Vermont was supported by

New England Federal Credit Union