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Connecticut on Wednesday began reopening its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, making it the final state to begin loosening its lockdown restrictions.

Connecticut residents are allowed to shop at retail stores and dine outdoors. However, the state’s hair salons and barbershops won’t reopen until June 1 and guidance from the state government on gyms, nail salons, massage therapy businesses and tattoo parlors reopening will be at a later date.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said his state will undergo a “slow and methodical reopening.”

In the D.C. metropolitan region, Virginia announced ahead of the Memorial Day weekend that Virginia Beach would reopen, though state schools, gyms, movie theaters and other nonessential businesses remain closed. Maryland has lifted its stay-at-home order, but with several restrictions still in place, while D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended her stay-at-home order through June 8.

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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