WEST HARTFORD — Town Manager Matt Hart announced recently that pursuant to Mayor Shari Cantor’s recent Emergency Declaration, he is issuing an Executive Order to prohibit social and recreational gatherings of more than ten people, in accordance with Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders. The social and recreational activities include, but are not limited to: community, civic, and sporting events; plays or live performances; and religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings. Several other municipalities in the region have issued similar orders. The Town Manager’s order will took effect March 20, and will be enforced by the West Hartford Police Department said an email from Hart.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance that all events of ten or more people should be canceled. The emergency order runs through April 30, but may be modified, extended, or terminated at any time.
Cantor stated: “Each day the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly in Connecticut and it is undoubtedly here in West Hartford. This executive order is a life-saving measure as we have to take every precaution available to us to slow the spread of this deadly disease. I call upon all members of the West Hartford community to do everything in their power to assist us in this effort.”
Hart stated: “Consistent with CDC guidance, I am issuing this emergency order to emphasize that everyone must minimize contact with others if we are going to be successful in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. We will use this emergency order to direct people to stop congregating in groups of more than ten, as we do everything possible to get the word out about the importance of social distancing. We realize that this a significant step to take but believe that it is fully warranted given the magnitude of the public health crisis that we are facing.”