On May 9, the state Department of Economic and Community Development released the following industry sector-specific guidelines for businesses permitted to reopen May 20.
All businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to May 20 through the state's online certification system.
The May 20 phase one reopening guidelines are based on a set of safeguards, with strict controls on business operations and social interaction. These include, among other measures:
- Capacity limit of 50% for businesses that reopen
- Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols 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
- Social gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of five people
The state will monitor progress based on defined public health metrics, with safeguards and controls loosened based on that progress.
If efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus are successful, additional businesses will be permitted to open and additional leeway given to those already allowed to operate.
This process is expected to continue through September, 2020.
Businesses deemed essential by the state that have been allowed to remain open must follow the Connecticut Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers.
Those rules largely mirror the reopening guidelines—including requiring masks or face coverings. Essential employers are not limited to 50% onsite employee capacity.
Individual Sector Guidelines
- Hair Salons and Barbershops (delayed until June)
- Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only)
- Restaurants (Outdoor Only)
- Retail and Malls
Individual Sector Guidelines (Espanol)
- Peluquerías y Barberías (retrasado hasta junio)
- Museos y Zoológicos
- Tiendas Retail y Centros Comerciales