The Connecticut Department of Public Health released guidance May 19 designed to provide a better understanding of the state's recently modified mask and face covering policies that took effect the same day.

The guidance is based on Gov. Ned Lamont's Executive Order No. 12 that was issued May 18. That order repealed Executive Order No. 7NNN, issued August 14, 2020.

It includes the following:

  • From May 19, any person while indoors in a public place who does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person and who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering.
  • A person shall be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final recommended dose of a vaccine approved for use against COVID-19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or as otherwise defined by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Everyone must use masks or cloth face coverings, unless medically exempted or while eating or drinking. in any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service, commercial aircraft, or any means of mass public transit, or while within any airport, bus or train station, enclosed transit stop or waiting area, homeless shelter or correctional facility.
  • Businesses, organizations, property owners, healthcare facilities, and state and local agencies may require masks in settings under their ownership or control, including, but not limited to, healthcare facilities, offices, places of public accommodation, public venues, or public meetings.