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RE OPEN CT GUIDELINES

  • Updated 11/6/2020

    Connecticut is currently in Phase 2.1: As Connecticut continues taking steps to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19, the state is currently in Phase 2.1 of its reopening plans. It previously had been in Phase 3, however due to a spike in cases statewide, the state rolled back to Phase 2.1, which is a slightly modified version of Phase 2, effective November 6, 2020. Here are all of the rules the apply in Phase 2.1.

    Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know here.

    Holiday Guidance: Connecticut has been a national leader in our COVID-19 response efforts. However, as the country heads into winter, flu season, and into holiday gatherings – the risk of spreading COVID-19 has become higher, and even Connecticut is seeing a spike in cases. For recommendations regarding the upcoming holiday season, click here.

    Masks and Face Coverings: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state's businesses. To make a face covering at home, watch this video from the CDC

    Travel Advisory: A travel advisory is currently in effect for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19. Click here for detailed information on the travel advisory.

    What's Open in CT
    Sector Status Notes
    Amusement parks Open Must follow sector rules
    Bars Closed  
    Beaches (state) Open Must follow safety guidelines
    Beaches (town) Partially Open Check with individual town or review this list from DEEP
    Bowling alleys Open Must follow sector rules
    Construction Open Must follow safe workplace rules
    DMV Partially Open

    - All deadlines for IDs and other credentials extended 180 days [info]
    - In-person services require an appointment
    - Select services can be completed online

    Gyms and Fitness Studios Open Must follow sector rules
    Hair Salons and Barbershops Open Must follow sector rules
    Hotels Open Must follow sector rules
    Libraries Open Must follow sector rules
    Nail salons Open Must follow sector rules
    Manufacturing Open Must follow safe workplace rules
    Museums and zoos Open Must follow sector rules
    Offices Open Must follow sector rules
    Retail Open Must follow sector rules
    Restaurants Open Must follow sector rules
    School (PreK-12, summer) Open Must follow summer school rules
    State Campgrounds Open All campers must make reservations in advance
    State Parks Open Must follow safety guidelines
    Summer camps Open Must follow sector rules
    Spas Open Must follow sector rules
    Tattoo Parlors Open Must follow sector rules
    Theaters Open Must follow sector rules

    ** Effective November 23, 2020,  all team sporting activities (except for collegiate and professional) are paused until January 19, 2021.  Teams that view themselves as professional must obtain approval from DECD.  Click here for additional team sports guidance. ** 

    Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6.  A comparison of Phases 2, 2.1 and 3 rules can be found below.

    Also effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6th, the following business sectors will be subject to a 10:00 p.m. closing time 7 days per week.

    • Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 9:30 p.m., although takeout and delivery may continue)
      • 24-hour diners may reopen for indoor dining for breakfast at 5:00 a.m.
    • Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)
    • Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues 

    Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 65 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.

    Phase Comparisons

    Industry

    Phase 2

    Phase 3

    Phase 2.1 - Effective 11/6/20

    Restaurants

    Up to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers

    Up to 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers

    Up to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers

    Max of 8 people/table

     

    Personal Services

    Up to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers

    Up to 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers

    See Phase 3 rules

    Libraries

    Up to 50% capacity indoors

    Up to 75% capacity indoors

    See Phase 3 rules

    Outdoor Event Venues (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks)

    Up to 25% with social distancing and masks required

    Up to 50% with social distancing and masks required

    Up to 25% with social distancing and masks required

    Indoor Performing Arts Theaters

    Closed

    Up to 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between parties

    Up to 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between parties, capped at 100 people

    Indoor Recreation

    Up to 50% with social distancing and masks required

    Up to 50% with social distancing and masks required

    Up to 50% with social distancing and masks required, movie theaters and similar entertainment venues capped at 100 people

     

    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Commercial Venue

    Indoor – Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 100 people

    Indoor – Up to 50% capacity, capped at 100 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 150 people

    Indoor – Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 50 people

     

    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Private Residences

    Indoor -– Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 100 people

    Indoor – Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 150 people

    Indoor – Cap of 10 people

    Outdoor  Cap of 10 people             

    Graduations

    Indoor – Not allowed

    Outdoor – One time exemption capped at 150 people with masks and social distancing required

    Indoor – Up to 50% capacity, capped at 200 with masks and social distancing required

