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Ned Lamont Encourages Businesses and Residents to Return to the Office and Pre-Pandemic Activities

  • Governor Ned Lamont changes message from “stay home, stay safe” to “get out of the damn house”
  • Lamont and business leaders encourage Connecticut residents to return to pre-pandemic activities
  • Connecticut lifted all business restrictions earlier this month amid improving vaccination rates and falling COVID-19 infections

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

After more than a year of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont has changed his plea to residents from “stay home, stay safe” to “get out of the damn house.”

Lamont encouraged people to travel, visit restaurants, return to in-person work settings, and resume other pre-pandemic activities. He was joined by business leaders who also said such activities are needed to assist with Connecticut’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

  • Connecticut started the gradual process of lifting business restrictions earlier this year as COVID-19 vaccinations rolled out and the state’s infection rate fell
  • All business restrictions were lifted on May 19, although masks are still recommended in some venues
  • Business leaders say there are signs of economic improvement, such as more travelers at Bradley International Airport and an increase in hotel bookings
  • A return to office work is being encouraged both as a way to support community businesses and to improve collaboration and innovation

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