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Lamont announces updated rules for specific industries including restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues

Updated rules for specific industries announced

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today announced that after consulting with industry leaders and public health officials, some updates have been made to the state’s previously announced industry-specific rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 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 officespersonal serviceshair salons and barbershopsretaillibraries, etc.:
  • Nonessential 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 a 24-hour passive decontamination and follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • For bathrooms, the positing 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 nonessential services and amenities (e.g. valets, ice machines)

The updated rules go into effect immediately. Businesses and nonprofits that have already completed the self-certification process as part of Phases 1 and 2 do not need to re-register, but must comply with any new rules for their sector.

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