U.S. 1 newspaper temporarily stops publishing

U.S. 1, the weekly newspaper covering business and events along the Route 1 corridor, has temporarily ceased publishing because of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on the economy.

Sara Hastings, the editor of U.S. 1, informed readers of the decision to discontinue publishing in a note posted on social media channels on Saturday.

“Following the March 25 issue, U.S. 1 will be taking a hiatus from publishing,” reads her note. “While it was our intention — and, we felt, our duty — to continue supporting and informing our community during this time, the current business climate has made it infeasible to carry on for now. We hope to be with you again very soon.”

Some newspapers across the country have stopped publishing print editions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, while others have laid off reporters or shut down entirely because of drastic cutbacks in local retail and restaurant advertising.

On Sunday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott made a plea on social media for citizens to support their local news outlets. “During a time like this, when we as a state and nation are facing a crisis most of us have never experienced, few things are more important than having the facts and being informed,” Scott said.