Gov. Lamont announces loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in coming weeks

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that Connecticut will be loosening COVID-19 restrictions, especially those dealing with capacity levels and travel restrictions.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2021, 5:13 PM

Updated 1,173 days ago

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that Connecticut would be loosening COVID-19 restrictions, especially those dealing with capacity levels and travel restrictions.
"I think Connecticut has earned it," Gov. Ned Lamont said when asked about reopening during his briefing. He said Connecticut residents have been following guidelines and are ready for state to reopen.
In restaurants, tables will still need to be placed 6 feet apart. Restaurant owners say they can't add any more tables, because they are limited on space, since tables must be socially distant.
With this new change, eight people are allowed at a table at a time and restaurants will still have to close at 11 p.m.
More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered so far in the state.
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Here’s a list of the revised protocols according to the governor’s office:

Friday, March 19:

All capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses, while face coverings, social distancing, and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be required:
  • Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11 p.m. required closing time for dining rooms continues)
  • Retail
  • Libraries
  • Personal services
  • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
  • Gyms/fitness centers
  • Museums, aquariums, and zoos
  • Offices
  • Houses of worship
Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:
Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors
All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance.
Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance.

Monday, March 29:

Capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20

Friday, April 2:

Outdoor amusement parks can open
Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity
Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season.


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