Gov. Lamont considers executive order on wearing masks in public to curb spread of coronavirus


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Ned Lamont is considering an executive order that would determine “when and where” people in Connecticut should wear masks in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Haven and Hamden already are requiring shoppers to do just that. It’s all part of an effort to contain the coronavirus spread.

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Lamont is expected to issue new guidelines in an executive order either late Friday afternoon or Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionchildren 2 years and older should wear “cloth face coverings” in community settings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Justin Elicker signed an emergency order requiring the use of face-coverings in public for the city of New Haven Wednesday. The order goes into effect Friday.

This means that residents would have to have their face covered in places like grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and pharmacies.

Elicker says residents do not need to wear medical-grade N95 masks; a scarf or a cloth mask made at home is fine.

“I can have the virus without having symptoms and you’re going by me without a mask, or the person can be sick and spreading it. This is our new normal,” said Carmen Cologne, New Haven.

Hamden Mayor Curt Leng made a similar announcement. Starting Friday, all members of the public and employers in Hamden must use a face covering.

Stop & Shop, too, is now requiring all workers to wear face coverings. 

Sandra Perez told NEWS 8 Thursday, “It’s safe for them and for us. For everybody.”

Some people think wearing a face covering should be their own choice.  

Allen Telford, a shopper at Stop & Shop said, “I think people should do what they want to do. I don’t believe that someone has the power to tell everyone to wear a mask. Just like the whole stay in the house thing it’s crazy.”

Carmen Cologne, another shopper added, “This is our new normal now. Gloves, masks, going home and cleaning everything. It’s a little stressful but hopefully, this will be over soon.”

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