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COVID-19: Guidelines Issued For CT Phase 2 Reopenings

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After moving up Phase 2 of the reopening of the economy in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont has laid out the steps businesses have to take as the state continues its recovery from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As of Wednesday, June 17, some businesses in certain sectors will be permitted to reopen, including indoor restaurants, nail salons, gyms, hotels, and amusement parks, though they will be under strict restrictions set forth by the state.

The protocols were developed by Lamont, his administration, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with legislators and recommendations made by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group.

Business sectors set to reopen in Phase 2 include:

  • Amusement parks;
  • Hotels;
  • Indoor dining;
  • Indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums;
  • Indoor recreation (bowling, movie theaters, etc.);
  • Libraries;
  • Outdoor events;
  • Personal services (nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc.);
  • Sports and fitness facilities (gyms, fitness centers, pools, etc.).

Rules include specific information about physical distancing, facility capacity, sanitizing and disinfecting standards, personal protective equipment for employees, staggered scheduling, new training on safety, and face coverings must be worn by workers and patrons.

Businesses planning to open during Phase 2 on June 17 will have to visit the state’s certification website to ensure that they are in compliance with state mandates.

A complete list of sector-specific guidelines set forth by the state can be found here.

The latest data from the Connecticut Department of Health says that there have been 43,968 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic broke out in mid-March, with an additional 2,073 probable cases. There are currently 333 COVID-19 patients still hospitalized, and there have been 4,071 fatalities attributed to the virus.

There have been 15,342 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fairfield County, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths. In Litchfield County, there have been 1,353 cases of the virus, which led to 113 fatalities.

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