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Connecticut Restaurant Association Claims Dining Is Safe Despite COVID Uptick

Ted S. Warren

With warmer weather now here, Connecticut restaurants say they are safe for customers despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state — three weeks after dining-out fully reopened.

Scott Dolch heads the Connecticut Restaurants Association. He said studies done in Massachusetts and New York show that the vast majority of COVID-19 spread is taking place in homes and social gatherings — not restaurants.

“What we’ve seen in Massachusetts with their clusters and even COVID reports in the last month of March, only 0.5% of COVID cases were tied back to restaurants. Or 0.2% of those were actually clusters, out of 22,000 cases,” Dolch said.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said children may be spreading COVID-19 through extracurricular activities. The CDC also warns of more contagious variants becoming the dominant strain and asks that states not ease all safety measures.

Dolch said Connecticut restaurants still implement social distancing and mask wearing.

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.