The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development issued revised COVID-19 operating guidelines for businesses July 23.

The changes impact businesses allowed to reopen as part of the state's phased reopening process that took effect May 20, June 17, and July 3.

Essential employers are still covered by the Connecticut Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers, last revised April 21.

The changes to sector rules for offices, personal services, hair salons and barbershops, retail, and libraries include:

  • Non-essential businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask. 
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended the business implement a 24-hour passive decontamination and follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • For bathrooms, the posting of signage encouraging reduced capacity and reminding individuals to wash hands and wear masks is suggested.

Under the revised guidance for restaurants, servers are no longer required to wear gloves and indoor performances—not including musical vocalists— are allowed.

Hotels can now provide non-essential services an amenities such as ice machines and valets.

There are also revisions to the sector rules for indoor recreation and outdoor events.

The changes take immediate effect.

Businesses and non-profits that have already completed the self-certification process are not required to re-register with DECD, but must comply with new sector rules.