The state Department of Economic and Community Development has released guidelines for businesses allowed to reopen or expand operations beginning October 8—the scaled back phase three of Connecticut's staged reopening.

The sector-specific rules include detailed information and requirements about physical distancing, facility capacity, hygiene, sanitizing, signage, personal protective equipment, scheduling, training, and more.

Businesses and nonprofits planning to reopen from June 8 must visit Connecticut's self-certification website to certify compliance with reopening rules for their sector.

Businesses that self-certified in either phase one or phase two do not need to re-certify for phase three.

Phase Three Reopening Rules by Sector

  • Indoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties): 50% capacity, capped at 100 people (including front of house staff)
    • Note: Gatherings at private residences are capped at 25
  • Outdoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, reunions, parties): capped at 150 people
  • Graduations: 50% capacity capped at 200 people with social distancing and masks required
  • Religious gatherings: 50% capacity capped at 200 people with social distancing and masks required.
  • Restaurants: 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers
  • Personal Services: 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers
  • Libraries: 75% capacity indoors
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks): 50% capacity with social distancing and masks required
    • Note: If an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 150-person limit under outdoor private gatherings
  • Indoor performing arts venues: 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between parties