Places Are Starting To Open Up In Stonington

Story by Carli LoPresto, Staff Writer

Due to this pandemic, most restaurants are having a late start to summer dining. Some of these places are offering dine in; Noah’s, Oyster Club, 99’s, Dog Watch Cafe, Kelley’s Deli and more. Some barber shops are also opening like Head to Toe Salon in Westerly, Gervasini’s Barber Shop, Don’s Barber Lounge, and more.

Previously Lamont said barbershops and salons could reopen on May 20th with many other nonessential businesses but he pushed that date to June 1st. Lamont said each individual businesses are not required to open if they do not choose but if they do they have to follow the rules as ordered.

The next phase 2 reopening dates are June 20th. Phase 2 includes amusement parks, hotels, moor indoor dining, indoor museums, zoos and aquariums, indoor recreation, libraries, personal services like nail salons, and tattoo parlors, and sports and fitness facilities like fitness centers and pools.

Phase 3 according to Lamont would come at a later date in the summer, maybe July. These include; bars, indoor event spaces and venues, indoor amusement parks and arcades, outdoor events up to 100 people. Lamont believes that it is a bad idea to open casinos.

In addition to businesses, Lamont plans to restart some education programs in Phase 2 such as youth sports, summer camps, libraries, workforce programs, summer school, graduate programs, and more all either opening from June 20th the earliest to August the latest.