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Connecticut Libraries, Indoor Dining Reopen

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Charles Krupa

Libraries and restricted indoor dining are now allowed in Connecticut as part of Phase Two of the state’s economic reopening. 

Jennifer Keohane, executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, says while libraries have permission to open their doors, many have chosen to remain closed for now. 

“They are working slowly in each library, in each town, in each library type, trying to figure out how to best work with the minimum guidelines and still provide services that are keeping the employees and the public safe.” 

Some of those guidelines include limiting capacity to 50%, blocking every other computer terminal, and adding a plexiglass barrier to the circulation desk.

Libraries will continue to provide services remotely as they have been throughout the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz stopped by a few New London restaurants to show her support for their reopening. 

“The restaurant industry is very important to our state. It is a sector that employs 15% of our workers, and we really want our restaurants to succeed.” 

Like libraries, indoor dining capacity is limited to 50%. Tables must be placed six feet apart, though smaller facilities may use plexiglass dividers if they do not have room to spread tables out. 

Bysiewicz says Connecticut will encourage those from out of state to visit Connecticut restaurants as the tourist season begins. 

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