Connecticut Takes Methodical Approach To Reopening

Apr 28, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont believes the states of Georgia and Oklahoma are opening up for non-essential businesses prematurely. 

As he considers what’s required to reopen Connecticut, Lamont says he’s paying close attention to what’s happening in Georgia and Oklahoma, particularly at businesses like massage and tattoo parlors, where it’s impossible to socially distance.

“In many cases the consumers held back and did not want to go in. But I noticed in numerous cases, they did 60 tattoos in one day. So I keep that in mind as we figure out what’s a phased way we can get our state back to work. But only if we do it in a safe way.”

Lamont expects to get an update from his Reopen Connecticut advisory panel on Thursday. The panel is made up of health, business, workforce and education experts.

But the governor says he won’t take any major step to reopen Connecticut before May 20. That’s the day he'll receive a comprehensive report from his advisory panel. Schools and nonessential business will remain closed until then.

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