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Executive Order 9G – Authority to Revert to Phase 2

Posted on October 15, 2020 by admin


Recently, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No. 9G – his 75th – that allows local municipalities to consider and enact more restrictive policies to curb potential Covic-19 outbreaks or flare-ups, despite the state having moved into Phase 3 of Governor Lamont’s reopening plan.

The order enacts:

Municipal authority to revert to the more restrictive pre-October 8, 2020 size and capacity limitations and rules for certain businesses and gatherings: Permits, under certain conditions, the ability of municipal chief executives in towns and cities that have been identified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as having a higher infection rate the option of reverting to the previously issued Phase 2 rules.

What it means:

This Order requires municipalities, upon being designated as an Elevated Case Rate municipality, to either maintain Phase 3 rules or return to the more restrictive Phase 2 rules. If the municipality does not make a timely election, the Phase 2 rules will automatically apply. A reversion to Phase 2 will last at least 14 days.

The Executive Order is unfortunately vague in notification requirements to citizens and businesses within the town/city. It is imperative that individuals and businesses carefully monitor what rules are in place in order to avoid any unintended consequences and violations. A DECD comparison of the differences between Phase 2 and Phase 3 is below.

The Elevated Case Rate designation means 15 new cases, excluding those in long term care facilities, per 100,000 residents over a 14 day period.

More information can be found on the governor’s website at: