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COVID-19 Connecticut Rules Released for Phase 2 Reopening June 17

Publisher: Day Pitney Advisory
June 10, 2020
Day Pitney Author(s) Susan R. Huntington Richard D. Harris

On June 6, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released the sector-specific rules for the Phase 2 entities that can reopen on June 17, including:

  • Amusement parks
  • Hotels/lodging establishments
  • Restaurants
  • Museums/zoos/aquariums
  • Indoor recreation (e.g., bowling alleys, movie theaters)
  • Libraries
  • Outdoor events (no specific number of people, but must maintain six feet of social distance)
  • Personal services (spas, nail salons, tattoo parlors)
  • Sports and fitness centers (gyms, fitness centers, pools)

DECD issued separate rules for each sector, but there are many common elements, including:

  • Capacity limit of 50 percent for most businesses that reopen.
  • Maintenance of six-foot social distance except for family members.
  • Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols required in all settings.
  • Those who can work from home should continue to do so.
  • Those in high-risk groups (comorbidities) and over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.
  • Face masks should continue to be worn in public at all times.
  • Reopened businesses must self-certify compliance with the rules that are applicable to their type of business.

Last, DECD provided additional general guidance as follows:

  • Social clubs must follow all rules applicable to their operation (e.g., restaurant or pool).
  • Driving schools must follow office rules for the classroom and allow only two people in a car, wearing masks and with windows rolled down.
  • Short-term housing rentals must follow hotel/lodging rules.
  • Professional sporting events require DECD approval.

As always, businesses covered by the reopening rules are allowed to make their own choice on when they reopen. However, when a business reopens, it must comply with the DECD rules applicable to its type of business.

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