Connecticut issues official advisory asking residents to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant
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Connecticut’s Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a formal advisory asking residents to remain at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for essential business.

State officials announced the recommendation on Monday, but the official advisory goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. It does not apply to essential workers who are leaving their home to work, or to people who must leave their homes “on an emergency basis” for medical care, medications or food.

The “public health advisory for all Connecticut residents” recommends that they remain at home overnight. The advisory is not a mandate but a request to remain home “in order to reduce the risk of further viral transmission.”

On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont said the advisory was coming, and urged people to “stay safe, stay home as much as you can and otherwise be careful."

The advisory goes into effect at the same time as the state reinstates some other restrictions, including requiring restaurants to close their dining rooms at 10 p.m. and capping all private indoor and outdoor gatherings at a maximum of 10 people.

Those other restrictions are mandatory, while the advisory is a recommendation. But state officials have said they would like to see residents follow the advisory in an effort to contain Connecticut’s ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

As of Thursday, the state had reported a weekly average positivity rate of 3.5%, which is notably higher than the late summer months when the state often reported an average rate below 1%.

Hospitalizations and deaths have risen, too.

After dipping to a low of 42 people hospitalized in mid-August, the state on Thursday reported 380 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. And while the state reported 33 coronavirus-linked deaths in August, that number more than tripled in October, when the state reported at least 108 deaths.

Officials, including Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford, have repeatedly said that much of the spread can be traced back to relatively small social gatherings, such as backyard barbecues and birthday parties, where the virus has spread through families and friend groups.

“People are catching COVID from one another when we’re together in groups and when we’re together with people who don’t live in our household,” Gifford said Monday. “So the point of that advisory is just a very strong reminder to everyone that as we see infections go up now in Connecticut, the chance that somebody you’re socializing with ... has maybe an infection that has no symptoms is getting higher.”

The official advisory, which mirrors an advisory released by the state of Massachusetts, also recommends that:

social gatherings should end by 9:30 p.m. or be canceled entirely

residents who are over the age of 60 or have health complications should take “extra precautions” and stay home as much as possible

employers should allow residents to work from home

all residents should wear masks when they leave their homes, as well as inside their homes if they’re hosting anyone from outside their household

residents should limit visits to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

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