Gov: Safety Rules Intended to Build Public Confidence

Disinfecting Surfaces, Social Distancing Mark Guidelines

Dave Mager
May 08, 2020 - 9:14 pm
State-issued restaurant hygiene guidelines for May 20th openings; issued 5/8/20

Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams

Extensive public health guidlines issued to businesses reopening on May 20th are a matter of building public confidence, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.

Restaurants face an especially tall order. They'll need to sanitize tables and chairs between sittings, cover silverware and serve patrons while wearing masks and gloves.

Notes from the governor's Friday news briefing:

REASSURING CUSTOMERS, OWNERS, WORKERS

State officials say ensuring public safety is a crucial element in jump-starting the economy. 

"We want to get folks back to work as quickly and safely as possible," says Commissioner of Economic and Community Development David Lehman. "If previous downturns are any guide, it does take a lot longer to get people back to work than the layoffs that we've seen over the last six weeks."

Lamont: "We're finding out that store owners have some hesitancy, consumers have some hesitancy, employees have some hesitancy, and that's why the public health parameters of this are so important to give all those groups confidence. That's how (the economic) recovery is a little more accelerated."

THE MASKED SERVER. AND CHEF. AND CUSTOMERS...

After two months of being limited to take-out and delivery, restaurants can seat diners at outdoor tables, starting May 20th. Those that open will be asked to do a lot more cleaning than they're used to.

Restaurant hygiene guidelines for May 20th opening, issued 5/8/20
CT Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams

Even customers will be asked to wear masks, except while eating.

More on restaurant hygiene guidelines
CT Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams

BACK TO THE STYLIST, BARBER

Hair salons and barber shops also face a number of extra steps. Interestingly, no blow dryers can be used because they might blow the virus around.

Hair salon guidance for May 20th opening, issued 5/8/20
CT Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams

In a change of plans announced Friday, nail salons won't be opening this month as expected.

COMPLIANCE OR CONSEQUENCES

State officials are working on a system to enforce compliance with the rules. They say details could be announced next week.

LATEST STATISTICS FROM CT DPH

--total deaths statewide 2,874 (+77)

--total hospitalizations 1,336 (-49); (-636 from high of 1,972 on Apr. 22nd)

--32,411 known COVID-19 cases

--120,541 tests completed (roughly 3.5% of state population tested)