Census packets will be left at households

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The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday that it will begin to drop off 2020 census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Vermont on Friday. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address.

The work is being done in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, the bureau said. Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority.

The Census Bureau said it will deliver 2020 Census invitations and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly 5.1 million stateside households and 61,100 households in Vermont. "This operation is crucial to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities, which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year," the bureau said in a media release.

The bureau encourages people to respond promptly to the 2020 census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community, the bureau said. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet.

For information on which parts of Vermont are affected by the operation starting Friday, see the bureau's Type of Enumeration Area map. For more information, visit the 2020 census

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