STAMFORD, CT – Today in response to the growing concern for COVID-19 (commonly referred to as “the coronavirus”), Mayor David Martin announced two orders encouraging social distancing among Stamford residents:
- Private businesses must limit meeting room occupancy by half. This will further limit the number of individuals allowed in an enclosed space as previously determined by Stamford Fire Marshals. This includes all rooms with a designated occupancy limit including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, religious institutions, hotels, etc. For example, a meeting room with a maximum occupancy of 100 people will be restricted to 50 people.
- City staff will suspend approval for special events exceeding 100 attendees.
These orders build off of Governor Lamont’s executive order limiting events exceeding 250 attendees and will remain in place until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Connecticut’s Department of Public Health, and Stamford’s Department of Health declare COVID-19 is no longer an active public health risk.
“It our responsibility to take necessary precautions to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor David Martin. “We do not take this response lightly. As this emerging health emergency unfolds we may need additional restrictions, or we may learn our current restrictions were unnecessary, but we have a responsibility to the public to move in the right direction for public health safety.”
Since the public’s heightened concern for COVID-19, Stamford businesses have reported fewer customers. The City recognizes the economic impact of decreased commerce on the business community during this public health emergency. Even so, these mayoral orders are to ensure all businesses continue to prioritize the public’s health as this situation develops.
The Mayor’s orders will go into effect on Monday, March 16th. The City of Stamford has compiled information, public resources, contact information, and announced closures relating to COVID-19 on the City’s website at: https://www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.