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May 20, 2020

Photos: Downtown Hartford looks mostly empty as CT eases COVID-19 restrictions

HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Bear's Smokehouse BBQ in downtown Harford is among the restaurants participating in the state tourism office's "Drinks Are On Us" promotion.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper A new hand sanitizer station at Center Church.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Traffic was slow Wednesday morning at the intersection of Wells and Lewis streets.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper An overhead look at Main Street in downtown Hartford.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Pratt Street in Hartford.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Cars passing by Connecticut's Old State House at 800 Main St.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Outdoor seating at Subway and Greenway Market.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper Trumbull Kitchen workers were seen setting up outdoor tables and chairs Wednesday morning before the upscale restaurant reopened patio service at 11:30 a.m.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper The Horace Wells statue in Hartford's Bushnell Park wears a mask at the start of the pandemic.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper A surface parking lot in downtown Hartford, 10 Ford St., operated by LAZ Parking.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper A view outside the Connecticut Convention Center.
HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper

A slight increase in I-91 traffic in Hartford could be seen and heard throughout downtown’s central business district Wednesday morning as the Capital City remained eerily quiet amid the start of Connecticut’s phased reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Downtown restaurants such as Bear's Smokehouse BBQ in the Front Street District and Trumbull Kitchen, 150 Trumbull St., were seen Wednesday morning positioning and sanitizing outdoor patio seating ahead of their reopenings at around noon.

Surface and garage parking areas were also largely empty downtown as numerous businesses contacted by Hartford Business Journal this week, including Travelers Cos., Marcum, Infosys and Aetna, either weren’t reopening right away Wednesday, or are doing it gradually over the spring and summer months.

The above photo gallery offers a glimpse of how downtown looked during Wednesday’s reopening.

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