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Connecticut Reconsiders Reopening Bars

Marcio Jose Sanchez
A bartender pours a beer while wearing a mask and face shield amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont suggested he will slow down the timetable to fully reopen bars in the state.

Bars and restaurants can currently serve people indoors at half-capacity, and with social distancing rules in place. They had been set to reopen to full capacity in mid-July. Lamont now suggests otherwise.

“I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I think the bars are gonna have to take a pause right now. I’m just looking around the rest of the country, and I’m seeing it’s pretty infectious in there. I see Texas, I see Florida, southern California all closing down bars. And I’m learning from that.”

Connecticut is only one of four states on track to contain its COVID-19 outbreak, along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. Bars were set to reopen as part of the state’s Phase Three Reopening plan. Lamont said a decision will be made next week.

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