All businesses subject to the Phase 1, 2 and 3 reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening.
NOTE: If you already self-certified your business during Phase 1 or 2, your business will NOT need to certify again during Phase 3.
Visit here for a searchable list of businesses that have self-certified.
Phase 3 Reopen Rules by Sector (for October 8 opening)
- Indoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties) – 50% capacity, capped at 100 people (including front of house staff) – See rules below
- Note: Gatherings at private residences are capped at 25
- Outdoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, reunions, parties) – capped at 150 people – See rules below
- 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. Click here for guidelines.
- Restaurants – 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers – See rules below
- Personal Services – 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers – See rules below
- 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 (see above)
- Indoor Performing Arts Venues – 50% capacity with 6 ft spacing between parties – See rules below
Note: Executive Order No. 9G allows municipalities to revert to the more restrictive Phase 2 size and capacity limitations and rules for certain businesses and gatherings. A comparison of Phase 2 and Phase 3 rules can be found here. Please see here for a list of municipalities who have made a Phase 2/Phase 3 election under EO 9G.
Phase 2 Reopen Rules by Sector (for June 17 opening)
- Senior Centers (takes effect Sept. 1) english / espanol
- Amusement Parks (updated 8/14) english
- Hotels / Lodging (updated 8/14) english
- Restaurants (updated 10/29) english
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums (updated 8/14) english
- Indoor recreation (updated 8/14) english
- Libraries (updated 10/8) english
- Outdoor events (updated 9/24) english
- Indoor Events and Performing Arts Venues (updated 10/8) english
- Personal services (updated 10/8) english
- Sports and fitness facilities (e.g., gyms, fitness centers, pools, etc.) english
- Film, Television and Digital Media Production english
Social Clubs to follow all rules applicable to their operation (e.g. Restaurant, Pool).
Driving Schools to follow Office rules (see below). For on-road training, there can be two-people per car, both must wear masks, windows must be rolled down, and thorough cleanings are required between customers.
Short-term housing rentals are recommended to follow hotels/lodging rules above.
Rules for Gatherings and Venues (must follow indoor or outdoor event rules)
Effective July 24
- Fairs, festivals and carnivals - 25% of last year's attendance
Effective July 3rd
- Indoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties) – 25 people (including staff)
- Outdoor private gatherings (e.g. weddings, reunions, parties) – 100 people (including staff), one-time exception for graduations @ 150 people
- Outdoor organized gatherings open to the public (e.g. Fireworks, Concert in Municipal Park) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, cap of 500 people. Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.
- For events that cannot accommodate the 15 foot requirement, 6 feet of space may be used but customers must be masked except while eating and drinking and lines clearly marking seating areas must be drawn. Click here for sample seating layout.
- Outdoor Event Venues (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks) - 25% of Fire Capacity and distancing
- Note: if an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 100-person limit under outdoor private gatherings (see above)
Phase 1 Reopen Rules by Sector
Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7PP repeals several previously enacted executive orders to allow for the safe reopening of certain sectors of the economy on May 20, including for the reopening of outdoor dining, offices, retail and malls, museums and zoos, university research and outdoor recreation businesses. The Department of Economic and Community Development shall issue a list of business types permitted to reopen, which may be amended from time to time and shall be incorporated in the Sector Rules.
General Business Rules
As of May 19, 2020, general business rules shall only apply to University Research and Outdoor Recreation activities (defined below).
- General Business Rules (updated 8/14)
- University Research
- Outdoor Recreation activities are defined as the following:
- Equestrian (subject to Dept. of Agriculture guidance)
- Mountain Biking
- Head, Party, and Tour Boats (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
- Charter Fishing (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
- Sport Fishing (50% capacity or one passenger/family per six feet of rail space)
- Go Kart Race Tracks
- Rock Climbing Walls
- Driving Ranges
- Group Training (up to 100 people), outdoors maintain 6 feet
- Race Tracks
- Campgrounds - follow all rules applicable to their operation (e.g. Retail, Pool)
- Outdoor Shooting Range
- Kayaking, Sailing, Canoeing and Stand-up Paddleboarding
- Dirt Biking
- Mini Golf
- Batting Cages
- Rope Courses
- Volleyball (2 vs. 2 only)
- Elm City Party Bike (with barrier between employees and riders)
- Outdoor Skating Rinks (50% capacity for free skating sessions and lessons). Hockey must follow rules for sports and fitness facilities (see above).
- Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing
Downloadable Guidelines by Sector
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