City of Stamford rolling back to Phase 2 reopening restrictions

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STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Thursday, the City of Stamford joined the growing list of Connecticut cities rolling back their COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor David Martin ordered Thursday, the City of Stamford is returning to Phase 2 reopening restrictions in response to the recent spike in COVID cases in the state and in Stamford itself.

“This is a difficult decision, but every indicator we’re monitoring suggests we’re at the beginning
of a second wave,” said Mayor David Martin. “Unfortunately, this means we must change our
behavior immediately. This second wave is no longer speculative or a possibility, it is happening
right now. There is no feasible way to get our community and economy close to normal if
everyone is getting sick. I am reluctant to make this decision because I know how it will impact
our businesses and community, but the City of Stamford must rollback to Phase 2 as soon as
possible.”

According to state data released Thursday afternoon, the state now has a 6.1% coronavirus positivity rate, the highest we’ve seen since June.

Stamford is among 30 cities now in the ‘red zone’ for positivity rate, with at least 15.6 positive cases per 100,000.

Additionally, the City says they “received data from the Wastewater Early Detection Program indicating the highest levels of COVID-19 residue in Stamford’s wastewater since the program began in August.”

“The best defense against this virus is to avoid getting infected and avoid activities that could
lead to infection,” said Director of Health Dr. Jennifer Calder. “Any interaction with individuals
outside your household puts you at risk. This is especially true now as we report more cases per
day. While many residents are fatigued of health and safety guidelines, unfortunately, the virus
does not get fatigued and will continue to spread if we let it.”

Phase 2 reopening has the following restrictions:

  • Restaurants: Up to 50% capacity indoors with 6 feet of spacing and/or nonporous barriers.
  • Personal Services: Up to 50% capacity indoors with 6 feet of spacing and/or nonporous barriers.
  • Libraries: Up to 50% capacity indoors.
  • Private gatherings: Indoors limited to 25 people; Outdoors limited to 100 people.
  • Religious gatherings: Indoors limited to 25 percent of building capacity, no more than 100 people total; Outdoors limited to 150 people total.
  • Indoor performing arts theaters are closed.

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