Lamont Announces Partial Rollback of Reopening


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Gov. Ned Lamont announced a statewide rollback to phase 2 beginning on Friday, Nov. 6. 

“Right now, what were defined as flare-ups on a municipal basis are becoming more like community spread,” said Lamont. 

Connecticut’s positivity rate for the past seven days is 3.6 percent, with 340 current hospitalizations due to the virus. Lamont said he was concerned about making sure that hospitals would have the capacity to both treat COVID patients and take care of patients with other ailments.

Lamont also referenced reaching with regional neighbors, such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Last Wednesday, Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo said she was considering rolling back to Phase II if the number of COVID cases do not decrease. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker instated a 9:30 p.m. curfew and a stay-at-home advisory. 

Restaurants will be reduced to 50 percent capacity, and those that serve alcohol are required to close by 9:30 p.m. Event venues are limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and performing arts venues and movie theaters are capped at 100 people. Religious services are reduced to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 100 people. 

Lamont encouraged people to work from home whenever possible and to limit travel.

Emilia Otte

Emilia Otte covers health and education for the Connecticut Examiner. In 2022 Otte was awarded "Rookie of the Year," by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.