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Connecticut Imposes Fines For Not Wearing A Mask

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Connecticut residents now face fines if they aren’t wearing a mask in public or if they attend large gatherings.

Governor Ned Lamont announced yesterday that local authorities can now issue a 100 dollar fine for not wearing a mask in a public place, and 500 dollars for organizing an event that exceeds size limits. 

There is also a 250 dollar fine for attending such an event. 

Lamont said local municipalities suggested the fine system.

“Because it’s easier to issue.  A hundred dollar fine opposed to heavier handed remedies.  As some understand they can take it home. And I think it's the type of thing a public health official can issue like a variety of fines.”

The fines will be enacted through Executive Order by Lamont.

The state has also changed it’s travel advisory.  Residents traveling to Connecticut from a hot state can now show proof of a negative covid test instead of quarantining for 14 days.