HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – While phase 1 of the reopening of Connecticut began on Wednesday, state officials released plans for phases 2 and 3.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the phase 2 reopening will begin on approximately June 20, which will get the state even closer to what it looked like before the pandemic.
The Phase 2 businesses that are expected to reopen on June 20 are:
- Hotels (no bar areas)
- Gyms, fitness, and sports clubs
- All personal services
- Outdoor arts, entertainment and events (up to 50 people)
- Outdoor amusement parts
- Movie theaters
- Bowling alleys
- Social clubs, pools
- All museums, zoo, aquariums
- Restaurants (indoor, no bar)
Schools and summer activities are also part of Phase 2. Some of those activities include:
- Youth sports
- All day summer camps
- Public libraries
- K-12 summer school
- Nonresidential workforce programs
- Nonresidential clinical courses
- Other nonresidential programs
- Graduate programs
- Undergraduate residential small-scale pilot programs
"[We have to] make sure we have safety protocols in place that employees feel safe and you feel safe going back," Lamont said.
Just like in Phase 1, the state will have metrics for hospitalizations, testing, contact tracing, and more.
"If you start to see the COVID hospitalizations start to accelerate at the 100 or more benchmark, that may cause us to push off phase 2, if that's happening," said Josh Geballe, chief operating officer.
Lamont also discussed the phase 3 reopening. That phase is expected to roll out at least four weeks after phase 2.
Phase 3 will include:
- Indoor event spaces and venues
- Indoor amusement parks and arcades
- Outdoor events (up to 100 people)
“Phase 2 is about a month after phase 1. About June 20, we’ll be looking at the metrics, where we are over the next couple of weeks. That will be really important as we give you the guidance a couple weeks before June 20 and beyond,” Lamont said.
All of this is contingent on the virus still being suppressed.