Gov. Lamont orders bars, restaurants to remain closed until at least May 20

Bars and restaurants in the state will remained closed for another six weeks, until May 20.

News 12 Staff

Apr 10, 2020, 10:10 AM

Updated 1,466 days ago

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Bars and restaurants in the state will remained closed for another six weeks, until May 20.

Co-owner of BJ Ryan's in Norwalk, Buckley Ryan, is trying to keep his business afloat. The bar has been closed for a month.

"We're dying to get open," said Ryan. "Everybody is dying to get back to work."

Gyms and nonessential retail locations will also say closed until "We think we have this virus contained. When I think I can test workers and know that they're safe to go back to work and won't be able to infect others," said Gov. Ned Lamont.

But some Republicans say six weeks is too long. Trumbull state Rep. Dave Rutigliano, who is also a restaurant owner tweeted Thursday, "Gov Lamont, it's time to open up, is crazy."

National experts say reopening too soon can be dangerous.

"We would want to see, I would want to see, a clear indication that you are very, very clearly and strongly going in the right direction," said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Ryan says as much as he wants to reopen, he does not want to until it is safe.

If things get better before May 20, Lamont can rescind his order.
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