Ned Lamont said Thursday that Connecticut make dating Connecticut again eliminate capacity limits on restaurants, houses of worship, retailers and most businesses on March 19 but will retain mandates for social distancing and masks as a precaution against a resurgence of COVID It comes after Texas, Mississippi and three other states took more aggressive steps to end mask mandates and business restrictions, a move denounced as premature by President Joe Biden.
This is not Mississippi. This is Connecticut. His announcement was welcomed by a restaurant industry that has seen closings since the pandemic hit nearly a year ago, causing Lamont to order widespread closures of commercial activity, then partial reopening on May The governor acknowledged that another rollback was possible if more contagious variants of the virus take hold and hospitals and ICUs again face being overwhelmed. By comparison, hospitalizations reached nearly 2, last spring, dropped below over most of the summer, and then began to climb quickly in October, peaking at about 1, A major change since those two spikes is that the ificant majorities of the age groups producing the most hospitalizations and deaths have received at least one dose of one of three available vaccines, two of which require two doses at least three weeks apart.
A path forward
Lamont said he was well aware of the economic cost of his closure orders and was relieved to move into a new phase. Social distancing rules still will constrain restaurants: Tables will be limited to eight patrons, tables must be spaced, and an 11 p. In lieu of tables six feet apart, restaurants have the option of separating them by Plexiglas shields, as many already have done.
Dolch viewed the next phase as a waypoint in eliminating other limits. It can do it safely by maintaining social distancing and mask rules, along with other safety precautions.
We look forward to working with our partners in government toward those goals in the weeks ahead. He urged diligence in continuing to wear masks and maintain six feet or more of distance when outside the home.
Emmel said the flattening positivity rate and falling or plateauing hospitalizations are positive s. Lamont and other administration officials said avoiding that third spike may turn on whether residents continue to take precautions after March 19 — and even after they are vaccinated.
The government has to walk a fine line here, he adds. Scott Gottlieb, said governors need to move carefully, keeping necessary restrictions — but not imposing standards that the public will ignore.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to issue guidelines for what is safe after vaccination. Gottlieb, whom Lamont says he consulted, was concerned that the CDC would offer unrealistic advice.
Now, March is a little bit premature, I think, to lift everything, but certainly getting on a glide path towards lifting a lot of these provisions right now makes sense. Lamont said he agreed with Gottlieb about the importance of the public believing in whatever restrictions are imposed, because aside from enforcement actions against large, illegal gatherings at bars, they are largely self-enforcing.
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