BRISTOL – During a Central CT Chambers of Commerce virtual meeting with city leaders, Gov. Ned Lamont said he is “making up his mind” about lifting the mask mandate and is looking for advice on the subject.
“On May 19 I will make a determination if masks are needed for longer,” he said. “If you’re outside you don’t need masks unless you’re with strangers who may be unvaccinated.
Lamont also said the Restaurant Association wants to keep the mandate a bit longer.
“If we make it clear on our end it makes it so that businesses don’t have to police it,” Lamont said. “But 70% of adults over 18 are vaccinated and most are fully vaccinated. There are those saying why they should have to wear a mask if only 30% aren’t vaccinated.”
Paul Lavoie, who chairs the board of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce and general manager at Carey Manufacturing, said even though most of his employees are vaccinated the company still has a mandate in place.
“We should still be vigilant – we can’t afford to get anybody sick,” he said. “People have been doing this for a year so it’s not a real issue. Will there be a point in time when we don’t need to do it? Yes. Just not now.”