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Sector Rules and Certification for May 20th Reopen



Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system can be accessed here.

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  (Espanol - reglas generales para las empresas)
  • University Research
  • Outdoor Recreation activities are defined as the following:
    • Equestrian (subject to Dept. of Agriculture guidance)
    • Mountain Biking 
    • Camping
    • Boat Tours (subject to 5 passengers)
    • Charter Fishing (subject to 5 passengers)
    • Sport Fishing (subject to 5 passengers)
    • Go Kart Race Tracks, practice only (bring your own, no rentals)
    • Golf
    • Driving Ranges
    • Tennis
    • 1:1 Training, outdoors maintain 6 feet
    • Race Tracks (practice only, no spectators)
    • Campgrounds (subject to DPH rules)
    • Outdoor Shooting Range
    • Kayaking, Sailing, Canoeing and Stand-up Paddleboarding
    • Dirt Biking (practice only)
    • Mini Golf
    • Batting Cages
    • Archery
    • Rope Courses
    • Ziplines
    • Volleyball (2 vs. 2 only)

Downloadable Guidelines by Sector

Downloadable Guidelines by Sector (Espanol)