The four sectors of business that will be allowed to open on May 20 are restaurants, personal services, retail, and offices.

During his daily news briefing this afternoon, Governor Lamont announced that his administration is utilizing seven criteria in its consideration for Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening efforts:

  • 50-percent capacity
  • Outdoor dining only
  • Tables 6 feet
  • Bars closed
  • Dance floors remain closed
  • Contactless payments preferred
  • High-contact areas and bathrooms cleaned frequently
  • Tables & chairs sanitized between groups
  • Paper or digital menus or posted on chalkboard/whiteboard
  • Packaged or rolled silverware
  • Hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes available at entrance and exit
  • Employees to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings
  • Table servers to wear disposable gloves, changed frequently
  • Customers wear facemasks or cloth face coverings except while dining

The governor is working with his legal team on an executive order to allow restaurants to use their indoor liquor licenses for outdoor serving.

“When you’re at the table eating a meal, of course, you will not have to wear a mask, but when you’re moving to the table or to the bathroom you’ll need to have a mask on in the restaurant,” Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said. 

Hair salons and barbershops will have to follow strict guidelines including chairs six feet apart, disinfecting hair tools between each client, services by appointment only and blow-drying will not be allowed. 

Employees are going to need to provide a clean smock for each customer as they come in, again by appointment only, and customers are going to need face masks the whole time or face coverings.

Retail protocols include: fitting rooms will be closed, customers will be limited, sanitizer will be placed at entrances and physical barriers at checkouts must be put in place. 

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