Three local cities are withdrawing COVID-19 recovery plans in increasing numbers in Connecticut.
Stamford, Bridgeport and Norwalk return to the second phase of the reopening.
A further 1,319 cases were reported on Thursday, the highest total day in weeks. A total of 1,319 tests came back positive out of 21,739, which translates to an infection rate of 6.1%. This is the highest it has been since June.
“This is a difficult decision as I do not want our local businesses to be affected, but my priority remains the health and safety of our residents,”
The decision reduces capacity in restaurants, venues and salons.
A restaurant owner told News 12 that this will affect the small events they had booked for the holiday season.
Stamford Mayor David Martin says we are in a different wave and need to change our behavior immediately.
John Nealon helped open The Purple Rose five weeks ago. He admits it was a challenge to do during a pandemic, but they invested in heat lamps and plexiglass dividers to get the most out of their space.
Just this month, they were allowed to increase capacity to 75%. The mayor’s decision Thursday means they have to go back to 50% capacity. It also means they can host an indoor event with just 25 people.
Stamford is considered a red alert zone, counting more than 15 cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.
Bridgeport and Norwalk’s returns take effect at 12 Sunday.