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CONNECTICUT joined the rest of the US with imposing restrictions in the state due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Connecticut may be the next state to reopenCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Is Connecticut easing restrictions on businesses in the state?
Governor Lamont will ease coronavirus restrictions in the state of Connecticut following a “revision of requirements” according to a press release.
The governor 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.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced he will be easing restrictions in the stateCredit: AFP or licensors
The governor urged people to continue wearing masks, social distance and wash their hands.
“Connecticut has made tremendous strides to combat this pandemic, and we don’t want to lose the progress that we’ve made,” he continued.
What will change in Connecticut?
Starting on March 19, capacity limits will be removed from restaurants, retail stores, libraries, gyms, museums, houses of worship, offices and personal services.
Theaters will continue to stay at 50 percent capacity; bars that do not serve food will cannot reopen.
Sports will allow practice and tournaments.
Additionally, social gatherings at commercial venues can increase to 100 people indoors, 200 people outdoors.
Some businesses will be allowed to fully reopen in ConnecticutCredit: Getty Images – Getty
On March 29, early childhood classes can increase from 16 to 20.
On April 2, outdoor amusement parks are allowed to open, indoor stadiums can open at 10 percent capacity and event venues can open at 50 percent capacity.
What other states are easing restrictions?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 2 that the state will fully reopen and he will be ending the statewide mask mandate.
The new rules will take effect on March 10.
Texas became the largest state in the US to announce it was reopening.
Also on March 2, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced in a tweet, ”we are lifting all our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules.”
“Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed,” he said. “It is time!”
What has President Biden said about state leaders’ decision to lift mask mandates?
Biden criticized the move, calling it ”a big mistake.”
“I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” he added, according to The Hill.
“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms.
“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” he said. “It still matters.”
“We will not have everybody vaccinated until sometime in the summer.”