CONNECTICUT — Gov. Ned Lamont is now considering giving towns with a high volume of coronavirus cases discretion to stay at the second reopening phase.
“I think we are thinking about this on a town-by-town basis and perhaps giving those towns some discretion not to move to phase three, to stay at phase two,” Lamont said at a news conference.
Connecticut’s third reopening phase started Thursday. It increases indoor restaurant and personal service capacity from 50 to 75 percent. It also increases capacity at private social commercial gatherings like weddings as well as religious services, graduation ceremonies, outdoor entertainment and indoor performing arts.
The discretion to stay or roll back to phase two would be given if a town reached 15 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week rolling average. The state average is closer to seven per 100,000.
The eastern part of the state and particularly New London