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Be Aware Of These COVID-19 Rule Updates

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Jul 282020
 

Following is a message from The CT Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman:

While we have paused on the Phase 3 reopening of the state to protect the health of all of our residents, we have made some updates to our industry-specific rules after consulting with industry leaders and public health officials.

These updates provide more specific guidance, as well as new recommendations for a broad range of sectors. Highlights include:

New rules for Indoor Recreation and expanded guidance for Outdoor Events.

Changes impacting Offices, Personal Services, Hair Salons & Barbershops, Retail, Libraries, etc.:

Non-essential businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.

In the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended the business implement 24-hour passive decontamination and follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

For bathrooms, the posting of signage encouraging reduced capacity and reminding individuals to wash their hands and wear masks is suggested.

Changes impacting Restaurants:

Servers are no longer required to wear gloves.

Indoor performances are now allowed (with the exception of musical vocalists).

Hotels are now permitted to provide non-essential services and amenities (e.g., valets, ice machines).

These and other sector-specific updates go into effect immediately. Businesses and non-profits that have already completed the self-certification process as part of Phases 1 or 2 do not need to re-register, but must comply with any new rules for their sector.

Thank you for continuing to comply with these enhance protocols as we find new and better ways to get back to work safely.

Sincerely,

David Lehman, Commissioner

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Prepares to Reopen Some Businesses Soon — Details

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May 122020
 

A message from Commissioner David Lehman:

On Friday, Governor Lamont and I shared additional details about the phased plan to reopen the state. Our goal is to reopen safely and securely with clear rules for businesses that safeguard the health of all of our residents.

For Phase 1, which we expect to begin on May 20, we are now able to share industry-specific rules for restaurants, offices, retail, hair salons and barbershops, and museums and zoos.

The rules include detailed information and requirements about physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), scheduling, training, and much more.

In addition, we established a new task force that will help small businesses understand and implement these new regulations. The task force made up of small business and industry associations from around the state will release a detailed guide by May 15 to help organizations implement our rules and open safely.

We will continue to share news as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

David Lehman, Commissioner

Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen

Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20.

Hair Salons and Barbershops 

Stagger shift start/stop times, break times, and lunchtimes to minimize contact across employees.

Maintain a log of employees on-premise over time, to support contact tracing.

No waiting areas, customers can be seen by appointment only

Make hand sanitizer available at the entrance

Employees must wear face shields and a facemask or other cloth face covering

Contactless payment encouraged

Disinfect tools between customers

Arrange chairs so work areas are spaced at least 6ft apart

Customers must wear a facemask or other cloth facing covering

  • As of Monday night, the use of blow dryers WILL be permitted

Museums and Zoos (outdoor only)

As Connecticut reopens its museums and zoos, the State wants to enable its citizens to continue to enjoy its rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as some quality times outdoors. Such activities must be undertaken only after prioritizing the health and safety of employees and consumers. Museums and zoos inherently present lower risks of contagion.

There is little touching, and the density of visitors in any particular space is usually low and can be further limited. This set of rules developed by the State of Connecticut aims to minimize the risks presented by these establishments while allowing its citizens to enjoy the state’s cultural treasures.

Museums and zoos must exercise caution throughout the reopening, ensuring strict adherence to the protocols listed here.

While these provide a way for museums and zoos to reopen as safely as possible, risks to visitors and employees cannot be fully mitigated. Visitors who choose to come to museums and zoos during this time should be aware of potential risks. Individuals over the age of [65] or with other health conditions should not visit museums and zoos, but instead, continue to shelter in place (unless museums/zoos are able to reserve times for them).

Museums and zoos should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut. Individual establishments should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation. We also urge visitors to stay vigilant and pay attention as to whether museums and zoos they visit are faithfully implementing these rules.

STATE RULES FOR MUSEUMS & ZOOS

Museums and zoos shall calculate maximum safe occupancy for each exhibit area/room to allow for social distancing between groups and to comply with state social gathering size guidance. Establishments should leverage signage, floor markings, and enhanced presence of attendants and other personnel to enforce such occupancy rates.

