Reopening: Everyone's a Critic

Pressure from All Sides on Reopening

Dave Mager
May 14, 2020 - 9:32 pm
Reopen CT Advisory Group graphic on progress towards reopening criteria, 5/14/20

Governor's Office/ Microsoft Teams/ CT-N Connecticut Network

From honking protestors to state GOP leaders to business associations, Gov. Lamont has heard it from all sides on "reopening,"

Now, the complaints are coming from some of the governor's closest allies in the State Senate.

Even so, partial reopening for next Weds., May 20th, appears to be on track.

Notes from the governor's Thursday news briefing:

TOO SOON, OR NOT SOON ENOUGH?

Some Senate Democrats say the governor is moving too soon to ease coronavirus restrictions.

Sen. Saud Anwar (D/South Windsor), a doctor and pulmonary specialist, signed on to a pair of letters to Gov. Lamont, co-signed by some of his Senate colleagues.

Anwar, who told reporters recently he's been self-quarantined since the start of the crisis, says the governor's goal of 42,000 tests per week to open by May 20th falls well short of what's needed to protect the public.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R/North Haven) had unsuccessfully asked the governor to move the reopening date up to May 10th.

Chief of Staff Paul Mounds says all the legislative leaders have been briefed, and the governor is considering their input: "Many of their comments and inputs from the caucuses led to modifications to many of the standards that have been put out. Dr. Ko did an hour-and-a-half call just with Sen. Fasano the other day based upon a request he has... We've been working in collaboration (with the legislature) in all aspects as it deals with this reopening."

The Connecticut Restaurant Association and business leaders have been asking for indoor service at restaurants to reopen earlier than June 20th, the date suggested this week by the governor.

THE LATEST FROM DPH

--3,219 dead (+94)

--1,103 hospitalized (-55)

--35,464 known COVID-19 cases (+60)

--149,562 tests (roughly 4.4% of the state population) completed (+6619)