Last Tuesday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order to issue fines for those who attend or host larger gatherings than the state has allowed, or those who do not wear masks in public places, according to Executive Order No. 9B.
The executive order authorizes local and district health directors, as well as police officers and public safety departments of universities, to issue fines for violations specified in the executive order. This executive order comes as Connecticut’s latest legislation created in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A fine of $100 will be issued to those who are found guilty of not maintaining social distancing or not wearing a mask in public places where masks are required, the executive order said.
Those found violating the executive order by hosting gatherings larger than what is legally specified by the DECD Rules for Gatherings and Venues will be charged with a hefty $500 fine, according to the order.
Those who attend the aforementioned gatherings will be met with a $250 fine, the order said.
While the University of Connecticut will be enforcing these new regulations as needed, University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said UConn students have overall been happy to comply with social distancing and mask-wearing regulations on campus.
“People in the UConn community have been overwhelmingly compliant with wearing masks, establishing physical distance between themselves and others, and the other steps needed to help safeguard their health,” Reitz said. “Even in cases when a person may not be wearing a mask in a public place, they’ve quickly put it on when asked by others.”
Based on students’ overwhelming adherence to social distancing guidelines, Reitz said the University has not had any serious issues or violations thus far.
“While of course the University will enforce the Governor’s executive order if needed, there’s been a cooperative team spirit here to having a healthy campus and we haven’t needed to take punitive measures,” Reitz said.