Do I have to wear a mask in public?

NOTE: As of February 28, 2022, Connecticut mask mandates are now relaxed throughout the state, including schools. It is now up to local governments and private businesses to decide whether or not to have their own mask mandates.  

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

For the general public, in both indoor and outdoor areas, Connecticut does not require wearing face coverings or masks. Individuals can still choose to do so. 

Schools in CT

As of February 28, 2022, the state does not require masks for childcare centers and PreK-12 schools This includes:

  • indoor areas in PreK public school buildings
  • indoor areas within private school buildings
  • indoor areas within residential dorms

However, individuals can still choose to wear masks and face coverings as an option. Now, it is up to school administrators and decision makers to decide on instituting mask mandates for individual campuses and childcare centers.

Where Are Masks Required in Connecticut?

Masks must be worn in the following settings (regardless of vaccination status):

1. Schools that require masks mandates

2. Healthcare settings (workers and non-workers)

3. Homeless shelters

4. Private businesses with their own mask mandates

5. CT state government departments that require masks inside specific buildings

6. Local CT government departments that require masks inside specific buildings

Also federal government requires wearing masks while using public transit. 

Read more about the latest Connecticut state guidance during COVID-19

Further Reading

Connecticut Data Tracker

How do I get the COVID vaccine in Connecticut?

Latest COVID-19 Guidance for Connecticut residents and workers