Report by Paula Antolini, October 8, 2020, 6:52PM EDT
Governor Lamont signs 74th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
PHASE III REOPENING CHANGES FOR RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS
Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 74th since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 9F enacts the following provisions:
—Amendments to size restrictions on certain gatherings: Enacts the previously announced, Phase 3 increases in gathering sizes for spiritual, religious, and worship services.
—Extension of drive-in worship services and graduations: Continues the previously enacted provisions regarding drive-in religious and graduation ceremonies through at least November 9.
|**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 9F|
Executive order in part, below:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, and pursuant to the public health and civil preparedness emergencies declared on March 10, 2020 and renewed on September 1, 2020 and the new public health and civil preparedness emergencies declared on September 1, 2020, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
Amendments to Size Restrictions on Certain Gatherings. Effective on October 8, 2020, Executive Order No. 7TT, Section 2 is amended to provide that religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings, if held indoors, are limited to no more than 50 percent of the building’s capacity or a maximum of 20 people, whichever is lower, and such services, if held outdoors, are limited to the number of people that can be accommodated safely by the venue or location provided that all persons present wear masks, unless speaking from designated safe locations, and that a distance of 6 feet is maintained between all persons or groups not from the same household.
Extension of Drive-In Worship Services and Graduations. The
provisions of Executive Order No. 7XX, Sections 1 and 2, regarding drivein religious and graduation ceremonies, shall remain in effect.
This order shall take effect immediately and remain in effect until November 9, 2020.