These rules are intended to help museums and zoos safely get back to work. The information here can be supplemented with information developed by professional organizations and by other industry groups, some of which are listed below. These rules may be updated.

OFFICES

In Phase 1, offices can open at up to 50% capacity. Employees should continue to work from home where possible.

As Connecticut’s offices reopen, the most important consideration will be the health and safety of employees. Businesses must exercise caution throughout the reopening, ensuring strict adherence to the protocols listed here. Those businesses that are not able to meet the rules listed here by May 20, should delay opening until they are able to.

While these rules provide a way for offices to reopen in as safe a manner as possible,
risks to employees cannot be fully mitigated. Employees who choose or are instructed to return to their offices during this time should be fully aware of potential risks. Individuals over the age of 65 or with other health conditions should not visit offices, but instead, continue to stay home and stay safe.

Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut. Individual businesses should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation. We urge employees to stay vigilant and pay attention as to whether their offices are faithfully implementing these rules.

REOPEN RULES FOR OFFICES

For offices, employees are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible. Tenants should coordinate with building owners to ensure these rules are implemented effectively. Common areas shared between tenants are the responsibility of the landlord (e.g. lobbies, elevators, etc.), while individual tenant areas are the responsibility of the tenant (e.g. individual floors, kitchen areas, etc.).

These rules are intended to help offices safely get back to work. The information here can be supplemented with guidance from professional organizations and by other industry groups, some of which are listed below. These rules may be updated.

RESTAURANTS (OUTDOOR ONLY)

In Phase 1, restaurants can open outdoor at up to 50% capacity, no bars.

As Connecticut’s restaurants reopen, the most important consideration will be the health and safety of employees and customers. Businesses must exercise caution throughout the phases of reopening, ensuring strict adherence to the protocols listed here. Those businesses that are not able to meet the rules listed here by May 20, shall delay opening until they are able.

While these rules provide a way for restaurants to reopen in as safe a manner as possible, risks to customers and employees cannot be fully mitigated. Customers who choose to visit restaurants during this time should be fully aware of potential risks. Individuals over the age of 65 or with other health conditions should not visit restaurants, but instead, continue to stay home and stay safe.

Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut. Individual businesses should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation.

We urge customers to stay vigilant and pay attention as to whether restaurants they frequent are faithfully implementing these rules.

REOPEN RULES FOR RESTAURANTS

For restaurants, only outdoor areas can open at this time. Indoor areas and bar areas shall remain closed. These rules are intended to help restaurants safely get back to work. The information here can be supplemented with guidance from other industry groups, some of which are listed below. These rules may be updated as conditions evolve.

RETAIL & MALLS

In Phase 1, Retail businesses and malls can open at up to 50% capacity.

As Connecticut’s retail stores reopen, the State wants to enable economic activities and demand to come back, while prioritizing the health and safety of employees and consumers. Various types of retail stores present different levels of interaction and the potential to violate social distancing rules. For example, fitting rooms present challenges not posed by electronics stores. This set of rules developed by the State of Connecticut aims to mitigate the risks presented in all retail stores.

Businesses must exercise caution throughout the reopening, ensuring strict adherence to the rules listed here. Those businesses that are not able to meet the rules listed here by May 20, shall delay opening until they are able.

While these rules provide a way for retail stores to reopen as safely as possible, risks to customers and employees cannot be fully mitigated. Customers who choose to visit stores during this time should be aware of potential risks. Individuals over the age of [65] or with other health conditions should not go shopping, but instead, continue to stay home and stay safe.

Businesses should take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut. Individual businesses should take additional measures as recommended by industry guidelines or by common sense applied to their particular situation. We urge customers to stay vigilant and pay attention as to whether retail establishments they frequent are faithfully implementing these rules.

STATE GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL & MALLS

These rules are intended to help retail stores safely get back to work. The information here can be supplemented with guidance from professional organizations and by other industry groups, some of which are listed below. These guidelines may be updated.