Conn. And N.Y. Slowly Reopen, Though Restrictions And Uncertainties Remain

May 22, 2020

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

  • Deaths continue to stay below 150 for the fourth day in a row in New York. There was an uptick in new cases, with 2,000 statewide, 260 on Long Island and 156 in Westchester County. 
  • In Connecticut, there were 53 deaths. New cases fell to under 200.
  • The tribal leaders of Connecticut’s two casinos say they plan to reopen their casinos on June 1, with safety measures in place. Governor Ned Lamont opposes their reopening and says the state could pull their liquor licenses if an agreement is not reached. The tribes say they’re open to discussion.
  • The town of Cromwell, Conn., has asked Lamont to accelerate the state’s reopening. They suggest opening certain regions of the state where there are fewer cases. 
  • CVS Health now has 25 COVID-19 test sites at pharmacies across Connecticut, including 15 that will be operational on Friday in Fairfield County.
  • A Westport, Conn., man is suing Gov. Lamont, saying the governor’s order limiting gatherings to five people is unconstitutional. Bruce Miller also says Lamont overstated the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and overstepped guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Conn. Attorney General William Tong says Lamont’s orders conform with the Constitution.
  • Gov. Lamont says state parks will have a different look this summer. DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes says some parks will limit the number of visitors and social distancing will be enforced. Bathrooms will be closed. Beaches will have their own guidelines. Information can be found on the new What’s Open Outdoors website.

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