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The governor's executive order was set to expire on March 31.
80% say their restaurants are less profitable now versus pre-pandemic era.
“I’m telling restaurateurs that their job is still survival,” Connecticut Restaurant Association President and CEO Scott Dolch says. “The next six months are going to be critical."
The Delta variant dampened indoor dining at 88% of restaurants in the state, according to the report.
"The harsh reality is that it’s getting harder trying to balance rising costs” with revenue, says Connecticut Restaurant Association Executive Director Scott Dolch.
Health and fitness clubs, groceries -- and even a few restaurants -- are opening even in the face of the Delta variant.
If the bill is passed, Connecticut would become only the second state to have such legislation.
The #CTDrinksOnUs campaign features participating Connecticut restaurants offering a complimentary drink to vaccinated patrons who order food.
According to the latest data, about 98,000 employees are back to working in Connecticut's hospitality sector – something that usually employs around 150,000.
“We’re going to be outside on May 1, and outside gives us some confidence a little like last year," Gov. Ned Lamont said.
Employers currently are solely responsible for repaying the $700 million that the state borrowed from the federal government to pay pandemic-related unemployment compensation benefits. With interest, they said, that sum could rise to $1 billion.
The bill allows cities and towns to loosen zoning rules and other regulations to help restaurants through March 31, 2022.
“We started about a year and a half ago,” Demetrius Glover, owner of wellness and community-building event company SolHaus in Stamford, said, “so with Covid, doing meditation and live entertainment at company events became difficult.”
“These relaxed rules could be the start of a new Connecticut tradition that increases activity in our towns,” Gov. Ned Lamont remarked.