Restaurant Etiquette – What to Expect/(COVID-19 Updates)

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week. All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 43,460 +     221
COVID-19 Associated Deaths   4,038 +       31
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19     350       23
Patients Tested for COVID-19 285,314 +  5,857

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health

                                                                                                               Total Reported

                                                                                                            To Date     Change                Probable

                                                                                                                              from Yesterday     Cases

Local Results           

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        280                 +3                         16

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             62                   0                         1

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link:


Restaurant Etiquette – What to Expect

Across Connecticut, restaurants are beginning to open and offer outdoor dining opportunities.  While it’s wonderful to get a break from cooking or enjoy a meal not eaten out of a takeout container, keep in mind that dining out looks a bit different than it used to as establishments do their best to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19. There are new rules for everyone to follow, patrons included.

The Westport Weston Health District has been fielding a number of questions regarding dining “etiquette”.  Do patrons need to wear a mask?  If so, how exactly does that work?  The simple answer is yes, customers do need to wear a mask or face covering when not seated at their table.  While entering the establishment, walking through the seating area, or using the restroom, wear your mask.  It isn’t necessary to wear a mask when seated at a table where one is eating and drinking. Remember, when you wear a mask you are protecting those around you.  When they wear a mask, they are protecting you. Restaurant owners have the right to refuse service to people who do not conform to these guidelines.

Other tips:

Call ahead – Reservations are encouraged (where available) so that large groups don’t gather as they wait for their table and you can enjoy guaranteed seating.

Be Prepared to Respect Boundaries – Be on time if you do have reservations.  Clustering in the lobby or common area is discouraged.  Some restaurants may have seating time limits.

Social Distance – Be careful when greeting family & friends with hugs and handshakes or approaching other tables to say hello. Social distance has changed the way we should approach physical contact.

Be Patient – We are all navigating our way through the new rules and trying to adapt best practices.  Things may not be as quick or look like they used to.

Support Local Businesses – Area establishments have worked hard to resume operations safely.  Take advantage of the warmer weather, get out, and enjoy all our towns have to offer.