Three local cities are pulling back from COVID-19 recovery plans as numbers rise in Connecticut.
Stamford, Bridgeport and Norwalk return to the second phase of the reopening.
Another 1,319 cases were reported Thursday, the highest total for a day in weeks. A total of 1,319 tests came back positive out of 21,739, which translates into an infection rate of 6.1%. This is the highest since June.
“It’s a tough decision because I don’t want to see our local businesses affected, but my priority remains the health and safety of our residents,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Riling. “Our cases are increasing and I am deeply concerned. “
The decision decreases the capacity inside restaurants, venues and lounges.
A restaurant owner told News 12 it will impact the small events he has booked for the holiday season.
Stamford Mayor David Martin says we are in a second wave and we need to change our behavior immediately.
John Nealon helped open The Lila Rose five weeks ago. He admits it was a challenge to do during a pandemic, but they’ve invested in heat lamps and plexiglass dividers to make the most of their space.
This month alone, they were allowed to increase their capacity to 75%. The mayor’s decision on Thursday forces them to return to 50% of their capacity. It also means that they can host an indoor event with only 25 people.
Stamford is considered a red alert zone with more than 15 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days.
Cancellations from Bridgeport and Norwalk will be effective at 12 p.m. Sunday.