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Lifting restrictions may not create stampede back to offices

March 7, 2021 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Not all Connecticut businesses are planning to rush back into their offices following Gov. Ned Lamont’s decision to lift restrictions on offices.

Many business leaders say they expect a slower reentry now that many office workers have spent nearly a year working remotely.

David Griggs, president and chief executive of the MetroHartford Alliance, an economic development group, told the Hartford Courant that he sees more companies opting for a hybrid working life with some time in the office and some time spent working remotely.

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“You’re going to see it trickle back in, and it’s going to be slow,” Griggs told the newspaper.

Lamont also announced dramatic rollbacks on other restrictions Thursday, covering restaurants, stores, houses of worship, gyms and others that will be allowed to go back to full capacity on March 19. Masks and social distancing protocols will still be required, which could put a pause on many workers returning to their offices right away.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin told the newspaper he doesn’t expect significant change in downtown offices until the summer or fall. Meanwhile, he will focus on creating opportunities for outdoor activity in the warmer months.

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PARTY HOSTS CITED

Three people received tickets after they hosted a party with more than 100 people Saturday night near the University of Connecticut campus, state police said.

State police said they received reports of a loud party in Mansfield, about a mile from the campus. They arrived to find 150 to 200 students leaving a home and not wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines.

Connecticut currently limits private gatherings in homes to 10 people or fewer.

“No PPE, such as mask wearing, or social distancing were adhered to during this large party,” state police said.

The three people who received tickets for violating a state executive order were renting the house, state police said.