For small and medium-sized Connecticut businesses, October 8th must have felt like their own Independence Day. For the first time since the beginning of summer, Governor Ned Lamont had lifted most of the restrictions placed on businesses after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S.
From the beginning of summer until the middle of fall, the infection rate in Connecticut had only risen from 1% to 2%. This rate represents the number of people infected in the state for every 100,000 residents. It does not mean that 2% of the entire population in Connecticut have contracted COVID.
Then, out of nowhere, in the past weeks, the infection rate climbed all the way from 2% to over 6%. The infection rate for Wednesday, October 28, was more than three (3) times higher than it had been all year.
The spike in daily infections raised the weekly average all the way up to more than 4%. The Governor stated that, if the rate reaches 5%, he’ll have no choice but to reverse some of the lighter restrictions announced on October 8, 2020.
At the beginning of October, the Governor was thrilled to announce that the state would be entering Phase 3 of the reopening plan. This meant that Connecticut businesses like restaurants were allowed to maintain occupancy of 75%. This was a far cry from the 25% most states still have in place. Now that the infection rates are climbing again, the Governor may have to place strict restrictions on local businesses once again.
If you own a small or medium-sized business in Connecticut and have questions about the COVID-19 guidelines, contact our office as soon as possible.