HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday announced the state will be moving into Phase 3 of its reopening in early October.
Under Phase 3, restaurants, personal service shops – such as hair salons and barbershops – and libraries will be able to increase from 50% to 75% capacity indoors.
Bars and nightclubs will remain closed throughout the third phase and Lamont did not clarify as to when they would open.
The state will enter Phase 3 on Oct. 8 with outdoor event venues, such as amphitheaters and racetracks, being allowed to increase from 25% to 50% capacity, the governor announced.
“The changes will increase capacities for certain businesses, including restaurants, personal services, libraries and performing arts venues, while ensuring safety protocols are still in effect,” Lamont said on Twitter.
Indoor commercial venues will also be allowed to welcome up to 100 people inside, or 50% capacity – whichever number is lower.
According to Lamont, outdoor gatherings cannot exceed 150 people and indoor gatherings will remain capped at just 25 people.
“The reason why we are able to have a discussion about even entering into Phase 3 is because of Connecticut residents’ collective actions to fight the spread of COVID-19,” Lamont said. “By taking the sector rules seriously, wearing masks, physically distancing, and washing your hands regularly, I believe that we can continue to keep these rates low while also easing some of the restrictions that were enacted earlier this year. I applaud the residents of our state for what they’ve been doing, and urge them to keep it up.”
Graduations are still not permitted to be held indoors under Phase 3, but outdoor ceremonies can operate at 50% capacity with 6-foot spacing between individuals. Masks are also required.
Religious gatherings held outside must adhere to the same rules as outdoor graduation ceremonies. However, religious gatherings can occur indoors with a 25% capacity limitation or just 100 people.
The governor’s office reminded residents that these capacity increases are still subjected to COVID-19 safety requirements, meaning masks and social distancing will still be required.