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Coronavirus Latest: Lamont Caps Gatherings At 10 People. But Restaurants Not On Same Page.

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Charles Krupa

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in the region:

Governor Ned Lamont has capped all indoor and outdoor gatherings at 10 people, as more than half of Connecticut is now under “red-alert.”

More than 6,000 restaurant owners have petitioned Lamont to ease certain restrictions that they say will be a “death blow” to the industry if they go into effect Friday. Lamont scaled back the state’s reopening plans to Phase 2 in response to a spike in cases. The plan is to force restaurants to close by 9:30 p.m. each night and limit their capacity.

Lamont says towns need to clamp down on illegal crowds at restaurants in Connecticut starting Friday.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate approaches 5%. The positive test rate on Long Island has reached 2%. Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ned Lamont discourage travel between their states.

The New York State Regents exams scheduled for high school students in January are canceled. It’s the third time this year the state has dropped the exam due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Students who pass a related class this semester will be exempt from taking the Regents in that subject.

Yale University told students to limit time off campus in New Haven, Connecticut as the city experiences a spike in cases.