Letter from Randy Fiveash, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism Regarding COVID-19
As of: Sept. 25, 2020, 9:15 a.m.
Dear Connecticut Residents and Visitors:
Your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to the Connecticut Office of Tourism. We are monitoring the rapidly evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Connecticut and are dedicated to sharing the latest Connecticut travel-related updates with you.
The latest guidance currently in effect is available here, including:
- Travel Advisory: Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 9C, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country. Anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the form online at ct.gov/travelform. The list of impacted locations is updated on a weekly basis every Tuesday as the situation develops across the country. As of September 22, 2020, the following locations meet this criteria and are included in Connecticut's travel advisory: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Frequently asked questions about Connecticut's travel policies, including about exemptions from self-quarantine, are available here.
Masks and Face Coverings: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition.
Gatherings: Indoor private gatherings: 25 people; Outdoor private gatherings: 100 people; Outdoor organized gatherings (e.g., concerts in municipal parks): 15 feet of space between blankets, cap of 500 people; Outdoor event venues (e.g., amphitheaters, racetracks): 25% of fire capacity and distancing; Fairs, festivals and carnivals: up to 25% of last year’s attendance.
Connecticut is currently in Phase 2 of a 3-Phase Reopening Plan. Phase 3 is scheduled to begin on October 8, 2020. You can learn more about Connecticut’s Reopening Plan, and find the latest information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, here: www.CT.gov/Coronavirus.
What's open in Connecticut:
- Amusement Parks: Open, must follow sector rules
- Bars: Closed (TBD)
- Beaches (State): Open, must follow safety guidelines
- Beaches (Town): Partially open, check with individual town or review this list from DEEP
- Bowling Alleys: Open, must follow sector rules
- Gyms and Fitness Studios: Open, must follow sector rules
- Hotels: Open, must follow sector rules
- Museums and Zoos: Open, must follow sector rules
- Retail: Open, must follow sector rules
- Restaurants: Open, must follow sector rules
- State Campgrounds: Open, all campers must make reservations in advance
- State Parks: Open, must follow safety guidelines
- Spas: Open, must follow sector rules
- Theaters: Open, must follow sector rules
We strongly encourage all Connecticut residents and visitors to follow the requirements and guidance provided by the State of Connecticut and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.
Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism