Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Connecticut, US, extend orders requiring residents to stay home, nonessential businesses to close through at least May 20.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Groton, Connecticut
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • Old Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Milford, Connecticut
  • Shelton, Connecticut

This alert began 16 Apr 2020 12:34 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Connecticut (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 20
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont extended orders requiring residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses to remain closed through at least May 20 as part of the state's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents are only allowed to leave their homes to obtain basic goods, attend to a medical issue, care for a person in need, or perform outdoor recreational activities individually while keeping a proper distance from others. Residents may also leave their homes to go to work at an essential business or service, including grocery shops, pharmacies, banks, fuel stations, healthcare facilities, essential government functions, and companies working in manufacturing, agriculture, security, and transport.

All gatherings of five people or more remain banned, and in-person lessons at schools will remain canceled through May 20. Authorities have urged travelers entering Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, and have recommended customers and workers to wear masks inside retail businesses or if they cannot maintain a proper distance from others.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measures. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the authorities in Connecticut are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all non-essential travel in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO Coronavirus Knowledge Base: www.who.int

Coronavirus Updates in Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov

Governor of Connecticut - Order Extension: https://portal.ct.gov/