HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — This weekend marks the next big step for Connecticut toward getting back to a new normal. Saturday, the state will roll back more COVID-19 restrictions.
Governor Ned Lamont unveiled a two-step plan a few weeks ago to get to our “new normal,” as he put it, by ending COVID restrictions for businesses in the state.
Beginning Saturday, May 1, restaurant curfew will be moved from 11 p.m. to midnight. Outdoor restrictions will be lifted, and alcohol can be served without food. There will be no table size limit – the previous limit was eight to keep the cohorts small.
Gov. Lamont said Thursday, “Those are all changes happening the day after tomorrow which are due to the good work of each and every one of you that have brought our infection rate to the lowest rate it’s been in six months.”
Beginning Wednesday, May 19, all remaining business restrictions will be lifted, meaning event centers and large weddings can be back too.
Friday we spoke with Scott Dolch of the Connecticut Restaurant Association who says people have been waiting for this moment since last spring.
“You want your guests to feel really comfortable and I think our restaurants are taking that to heart. Maybe now the state’s not mandating it but their business is still going to try to have rules that work for them and that’s what I’m excited about. And I think people need to know that confidence, that our restaurants are always looking out for your best interest as well as their staff.”
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According to the governor, these rollbacks can happen because so many in the state have been vaccinated. He said, with three million people in the state vaccinated, you can see the difference it’s made in the infection rate, as well as hospitalizations and fatalities.