Gov. Lamont announces plans to lift some COVID-19 restrictions related to capacity levels, travel restrictions


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont has eased some of the state’s coronavirus-related restrictions as the infection rate and hospitalizations decline and vaccinations continue.

Lamont announced on Thursday afternoon that he plans to revise some requirements that were implemented during COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those related to capacity levels and travel restrictions.

Beginning March 19, all capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses:

  • Restaurants (eight people allowed per table, with required closing time for dining rooms set at 11 p.m.).
  • Retail.
  • Libraries.
  • Personal services.
  • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity).
  • Gyms/fitness centers.
  • Museums, aquariums, and zoos.
  • Offices.
  • Houses of worship.

Face coverings, social distancing and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will still be required.

Gathering sizes will be also revised to the following amounts:

  • Social and recreational gatherings at a private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors.
  • Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors.

“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,” Governor Lamont said. “Please continue to wear face coverings in public and when around other people outside of your households, maintain social distancing, and keep washing your hands and cleaning surfaces. Connecticut has made tremendous strides to combat this pandemic, and we don’t want to lose the progress that we’ve made.”

Additionally, Connecticut’s travel advisory will now be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance.

The governor said that all sports will also be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed but are subject to guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Starting March 29, the governor said that the capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20.

Beginning on April 2, the following changes will also take place:

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open.
  • Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people.
  • Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity.
  • Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season.

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