Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order Tuesday reducing the hurdles restaurants and retail stores need to pass to open outdoor service areas: “The order effectively suspends many of the local zoning rules, hearings and permit applications that normally would govern outdoor commercial activities to help expedite stores’ and restaurants’ ability to create outdoor areas that comply with social distancing rules when they are allowed to begin reopening on May 20.” — Hartford Courant

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