HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut will allow indoor performance venues to reopen, increase some businesses’ capacity limits and raise caps on gatherings when it moves into the third phase of its reopening in October, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.
Phase 3 will kick off on Oct. 8, barring a significant uptick in the state’s COVID-19 statistics, Lamont said at a news briefing Thursday afternoon.
Connecticut moved into Phase 2 in mid-June, but held off on entering Phase 3 in July to avoid the COVID-19 surges other states were seeing ahead of school reopenings, he said.
“Phase 3 is coming about because, A, Connecticut has earned it, in terms of being able to maintain our low infection rates,” he said.
Bars that don’t serve food will remain closed in Phase 3, Lamont noted. Nightclubs will also remain closed.
Connecticut reported 157 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths on Thursday. Its COVID-19 infection rate currently stands at 1 percent, the governor said.