Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules—a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules—effective 12:01 am Friday, Nov. 6. 

Also effective 12:01 am Nov. 6, the following business sectors will be subject to a 10 pm closing time seven days per week.

  • Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 9:30 pm, although takeout and delivery may continue)
  • Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)
  • Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues

Events previously scheduled to take place prior to Nov. 9 may still take place in accordance with the phase rules that were in place in their municipality prior to the announcement of Phase 2.1.  Please see here for a list of municipalities who have reverted to Phase 2 election.

Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 65 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.

All businesses subject to reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening. See a searchable list of businesses that have self-certified. 

Phase Comparisons

IndustryPhase 2Phase 3Phase 2.1 (effective 11.6.20)
RestaurantsUp to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriersUp to 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriersUp to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers
Max of 8 people/table 
Personal ServicesUp to 50% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriersUp to 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriersSee Phase 3 rules
LibrariesUp to 50% capacity indoorsUp to 75% capacity indoorsSee Phase 3 rules
Outdoor Event Venues (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks)Up to 25% with social distancing and masks requiredUp to 50% with social distancing and masks requiredUp to 25% with social distancing and masks required
Indoor Performing Arts TheatersClosedUp to 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between partiesUp to 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between parties, capped at 100 people
Indoor RecreationUp to 50% with social distancing and masks requiredUp to 50% with social distancing and masks requiredUp to 50% with social distancing and masks required, movie theaters, and similar entertainment venues capped at 100 people 
Private, Social, and Recreational Gathering Sizes (Commercial Venue)Indoor: Cap of 25 people
Outdoor: Cap of 100 people
Indoor: Up to 50% capacity, capped at 100 people
Outdoor: Cap of 150 people
Indoor: Cap of 25 people
Outdoor: Cap of 50 people 
Private, Social, and Recreational Gathering Sizes (Private Residences)Indoor: Cap of 25 people
Outdoor: Cap of 100 people
Indoor: Cap of 25 people
Outdoor: Cap of 150 people
Indoor: Cap of 10 people
Outdoor: Cap of 10 people             
GraduationsIndoor: Not allowed
Outdoor: One time exemption capped at 150 people with masks and social distancing required
Indoor: Up to 50% capacity, capped at 200 with masks and social distancing required
Outdoor: Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit with masks and social distancing required
Indoor: Up to 50% capacity, capped at 100 with masks and social distancing required
Outdoor: See Phase 3 rules
Religious GatheringsIndoor: Up to 25% capacity capped at 100 people
Outdoor: Capped at 150 people 
Indoor: Up to 50% capacity, capped at 200 with masks and social distancing required
Outdoor: Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit with masks and social distancing required