HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont has announced that Phase 2 of Connecticut’s reopening plan will be moved up three days ahead of its original June 20 date.
In a series of tweets, Lamont said the next phase will begin June 17 to avoid the potentially busy Father’s Day weekend crowds.
He also said additional safety guidance will be issued soon for businesses. The change in plans is likely due to the recent downward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Phase 2 of the plan includes indoor dining at restaurants, personal services and the reopening of gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, outdoor amusement parks, museums, social clubs, pools and outdoor arts and entertainment events up to 50 people.
Lamont received much support from the change.
“Everyone as a community and the state of Connecticut have been working hard to keep the infections down, and it shows we are being rewarded by opening up things quicker than anticipated,” said Dimitrios Zahariadis with Viron Rondo Osteria in Cheshire. “We are taking it one step at a time and making sure that we are doing everything by the book and the correct way.”
“I think everything should be open,” Jim Chicano, of Cheshire, said. “If you can sit out here and eat why can’t you sit at the bar?”
Some said people have been respecting social distancing rules and wearing masks, so it’s a good time to take the next step.
“People were very respectful of social distancing, and I think through that they really curtailed this pandemic, and now I think it’s a perfect time to open up,” said Cheshire resident Ted Rozum.