On Thursday, state leaders said schools and non-essential businesses will not reopen until at least May 20, as the coronavirus pandemic continues on.
Connecticut schools, bars, restaurants and many other businesses will remain closed “at least” until May 20, Lamont said. “I wouldn’t be surprised that May 20 date gets extended as well,” he added.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are 9,784 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, 1,464 people have been hospitalized and there have been 380 laboratory-confirmed disease-associated deaths. That’s an increase of 1,003 positive cases, 45 more deaths, 46 more hospitalized and another 1,802 tests done since Wednesday.
While many people would like to return to business as usual and a semblance of normalcy as soon as possible, the coronavirus threat will linger, the governor said.
“What we’re trying to do is just to find how we can make the workplace safer,” Lamont said. “How much big social interaction there has to be and how we can make sure we limit that amount of social action going forward.”
“I want people to get back to work as soon as they can do so safely, I do worry that if we rush back to work, as some rhetoric has implied, you could have a second and third wave of this pandemic, so we’ll be outlining over the next week or two how we carefully plan to get people back to work. We’re just not going to open the doors on May 20,” Lamont said.
He added schools are planning for the “worst case scenario,” which is schools possibly remaining closed for the end of the year, but he was adamant that the class of 2020 will have a graduation.
“You worked hard for it, you deserve it and you’re going to get it,” even if it must be postponed. He said a graduation will definitely occur and it’s already being discussed at the local level.