Letter from Randy Fiveash, Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism Regarding COVID-19

Updated: June 5, 2020, 2 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 Governor Ned Lamont recently presented a phased approach to reopening Connecticut’s economy. Businesses eligible to reopen are required to self-certify to demonstrate they understand and will comply with COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the State.

  • Phase 1 of Connecticut's Reopening Plan began on May 20, 2020.
  • Phase 2 of Connecticut's Reopening Plan will begin on June 17, 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.

The latest guidance currently in effect includes:

  • Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • 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.
  • Amusement parks: Closed until June 17
  • Bars: Closed
  • Beaches (state): Open, following DEEP safety guidelines
  • Beaches (town): Partially open, check with individual town
  • Bowling alleys: Closed until June 17
  • Gyms and fitness studios: Closed until June 17
  • Hotels: Partially open, only for first responders and patients until June 17
  • Museums and zoos: Partially open, must follow sector rules
  • Retail: Partially open, must follow sector rules
  • Restaurants: Partially open, take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining only, following sector rules
  • State parks: Open, following DEEP safety guidelines
  • Spas: Closed until June 17
  • Theaters: Closed until June 17

We strongly encourage all Connecticut residents and visitors to follow the guidance provided by the State of Connecticut and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.


Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism