TO: VERMONT DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY
FROM: VERMONT DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR TERJE ANDERSON
RE: CORNAVIRUS & COVID-19
In light of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Democratic Party is making major changes to our planned activities in the coming weeks.In light of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Democratic Party is making major changes to our planned activities in the coming weeks.
Until further notice, we will be cancelling or postponing all of our upcoming in-person gatherings of 25 people or more. This includes fundraising events including the VDP’s St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser and the Curtis-Hoff Awards Dinner, trainings, the March 21 State Committee meeting, and similar activities.
We are strongly encouraging our county and town committees, candidates, and others affiliated with the party to take similar steps.
During this period, we will not be closing up shop and going dark, but instead will be developing a variety of activities that use technology to allow communication and participation for a full range of party activities.
We are busy developing back-up plans for things like the process of electing our national convention delegates and other business. Town caucuses to elect delegates to the state convention which had a targeted schedule of April 21st at 7:00 PM will not happen in person. The state party is working with the DNC to develop alternative methods to conduct town caucuses while remaining compliant with the party’s delegate selection plan. The state party is reevaluating how to conduct the business of the state convention, scheduled for Saturday, May 30th in Barre, if delegates are not able to attend.
It is not a decision we make lightly, but it is the responsible course of action in the face of an unprecedented emerging public health threat. We are determined to do our part to mitigate the spread of this new Coronavirus, and to protect our staff, volunteers, candidates, activists, donors, voters, and all Vermonters.
I spent most of my professional life working in the infectious disease side of public health. Based on discussions over the past few days with colleagues in the field – state, national, and international experts – the threat of COVID-19 is very real, and steps like these are absolutely essential.
We urge everyone to take it seriously, to listen to public health experts, and to do everything you can to protect yourself, your family, your friends, and your community. Rely on accurate scientific information from trusted sources like the Vermont Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We will continue to assess the situation, to adjust our plans accordingly, and to keep you up to date.
Chair, Vermont Democratic Party