Connecticut Senate approves 13-month extension of outdoor dining measure at restaurants


The Connecticut Senate has unanimously approved a bill that extends the right of restaurants to offer outdoor dining for 13 months.

The bill, House Bill 5271, passed last week by a vote of 121 to 21. It expands on an executive order authorized by Governor Ned Lamont during the Covid-19 pandemic that was due to expire on 31 March. The governor said he would sign the bill.

Scott Dolch, president of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, hailed the Senate vote as “a timely and much-needed step that will help Connecticut’s restaurant industry as it continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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Phil Hall’s writing for Westfair Communications has won numerous Connecticut Press Club and Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release “Moby Dick: The Radio Play” and the upcoming “Jesus Christ Movie Star”, both published by BearManor Media ). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show”, co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport, and Outside of journalism, he’s also a horror movie actor – usually playing the creepy villain who is gravely killed off at the end of each movie.


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