Overview

The following rules posted by the state Department of Economic and Community Development apply to all Connecticut businesses and organizations and are effective March 19, 2021.

Please keep in mind that it is the cumulative effects gained from social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing that will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut and refer to the recommended guidance by sector listed at the bottom of this page for best practices.

Individual establishments should also take additional measures as recommended by industry experts or by common sense applied to their particular situation.

General Recommendations

  • Businesses/organizations should continue to support local public health contact tracing efforts, such as maintaining a log of employees on-premises over time.
  • Employers should continue to encourage employees to stay home when sick and encourage working from home when possible. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, employees shall inform their employers and follow state testing and contact tracing protocols.
  • Businesses have the right to refuse service from customers not wearing masks.
  • Social distance markers, signage, and one-way traffic are still encouraged.
  • In terms of ventilation, facilities should work to increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system where possible, or use window units.
  • Businesses are still encouraged to post clear signage that includes the state hotline (211) for employees and customers to report potential violations of these rules. For additional information, please see Safe Workplace Recommendations for Employers.

All Businesses and Organizations

  • Capacity limits are now up to 100%, subject to social distancing requirements (unless otherwise noted).
  • 6 ft. spacing and social distancing continues to be required where possible (unless otherwise noted).
  • Masks continue to be required in all public settings where social distancing is not possible.
  • All establishments must follow CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting guidelines.

Sports and Gyms/Fitness Centers

  • All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance.
  • Outdoor pools should limit the total number of patrons in the pool area and pool to the number of people/households that can safely fit on the pool deck area while maintaining 6 ft. of distance, including 3 ft. wide walking paths. Youth and amateur swimming teams are subject to DPH guidance.
  • Road race organizers are encouraged to follow the guidance contained in the Outdoor Events Reopen Recommendations below.
  • 6 ft. spacing is still required between gym/fitness center customers, as are masks.

Restaurants and Indoor Recreation

  • 6 ft. spacing or non-porous barrier continue to be required between tables, with an 8-person maximum table capacity.
  • Food Service continues to be required with alcohol service– bars that only serve beverages must remain closed. No standing bar services is allowed outside of private events.
  • All restaurants and indoor recreation continue to be subject to an 11:00 PM closing time.

Movie Theaters and Performing Arts Venues

  • Capacity limit is still up to 50%.
  • 6 ft. spacing is required between parties.
  • All movie theaters and performing arts venues continue to be subject to an 11:00 PM closing time.  

Gatherings

TypeCapacity LimitsNotes
Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes: Commercial Venue (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties)Indoor: Up to 50% capacity (cap of 100 people)
Outdoor: Cap of 200 people
Face masks and social distancing required. Capacity count does not include event staff.
Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes: Private Residences (e.g. weddings, parties)Indoor: Cap of 25 people
Outdoor: Cap of 100 people
Face masks and social distancing required. Capacity count does not include event staff.
GraduationsIndoor: Up to 50% capacity (cap of 100 people)
Outdoor: Limited to the number that can be accommodated safely by location with masks and social distancing required
Face masks and social distancing required.
Religious GatheringsIndoor/Outdoor: Limited to number that can be accommodated safely by location with masks and social distancing requiredFace masks and social distancing required. Click herefor recommendations.Social distancing markers: Install visual social distancing markers to enforce seating arrangement and, by marking seats as use or non-use. Alternatively, engage ushers to guide attendees to seats and enforce seating arrangement.
Outdoor Event Venues (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks)Effective April 2: Up to 50% capacity (cap of 10,000 people)If an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 200-person limit under outdoor private gatherings (see above).

Face masks and social distancing required.
Fairs, Festivals, and CarnivalsUp to 50% of last year's capacityFace masks and social distancing required.
Outdoor Organized Gatherings: Open to the public (e.g. Fireworks, Concert in Municipal Park)Cap of 500 people
6 ft. of space blanket to blanket
Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance
Face masks required except while eating and drinking, and lines clearly marking seating areas must be drawn.

Click here for sample seating layout.

Effective Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open with no capacity limit
  • Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
  • Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity

Reopen Recommendations by Sector

Beginning March 19, 2021, the following documents* should be treated as recommended best practices:

*Effective March 19, the rules included on this webpage supersede any conflicting recommendations included in the Reopen Recommendations by Sector documents linked above.