Letter from Randy Fiveash, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism Regarding COVID-19
Updated: July 8, 2020, 5 p.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.
Connecticut is currently in Phase 2 of a 3-Phase Reopening Plan. 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.
The latest guidance currently in effect includes:
- Travel advisory: Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. As of today, 19 states meet the criteria: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. This list will be continually updated as the situation develops across the country.
- Face coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. 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.
What's open in Connecticut:
- Amusement parks: Open, must follow sector rules
- Bars: Closed, included in Phase 3 (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.
- State of Connecticut: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.
Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism