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Connecticut Eases Restaurant Restrictions As Reopening Advances

  • Connecticut DECD eases some restrictions on reopening restaurants
  • Additional guidelines presented for offices, retail, and other venues
  • Phase 3 of Connecticut reopening remains on hold

Connecticut has eased some restrictions on restaurants that were implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Economic and Community Development. Servers no longer need to wear gloves and indoor performances, with the exception of vocalists, are now allowed.

Restaurants were permitted to reopen with outdoor dining on May 20, and indoor dining resumed on June 17 with the restriction that bar areas remain closed. Phase 3 of Connecticut’s reopening plan, which includes bars, has been postponed indefinitely due to a rise in COVID-19 cases elsewhere in the United States.

The new state guidelines also allow non-essential businesses to refuse service to people who don’t wear a mask, recommend a 24-hour passive decontamination and CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfection processes if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, and bathroom signage encouraging reduced capacity, washing hands, and wearing masks. The state has also issued new rules for indoor recreation and expanded guidance for outdoor events.

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