Authorities in Connecticut, US, to ease COVID-19-related business restrictions from Oct. 8, traveler quarantine list amended as of Oct. 7.
Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 11:38 AM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 Restrictions
- Location(s): Connecticut
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions
From Oct. 8, Connecticut authorities will implement Phase 3 of the state's economic recovery plan due to a decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the region. Under the new guidelines, businesses such as restaurants and personal care services may increase operating capacity to 75-percent. Indoor performance venues and outdoor event venues may open to 50-percent capacity with continued social distancing and facemask requirements. Bars and nightclubs must continue to remain closed at this stage. Indoor gatherings occurring at a private residence may have a maximum of 25 people, while gatherings at an event space may increase from 25 people to up to 50-percent capacity with a maximum of 100 people. Outdoor gatherings may increase from 100 to 150 people.
Otherwise, previous restrictions remain in effect. Restaurants, lodging facilities, personal care services, office-based businesses, and childcare centers may continue operating. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and fueling stations, have been exempt from mandatory closures. Establishments that can operate must comply with strict mandates aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, including adherence to social-distancing guidelines, limitations on operating capacity, and enhanced sanitation procedures, among other requirements. Such directives may vary by industry and type of facility.
Additionally, as of Oct. 7, authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Per the most recent update, officials added New Mexico to the list, while no state was removed.
As of Oct. 7, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states and territories must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival:
- Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
The list could change weekly, as officials regularly update it to include all states having positive COVID-19 test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rates of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average.
Authorities in Connecticut will begin to issue fines to those who do not abide by the state's facemask and event size limit orders. Fines for violating the mask order will be USD 100, and fines for organizing an event that exceeds gathering limits will be USD 500. Participants in events that exceed size limits could be issued a fine of USD 250.
Individuals must wear protective face coverings when in public and unable to comply with social-distancing guidelines. Business disruptions remain likely. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Heed the directives of the authorities. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands).