Connecticut Residents Face Fines For Violating Coronavirus Rules

Gov. Ned Lamont
Photo credit CT House Republicans

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — As Connecticut's positivity rate continues to hover above 1%, Gov. Ned Lamont has sign an executive order creating new fines for residents who violate coronavrius restrictions.

"$100 for violating the mask order, $500 for organizing an event that exceeds the size limits — you know, 25 inside, 100 outdoors — or $250 for attending that event," Lamont said Monday.

The governor created the fines as an alternative to issuing a misdemeanor, which some considered to be too punitive.

"This is really following the lead of our municipalities saying that we need a little more leverage when people are breaking the rules, when institutions and businesses are breaking the rules," Lamont said.

Some college-related gatherings prompted the new fines, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

Lamont is also tweaking the travel advisory. People who come into Connecticut from a state or U.S. terriroty with a high coronavirus infection rate won't have to quarantine for two weeks if they provide a negative test result.

"It just gives you a little bit more flexibility," Lamont said.

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