CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 57 new deaths, 587 new cases; 2nd phase of reopenings could include gyms, nail salons, movie theaters

Maya Rajamani
May 20, 2020 - 5:55 pm

    HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday reported 57 new COVID-19 deaths and 587 new cases — and said venues including gyms, nail salons, indoor restaurant spaces and movie theaters could be allowed to start reopening on June 20. 

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    Connecticut’s first phase of reopenings, which included non-essential retail stores and outdoor restaurant space, went into effect on Wednesday. 

    Connecticut
    Gov. Ned Lamont

    As of Wednesday, 39,017 residents had tested positive for COVID-19, and 3,529 had died of complications related to the virus, Lamont said during his daily briefing. 

    The state’s second phase of reopenings could happen around June 20 and include hotels and indoor restaurant spaces, minus their bars; gyms and fitness and sports clubs; “personal service” venues including nail salons and tattoo parlors; movie theaters; bowling alleys; social clubs; pools; outdoor arts, entertainment and events up to 50 people; museums, zoos and aquariums; and outdoor amusement parks, Lamont said.

    A third phase of reopenings could happen at least four weeks after June 20 and include indoor bars, indoor event spaces and venues, outdoor events up to 100 people, and indoor amusement parks and arcades, pending the outcomes of the first and second phases, he added.

    Connecticut
    Gov. Ned Lamont

    Progressing to phase two will be contingent upon five metrics, including a less than 100 bed “net increase” in hospitalizations in the last week of phase one and the completion of 100,000 COVID-19 tests per week, Lamont said. 

    Hospitals in Connecticut will also have to show that fewer than 20 percent of their beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

    Connecticut
    Gov. Ned Lamont

    Businesses, meanwhile, will be asked to “self-certify” to prove that they are following safety guidelines before they reopen. 

    Once a business has self-certified, it will receive a badge that it can post to reassure employees and customers it is taking precautions, Lamont noted. 

    “Our number one principle… was public health and safety first,” he explained. “It’s not an economic versus a health issue — the two go hand in hand as you’ve heard every step of the way."

    Connecticut on Wednesday also released a tentative timeline for education and community service reopenings. 

    Connecticut
    Gov. Ned Lamont

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