Restrictions announced for CT restaurants, bars amid coronavirus pandemic

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Restaurants and bars are facing new restrictions on St. Patrick's Day after Gov. Ned Lamont announced new orders for businesses in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, restaurants can only offer delivery or curbside pickup.

The staff at Chip's Family Restaurant in Fairfield say they are sad to hear about the new restrictions, but hope taking action now will help them reopen sooner rather than later.

Lamont says small businesses affected by the outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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St. Patrick's Day  is considered by many to be one of the busiest bar days of the year.

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