    Outdoor – Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit with masks and social distancing required

    Indoor  Up to 50% capacity, capped at 100 with masks and social distancing required

    Outdoor – See Phase 3 rules

    Religious Gatherings

    Indoor – Up to 25% capacity capped at 100 people

    Outdoor – Capped at 150 people

     

    Indoor – Up to 50% capacity, capped at 200 with masks and social distancing required

    Outdoor – Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit with masks and social distancing required

    Indoor  Up to 50% capacity, capped at 100 with masks and social distancing required

    Outdoor – See Phase 3 rules


    Phase 2.1 Reopen Rules by Sector
     
    (effective 12:01 a.m. Nov. 6, 2020) 

    • Amusement Parks  english (12/11/20)
    • Film/Television/Digital Media Production   english 
    • Hair Salons & Barbershops                                english (12/11/20)   
    • Hotels / Lodging english (12/11/20) 
    • Indoor Events / Performing Arts Venuesenglish (12/11/20) 
    • Indoor Recreation english (12/11/20) 
    • Librariesenglish (12/11/20) 
    • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariumsenglish (12/11/20) 
    • Officesenglish (12/11/20) 
    • Outdoor Events english (12/11/20)
    • Personal Services  english (12/11/20) 
    • Restaurants  english (12/11/20)
    • Retail & Mallsenglish (12/11/20) 
    • Senior Centers english (12/11/20) 
    • Sports / fitness facilities (gyms, pools, etc.) english (12/11/20)

    Social Clubs to follow all rules applicable to their operation (e.g. Restaurant, Pool).

    Driving Schools to follow Office rules (see above).  For on-road training, there can be two-people per car, both must wear masks, windows must be rolled down, and thorough cleanings are required between customers.

    Short-term housing rentals are recommended to follow hotels/lodging rules above.

    Gatherings
    Type Capacity Limits Notes
    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes 
    Commercial Venue (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties)

    Indoor – Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 50 people

    Face masks and social distancing required
    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes 
    – Private Residences
    (e.g. weddings, parties)

    Indoor – Cap of 10 people

     

    Outdoor  Cap of 10 people

    Face masks and social distancing required
    Graduations Indoor – Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 100

    Outdoor – Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit

    Face masks and social distancing required
    Religious Gatherings Indoor – Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 100

    Outdoor – Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit

    Face masks and social distancing required. Click here for guidelines.
    Outdoor Event Venues
    (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks)
    Up to 25% If an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 50-person limit under outdoor private gatherings (see above)

    Face masks and social distancing required
    Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals Up to 25% of last year's attendance Face masks and social distancing required
     Outdoor Organized Gatherings 

    – Open to the public (e.g. Fireworks, Concert in Municipal Park)

    Cap of 500 people. 
    – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket

    Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.
    For events that cannot accommodate the 15 foot requirement:
    – 6 feet of space may be used, but customers must be masked except while eating and drinking, and lines clearly marking seating areas must be drawn. 

    Click here for sample seating layout.

    General Business Rules

    General business rules shall only apply to University Research and Outdoor Recreation activities (defined below). 

    • General Business Rules  (12/11/2020)
    • University Research
    • Outdoor Recreation activities are defined as the following:
      • Equestrian (subject to Dept. of Agriculture guidance)
      • Mountain Biking 
      • Camping
      • Head, Party, and Tour Boats (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
      • Charter Fishing (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
      • Sport Fishing (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
      • Go Kart Race Tracks
      • Rock Climbing Walls
      • Golf
      • Driving Ranges
      • Tennis/Paddleball/Pickleball
      • Group Training (up to 4 people), outdoors maintain 6 feet
      • Race Tracks 
      • Campgrounds - follow all rules applicable to their operation (e.g. Retail, Pool)
      • Outdoor Shooting Range
      • Kayaking, Sailing, Canoeing and Stand-up Paddleboarding
      • Dirt Biking 
      • Mini Golf
      • Batting Cages
      • Archery
      • Rope Courses
      • Ziplines
      • Volleyball (2 vs. 2 only)
      • Elm City Party Bike (with barrier between employees and riders)
      • Outdoor Skating Rinks and Hockey must follow rules for sports and fitness facilities (see above).

      • Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing
      • Running
     
Announcement Date: 
Monday, May 11, 2020