HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Connecticut will start issuing fines for those not wearing a mask and for those who gather in a large group.

Gov. Ned Lamont made the announcement during a briefing on Monday.

For someone not wearing a mask, there will now be a $100 fine.

Then, it’ll be $250 for attending a large gathering and $500 for organizing a large gathering.

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Coronavirus in CT: Lamont announces fines for those not wearing masks, attending large gatherings

The specific parameters were not yet defined.

As of Monday, the state stuck to the limits of 25 people indoor and 100 outdoor.

The limits do not apply to restaurants or businesses. It is unclear at this time if they apply to churches.

There was already an executive order in place for violating mask rules, but it was a misdemeanor which could have included an arrest.

The governor’s team said no one was really enforcing it with any strict consequences, so that’s why they’re shifting to the fine.

“Many people viewed that as excessively harsh for failing to wear a mask, so they asked for this new tool, an infraction, which is a bit of a step down enforcement, which could give them another set of tools in their toolkit to help ensure people were following the requirements at the local level,” said Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe.

"I think there should be something done about that, necessarily a $100 fine, maybe. I'm not completely opposed to it, I'm not saying people should get arrested for it," said Angie Phe. 

On Monday, West Hartford center was busy and many people were wearing masks. Some, however, were not.

In some cases, those not wearing masks were separated by six feet or more. 

"There's no reason to come down harder now. We're doing the right things and the numbers show it, let's keep on that track," said P.J. Louis. 

State officials said the mask order will be enforced on the local level and will take effect sometime this week.

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(25) comments

Brian C. Duffy

Lamont actually lowered the penalty from a misdemeanor to an infraction so it would be more likely to be enforced.

JF71

Its shocking how many people here are ok with fines by executive orders, ones that have no power of law. EO's are an abuse of power, call your reps and put a stop to this.

Verdad

It is not that difficult to understand. Wear your mask and then you don't get fined. You should already be doing this. No need to panic or cry.

x_lab_tech

$250 Fine for attending large gatherings? Does this apply to those attending BLM gatherings, AS LAMONT HIMSELF attended this past summer? Just wondering.

NOTTHEONE-a

HEIL Lamont

JaseBo

Wow. Whats next? Forced home inspection if someone reports you for sneezing?

Whats really sad is that even if that happened, there would be a sizable portion of the population that would lash out at the rest of us that think actual freedom is more important than government power grabs in the name of safety.

Dan7543

Just obey the law and you won't get into trouble.

lostinCT

Its not a law. and its an abuse of power

strangebrue

I applaud you King Ned, not a new business tax but a new clever way of scr ewing the idiots who voted you in

Verdad

Your Governor Lamont is doing his job. The adults that voted for him will likely not get fined as they capable of wearing a mask without whining. We are able to read and understand science. We are able to care for our fellow citizens and not throw a tantrum because things are tough right now. When you become an adult you may understand. In the meantime put on your Maga hat and storm the capitol. Try understanding that the world does not and will never revolve around you.

strangebrue

He is a disgrace how dare you call him my gov.

Most of this state despises him outside of Bridgeport south and hartford. If this state was broken into electoral voting he would not be in office not even close

Dan7543

Still your governor.

strangebrue

and your screen name is ironic lol

Verdad

I thought you said good riddance to this site months ago.

lostinCT

not my governor... i didn't vote for him so dont blame me

Dan7543

He IS your governor. If you live in CT, Lamont is YOUR governor.

Dan7543

In all actuality, the idiots will be the ones not wearing masks.

strangebrue

This is not all about wearing a mask. I wear a mask. Its about abuse of POWER dont you get it or are you one of those waiting for someone to tell you what to do next

Verdad

You are the one that does not get it. There are people that need to be told because they are selfish and inconsiderate or science denying fools. Hence the EO.

Turtle Godfather

I won't be paying any fines. Who's ready to march on the capitol??? This has gone way too far.

Verdad

Go throw a tantrum and see how that goes. Or get over yourself and wear your mask. Be part of the solution not part of the problem if you are adult enough.

Turtle Godfather

Make me. I'm more than adult enough. An assertion of rights is not a tantrum.

Verdad

If you were adult enough then you would not be whining about this. You would understand the pandemic and do you part. Instead you post on here and try to play the victim. Consider being an adult if you a capable. Or you can proudly be part of the problem and pay the fine.

Dan7543

Wait...you said who's ready to march and then when someone to try that, you said "make me." Do you not see that you sound like a 4 year old?

Cman624

Cry harder you big baby.

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