Circle May 20th on your calendars. If current COVID-19 trends hold, that's the date Connecticut will allow many businesses to dust off the cobwebs.
Notes from Gov. Lamont's Thursday news briefing:
BRING YOUR OWN MASK
Until there's a vaccine, the novel coronavirus will be with us. So, the state will allow the following to open while social distancing standards are maintained:
--restaurants (outdoor seating only/ no bar area)
--offices (work from home when possible)
--hair salons/ barbers and nail salons
--museums and zoos (outdoor only)
--university research programs
Gov. Lamont: "If there's a resurgence in New York City, if there's a resurgence in Boston, all of a sudden, we see this virus is taking on a second life... we're going to recalibrate. Right now, all indications are we can do what we said we're gonna do on May 20th."
Indra Nooyi, co-chair, Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group (asked for timeline on the next phase of openings): "We will not move from one level to another any less than four weeks between them. But they could be eight-to-ten weeks based on what kind of health metrics and performance metrics come out. Once we open this first round of businesses, we will learn so much about how long it's going to take to open up the next level."
Dr. Albert Ko, co-chair, Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group (asked if 42,000 tests per week, his goal for May 20th, qualifies as "mass testing," his own standard for reopening): "The first priority is to get up to the 42,000, that's the minimum bar... so that we can implement mass screening, the screening of vulnerable populations -- these are the healthcare workers, the first responders, the people who work in nursing homes, the people in densely crowded communitites... That's what we're shooting for. We're not stopping at May 20th. We're not stopping at that benchmark."
LATEST DATA FROM CT DPH
--hospitalizations still dropping steadily (-41) to 1,650
--89 more dead, for a total of 2,257
--97,133 tests conducted (roughly 2.9% of the state population)