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Executive Order prohibits gatherings

West Hartford Joins Regional Municipalities In Prohibiting Gatherings Of More Than Ten People

WEST HARTFORD, CONN (March 19, 2020) Today Town Manager Matt Hart announced 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. 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 take effect March 20, 2020 and will be enforced by the West Hartford Police Department.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance that all events of ten or more people should be cancelled. The emergency order runs through April 30, 2020, but may be modified, extended, or terminated at any time.

Mayor Shari 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.”

Town Manager Matt 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.”

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