COVID-19: State Reports 15 More New Canaan Cases Over Weekend

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A "COVID-19 Mandatory Mask Zone" sign near Elm Street and South Avenue in New Canaan, on Oct. 21, 2020. Credit: Michael Dinan

State officials reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for New Canaan over the weekend.

The cumulative total for the town rose from 416 to 431, according to data released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health Friday and Monday. The town also now has 32 probable cases of coronavirus disease, according to the DPH.

The figures come as New Canaan’s first selectman reports that New Canaan last week saw 50 new positive cases. In a town-wide outcall Monday, Kevin Moynihan asked the community to “please do your part in controlling the spread by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance.”
“As a reminder all of downtown New Canaan is a required mask zone and with the holiday shopping season underway we appreciate the cooperation of all residents and businesses in complying with the mask zone requirements,” Moynihan said.

The town last month created the mandatory mask zone downtown and earlier this month underwent “ticket training” with the state. Under an order from Gov. Ned Lamont, municipal officials can impose $100 fines for those failing to wear a mask when within six feet of another person, including outside (among other triggers for fines, covering large events and gatherings).

The town has not issued any tickets or fines yet, Moynihan told 

“We have overall very good mask compliance around town and especially downtown,” Moynihan said in an email response to an inquiry about fines for those violating mask-wearing rules downtown. “The town is more likely to issue tickets/fines for gatherings exceeding the number of attendees permitted or to close a restaurant that violated the Sector Rules. We are participating in State training on enforcement methods regarding the Governor’s orders.”

The Police Commission during a regular meeting Nov. 18 voted 3-0 to extend changes to sidewalk and parking configurations on Main, Elm and Forest Streets that give restaurants more outdoor dining space amid the pandemic.

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