Do I have to wear a mask in public?

NOTE: The mandatory wearing of masks in public has been reinstated in certain municipalities based on an executive order issued by Governor Lamont in August 2021. If you're planning to visit other towns, we advise you to check those town websites to verify the current status of face coverings. Masks wearing can also be enforced by individual businesses, so please be sure to check with those businesses before visiting.


These general safety protocols regarding use of face masks are currently in effect:

Outdoors: Masks are not required to be worn by anyone.

Indoors: Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks.

Some businesses, state and local government offices, and certain events, may still require universal masking.

Masks will still be required in healthcare facilities, facilities serving vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare. 

NOTE: If you decline to wear a mask or face covering as described above due to a medical condition, you are not required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.

Governor Ned Lamont shared a new guidance document with Connecticut businesses and the public to give a better understanding of the state’s recently modified face mask policies that went into effect in May 2021. You can read the guidance document here.