As of today, March 4, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced his plan to ease the COVID restrictions in the state.

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According to a press release from Governor Lamont's office, while the following restrictions are easing out, some things will still remain in full effect until further notice. Protocols that will still remain in full effect are:

  • Face coverings / masks are required
  • Bars that only serve drinks remain closed
  • 11 PM curfew for venues, restaurants, and entertainment events
  • 50% capacity for indoor theaters
  • Large event venues open in April

While these remain the same, the governor announced a new COVID plan beginning Friday, March 19. This will be as follows:

  • All capacity limits will be eliminated for restaurants (still 8-person cap at table and 11 PM closing), retail, libraries, personal services, indoor recreation (excluding theaters), gyms & fitness centers, museums, aquariums, zoos, offices, and houses of worship
  • Social / recreational gatherings at private residence - 25 people indoors and 100 outdoors
  • Social / recreational gatherings at commercial venues - 100 indoors and 200 outdoors
  • All sports can practice and compete and tournaments will be allowed per the department of public health and guidance
  • Connecticut's travel advisory will be modified

Beginning March 29:

  • Capacity on early childhood classes increases to 20

Beginning April 2:

  • Outdoor amusements parks can open
  • Outdoor event venues increase to 50% capacity - cap at 10,000 people
  • Indoor stadiums can open a 10% capacity
  • Summer camps and festivals can plan on opening for the season

Even though things are finally starting to ease, the Governor stressed the importance of still wearing a mask, social distancing, and cleaning. He said,

While it is encouraging to see the number of cases in our state gradually going down and people getting vaccinated at rates that are among the highest in the nation, we need to continue taking this virus seriously to mitigate its spread as much as possible. Please continue to wear face coverings in public and when around other people outside of your households, maintain social distancing, and keep washing your hands and cleaning surfaces. Connecticut has made tremendous strides to combat this pandemic, and we don't want to lose that progress that we've made.

This is an exciting time for Connecticut. Hopefully as the months go on, we can get closer and closer to going back to "normal" - whatever that may be now.

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