HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The governor of Connecticut has said he wants to consult with neighboring governors about a potential shutdown across the country as coronavirus cases increase.
The exclusion could happen around Christmas week and the new year.
Rhode Island is on the second day of its two-week suspension.
During an interview with Channel 3 radio host and colleague Rene DiNino, who asked a listener if the state could consider closing down, Governor Ned Lamont left open the possibility.
A group of doctors asked Lamont to consider closing indoor dining rooms and gyms for fear that hospitals would not reach maximum capacity. He said he planned to meet with these doctors to discuss this.
On Tuesday night, Channel 3 spoke to Dr. Michael Urban of the University of New Haven about his thoughts on a possible shutdown and whether it would help prevent hospitals from leaving Connecticut.
Urban said it was a difficult call because it could bring some relief to hospitals, but it would be difficult for businesses. If it is done, it will have to be longer than a week.
“In general, it may not be enough,” he said. “I would insist more for a period of two weeks. A full 14 days, if not three weeks. But again, I think it would have value at that time, but I don’t know that it would have a strong enough value where we already are. “
Urban said choosing Christmas week as a break could lead to the virus spreading in some cases.
“What people do on holidays is get together with their families,” Urban said. “And the way the virus is spreading is through these small family reunions. So, if not something, I would be afraid that we will actually encourage people to come together even more. “
Some experts believe that if there is a break, we may need to go through the holiday in the new year to January to give time for adequate quarantine if people become infected during the holidays. By doing so, this can reduce the number of people in the hospital and prevent congestion.
The CT Restaurant Association recently launched the #SaveCTRestaurants campaign. According to him, more than 600 restaurants have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic. The group wants the indoor dinner to continue a new restaurant grant program.
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