It's So Good to Support Connecticut Businesses Last Updated 11/20

Now more than ever, it’s important to #SupportCTBusinesses. Our beloved restaurants, hotels, attractions and boutiques have been hit hard by the pandemic, but are working diligently to keep customers safe so that you can enjoy their offerings without worry. When you choose to support a local spot, it helps keep them in business and keep Connecticut unique and authentic. Whether you’re going out or ordering in, consider shopping, dining, staying and playing at local Connecticut businesses. Here are some details.

As always, be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change.

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Restaurants

Connecticut restaurants have been working very hard to create dining experiences that comply with the safety guidelines. Enjoy safety-friendly dine-in or order at-home feasts from the many great spots offering takeout or delivery. In fact, many are upholding The Connecticut Restaurant Promise. Here are just a few of the new protocols:

  • Restaurants are filled up to 50% capacity

  • Tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart

  • Parties can be a maximum of 8 people

  • All staff must wear face coverings

  • Patrons must wear a mask unless eating or drinking

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Museums, Aquariums & Other Attractions

Attractions have been creating new experiences tailored for the times. From aircrafts to animals, ziplining to zipping around the track, escape rooms and more, there’s so much to see and do. You can take a break from the ordinary, knowing safety is the top priority in Connecticut. Here are a few of safety protocols Connecticut attractions are putting in place:

  • Attractions are filled up ato 50% capacity

  • Face coverings must be worn by all visitors and staff

  • Social distancing markers are installed

  • Contactless payment is encouraged and most have advance online reservations.

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Hotels & Other Accommodations

Connecticut’s hotels have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. So, they have gotten creative. Not only have they implemented careful safety measures, but many have introduced new ways to use their spaces, offering rooms for things like office space, student study space, or just a change of scenery for locals. Here are a few of the hotel safety protocols:

  • All staff and guests must wear face coverings while in common areas

  • Social distancing markers are in place

  • Common areas are rearranged for social distancing

  • Contactless payment encouraged

  • Enhanced cleaning procedures for rooms and amenities

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Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries are ready to serve and going the extra mile for safety. From take-home bottles to social distance-friendly lounging, there are still many ways to enjoy the state’s homegrown libations. Here are just a few of the new protocols you can expect to see:

  • Wineries, breweries & distilleries are filled up to 50% capacity

  • Tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart

  • Parties can be a maximum of 8 people

  • All staff must wear face coverings

  • Patrons must wear a mask unless eating or drinking

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Shopping & Retail

Connecticut’s retail locations are implementing new safety measures to keep customers safe. From outdoor shopping centers and walkable shopping towns to online offerings, there are so many ways to safely support Connecticut retail businesses. Here are just a few protocols stores have put in place:

  • All staff and customers must wear face coverings

  • Hand sanitizer is available at entrance

  • Social distancing markers are installed

  • Contactless payment is encouraged

  • Stores allow up to 50% customer capacity

  • Any clothes tried on by a customer must be quarantined for 24 hours or thoroughly steam cleaned before returning to the floor.

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Connecticut-Made Goods

Buying products made in your own backyard? It doesn't get cooler than that! There's always something special about products that aren't mass-produced — the attention to detail, thoughtful packaging, and even the chance to buy something truly one-of-a-kind. Not only do you walk away with unique goods, you leave knowing you've helped keep one of Connecticut's unique businesses going. From artisan chocolates, handcrafted leather bags and home decor to locally designed clothing, handmade soaps and kitchenware, here are some fantastic small businesses in Connecticut. Visit in person or online!

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Support Businesses Virtually

You don't need to travel far to help support local spots. In fact, you don't even need to leave the house! Buy online gift cards now to redeem later — it will help keep your favorite spots in business and you'll have something fun to look forward to. This holiday season, give the gift of experience with these unique gifts that don't come in a box. Or attend virtual events, online marketplaces and more from attractions across the state. There are so many ways to #SupportCTbusinesses virtually.