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What are the rules for Phase 3 reopening in CT?

Phase 3 Reopening Begins October 8

Phase 3 represents the latest stage of the Governor's reopening plan for Connecticut. There are very specific rules that will take place during this phase.

Note: Executive Order No. 9G will allow executives of certain municipalities to revert to the more restrictive "Phase 2" rules for businesses and gatherings if those towns are presenting a high COVID infection rate (as identified by the CT Department of Public Health).

Please refer to the full executive order for details.

Phase 3 business changes include:

  • Restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries: Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors.
    NOTE: This is subject to COVID-19 safety requirements

  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.): Increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity.
    NOTE: This is dependent on the use of masks and social distancing requirements

  • Indoor performing arts venues: These locales will be able to open at 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements in place

  • Bars and nightclubs: These businesses will continue to remain closed.

In addition, Phase 3 will see new changes applied to the size of GATHERINGS:


Indoor

Outdoor


Phase 3

Current

Phase 3

Current

Private,
Social,
Recreational

Occurs at commercial establishment / places of business: 50% capacity, capped at 100 people

Occurs at private residence: 25 people

Capped at 25 people

Capped at 150 people

Capped at 100 people

Graduations

50% capacity, capped at 200

Masks and social distancing required

Not allowed

50% capacity of 6-foot spacing, no cap. Masks and social distancing

One-time exemption capped at 150

Masks and distancing

Religious

50% capacity, capped at 200

Masks and social distancing required

25% capacity, capped at 100 people

50% capacity and 6-foot spacing, no cap. Masks and social distancing

Capped at 150 people

 

For all the latest business reopening rules, be sure to visit the Business Sector Rules and Certification page.