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  • Updated 03/22/2021

    Re-Open CT Guidelines: ** The following rules apply to all Connecticut businesses and organizations and are effective March 19, 2021. Please keep in mind that it is the cumulative effects gained from social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing that will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut and refer to the recommended guidance by sector listed at the bottom of this page for best practices. Individual establishments should also take additional measures as recommended by industry experts or by common sense applied to their particular situation.


    General Recommendations

    Businesses/organizations should continue to support local public health contact tracing efforts, such as maintaining a log of employees on-premises over time.

    Employers should continue to encourage employees to stay home when sick and encourage working from home when possible. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, employees shall inform their employers and follow state testing and contact tracing protocols.

    Businesses have the right to refuse service from customers not wearing masks.

    Social distance markers, signage, and one-way traffic are still encouraged.

    In terms of ventilation, facilities should work to increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system where possible, or use window units.

    Businesses are still encouraged to post clear signage that includes the state hotline (211) for employees and customers to report potential violations of these rules. For additional information, please see Safe Workplace Recommendations for Employers.


    Effective Friday, March 19, 2021

    All Businesses/Organizations

    Capacity limits are now up to 100%, subject to social distancing requirements (unless otherwise noted). However, it is the right of the operator/owner if they choose to operate below 100% capacity.

    6 ft. spacing and social distancing continues to be required where possible (unless otherwise noted).

    Masks continue to be required in all public settings where social distancing is not possible.

    All establishments must follow CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting guidelines.

    Performers and musical vocalists at restaurants, outdoor and indoor events, and performing arts venues are allowed, subject to the following:

    • 12 ft. spacing or more from the nearest person dining or working (for example, workstations or walking paths used by employees must be included in the 12 ft. distancing).
    • To maximize the protection of their patrons and employees, businesses/organizations are strongly encouraged to require performers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) within 72 hours prior to performing.

    Sports and Gyms/Fitness Centers

    All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance.

    Indoor and outdoor pools should limit the total number of patrons in the pool area and pool to the number of people/households that can safely fit on the pool deck area while maintaining 6 ft. of distance, including 3 ft. wide walking paths. "Free swim,” where individuals are not engaged in lap swimming, swim lessons, water aerobics, or other similar organized water activities, is discouraged prior to April 20. Youth and amateur swimming teams are subject to DPH guidance.

    Road race organizers are encouraged to follow the guidance contained in the Outdoor Events Reopen Recommendations below.

    6 ft. spacing is still required between gym/fitness center customers, as are masks.

    Restaurants & Indoor Recreation

    6 ft. spacing or non-porous barrier continue to be required between tables, with an 8-person maximum table capacity.

    Food Service continues to be required with alcohol service– bars that only serve beverages must remain closed. No standing bar services is allowed outside of private events.

    All restaurants and indoor recreation continue to be subject to an 11:00 PM closing time.

    Movie Theaters and Performing Arts Venues

    Capacity limit is still up to 50%.

    6 ft. spacing is required between parties.

    All movie theaters and performing arts venues continue to be subject to an 11:00 PM closing time.  




    Capacity Limits


    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Commercial Venue (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties)

    Indoor – Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 100 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 200 people

    Face masks and social distancing required. Capacity count does not include event staff.

    Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Private Residences (e.g. weddings, parties)

    Indoor – Cap of 25 people

    Outdoor – Cap of 100 people

    Face masks and social distancing required. Capacity count does not include event staff.


    Indoor – Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 100 people

    Outdoor – Limited to the number that can be accommodated safely by location with masks and social distancing required.

    Face masks and social distancing required.

    Religious Gatherings

    Indoor/Outdoor – Limited to number that can be accommodated safely by location with masks and social distancing required.

    Face masks and social distancing required. Click herefor recommendations.

    Social distancing markers: Install visual social distancing markers to enforce seating arrangement and, by marking seats as use or non-use. Alternatively, engage ushers to guide attendees to seats and enforce seating arrangement.

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

    Effective April 2:

    Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 10,000 people

    If an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 200-person limit under outdoor private gatherings (see above).

    Face masks and social distancing required.

    Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals

    Up to 50% of last year's capacity.

    Face masks and social distancing required.

    Outdoor Organized Gatherings

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

    Cap of 500 people.6 ft. of space blanket to blanket

    Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.

    Face masks required except while eating and drinking, and lines clearly marking seating areas must be drawn.

    Click herefor sample seating layout.


    Effective Friday, April 2, 2021

    Outdoor amusement parks can open with no capacity limit.

    Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people.

    Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity.


    Reopen Recommendations by Sector*

    Beginning March 19, 2021, the following documents should be treated as recommended best practices:

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

    *Effective March 19, the rules included on this webpage supersede any conflicting recommendations included in the “Reopen Recommendations by Sector” documents linked above.

  • Sector rules in effect throughout Connecticut: As Connecticut continues taking steps to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19, the state has established specific rules for various sectors to keep people safe. Here are all of the rules currently in effect that apply for each sector.

    Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know 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: Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut. Click here for detailed information on traveling.

    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) 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
Announcement Date: 
Monday, May 11, 2020