Connecticut Governor Defends Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions
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- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Monday defended his plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions in the state starting next week, stating that a decline in new infections and the new vaccine rollout necessitated the move
- According to Lamont, a vast majority of the high-risk population, including above-55s, in the state have already been vaccinated
- Lamont said 98 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities have occurred in that age group
- Half of Connecticut residents ages 55 and above have received at least one vaccine dose
- Lamont said restrictions, such as capacity limits for hair salons, churches, and restaurants, will be lifted starting March 19, but a statewide mask mandate will remain in place