Also if that's not asking for mass shoplifting. I don't know what is...
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins
What?!| I know in Washington all farm/food-growing stores and items are considered essential.
Is Vermont really that crazy, or Walmart just not understanding the ruling?
Lots of states have been in shut-down for weeks, and stores that are open are still selling everything they have, essential or not essential. I can stop into a store to buy food and also buy my kids new sheets or a toy, and there's nothing wrong with that.
I'm a bit suspicious. Here anything agriculturally related is "essential". I can't believe Vermont would be much different. The only few websites I could find with any mention of this seemed a bit.... inflammatory.
I don't spend much time in Walmart but that sign looks very pretty for the kind of quickly printed off notice that I'm used to seeing at retailers.
I am from Illinois. I took the time to read Governor Phil Scott's order. It lists only a few approved specifics and promised fines for violations. Seeds are not included on the approved list. It does allow for groceries and essential activities. I don't blame the store for not including seeds, but I suspect if someone took the time to clarify, they would find them to be ok. For example, trips to the laundry mat were seen as essential though not on the list.
Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions. Mark Twain
Here in Ontario the Emergency Measures act closed down all Community gardens as non essential. It's so disappointing. I'm in Toronto there are many Community gardens that were started in areas that have food insecurity and are in some of the lower income areas.
Up here, retailers are limiting the total number of shoppers in their stores at a given time. This is to support social distancing. They don't want people lollygagging around, shopping for entertainment. Get your essentials and get out. There are people waiting outside in the cold!
That said, seeds are definitely on my essentials list!