Reopening Connecticut

CT Office of the Arts | February 16, 2021 


Sector Rules and Certification for Reopen


Effective Wednesday, February 17, performing arts venues may operate at 50% capacity with spacing and can sell concessions/food. Please note that this is dependent on continued stability of COVID-19 metrics.

All businesses subject to reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening. Visit here for a searchable list of businesses that have self-certified.

** Effective January 19, 2021, the Team Sports on Pause is no longer in effect. Team sporting activities must adhere to the latest DPH Guidance and Sector Rules for Reopening. Click here for a summary of the updated guidance. **

For the purposes of advanced planning for summer camps and other summer recreational activities, we anticipate that the rules this year will be similar to the rules we had last year, assuming current projections hold. The state DPH and DECD are monitoring COVID-19 metrics closely and will likely have more information by March 15, 2021. Please continue to monitor this page and our Sector Rules for Reopening for updated guidance.

Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6. A comparison of Phases 2, 2.1 and 3 rules can be found below.

Effective Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021,the following business sectors will be subject to a 11:00 p.m. closing time 7 days per week.

Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 10:30 p.m., although takeout and delivery may continue)
24-hour diners may reopen for indoor dining for breakfast at 5:00 a.m.
Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)
Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues
Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 65 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.