Connecticut residents now have to show a doctor's note to go mask-free in public, according to an executive order signed by Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz on Friday. The note must show that they are exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition.
The rule went into effect on August 14 and will remain in effect for six months. The state did not previously require residents to show proof that they are medically exempt from wearing a mask.
Connecticut has required residents 2 years old and older to wear a mask in public spaces since April 20.
The sate currently has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 4,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.