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Lamont To Ease Connecticut COVID Restrictions On First Day Of Spring

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has eased some COVID-19 restrictions. He has eliminated indoor dining capacity limits for restaurants and increased the capacity for sports and entertainment venues beginning March 19.

Lamont said there are three reasons why he’s decided to ease the restrictions on March 19.

“A, more people vaccinated, B, warmer weather, and C more and more of our peers are sort of headed in the same direction. Massachusetts is relaxing their restaurants at 100% already.”

But he warns that people should continue to take precautions.

“This is not Texas. This is not Mississippi. This is Connecticut. We are maintaining the masks,” Lamont said.

Other protocols that would not change include bars to remain closed and an 11 p.m. curfew would continue to be maintained.

Indoor theaters would continue at 50% capacity. Large event venues including stadiums would be allowed to open in April. And religious services are allowed to resume at full capacity.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.