Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau: Connecticut’s COVID-19 Resources

As Connecticut's meetings and hospitality industries slowly begin to reopen, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau - Connecticut's statewide Destination Marketing Organization - will show you the way to state-of-the-art meeting facilities and sports venues, along with first-rate accommodations and unparalleled service at competitive prices.
Our state's impressive inventory of venues accommodate groups of all types and sizes, comply with the newest protocols for safety and cleanliness, and are easily accessible via the Northeast's interstates, air, bus and rail lines.

Our Bureau is working together with state departments and local municipalities, as well as the Connecticut Lodging Association, the Connecticut Restaurant Association, the Connecticut Event Industry Coalition, hotels, venues, restaurants and other industry partners in preparation for welcoming back groups, events, meetings and conventions of all types.

  • Many of our hotel partners are open or partially open for overnight guests and small groups.
  • Both of Connecticut’s entertainment casinos and their conference centers are open. As sovereign nations, they are accepting larger groups, and offer private fire, police and medical services.
  • Restaurants and outdoor dining are popular, and many of outdoor attractions, assets and activities are open in compliance with social distancing guidelines.

Connecticut's COVID-19 Guidelines Overview

  • Gatherings: Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, the entire State of Connecticut will roll back to Phase 2.1 as detailed below:

    • Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Commercial Venue (e.g. weddings, office meetings, parties)
      • Max capacity: Indoor – Cap of 25 people, Outdoor – Cap of 50 people
    • Private, Social and Recreational Gathering Sizes – Private Residences (e.g. weddings, parties)
      • Max capacity: Indoor – Cap of 10 people, Outdoor – Cap of 10 people
    • Outdoor Event Venues (e.g. Amphitheaters, Race Tracks)- Max Capacity: Up to 25% (If an outdoor event venue is holding a private gathering, they are subject to the 50-person limit under outdoor private gatherings (see above) Face masks and social distancing required)
    • Outdoor Organized Gatherings – Open to the public (e.g. Fireworks, Concert in Municipal Park)- Cap of 500 people. – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket (Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.)
    • Religious gatherings - Indoor – Up to 50% capacity – Cap of 100 Outdoor – Up to 50% capacity or 6 ft spacing, no capacity limit
    • Restaurants – 50% capacity indoors with 8 people/table max, 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers, must be closed by 9:30pm but takeout/delivery still allowed after 9:30pm
    • Personal Services – 75% capacity indoors with 6 ft spacing and/or non-porous barriers – See rules below
    • Indoor Performing Arts Venues – Max capacity 100 people

     

    *For more details, please visit www.portal.ct.gov/coronavirus or for the latest guidance, visit www.portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen*

  • Travel AdvisoryPursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 7III, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This list will be updated on a weekly basis every Tuesday as the situation develops across the country at the following www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.

    *For more details, please visit www.portal.ct.gov/coronavirus or for the latest guidance, visit www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Latest-Guidance.*

  • Masks and Face Coverings: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state's businesses. To make a face covering at home, watch this video from the CDC.

    *Any person who declines to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical condition shall be exempt from this order and any requirement to wear masks in Sector Rules or other rules issued by the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), but only if such person provides written documentation that the person is qualified for the exemption from a licensed medical provider, the Department of Developmental Services or other state agency that provides or supports services for people with emotional, intellectual or physical disabilities, or a person authorized by any such agency.

    *For more details, please visit www.portal.ct.gov/coronavirus or for the latest guidance, visit www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Latest-Guidance.*

  • *For more details, please visit www.portal.ct.gov/coronavirus or for the latest guidance, visit www.portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Latest-Guidance.*

    Sector Status Notes
    Amusement parks Open Must follow sector rules
    Bars Closed  
    Beaches (state) Open Must follow safety guidelines
    Beaches (town) Partially Open Check with individual town or review this list from DEEP
    Bowling alleys Open Must follow sector rules
    Construction Open Must follow safe workplace rules
    DMV Partially Open

    - All deadlines for IDs and other credentials extended 180 days [info]
    - In-person services require an appointment
    - Select services can be completed online

    Gyms and Fitness Studios Open Must follow sector rules
    Hair Salons and Barbershops Open Must follow sector rules
    Hotels Open Must follow sector rules
    Libraries Open Must follow sector rules
    Nail salons Open Must follow sector rules
    Manufacturing Open Must follow safe workplace rules
    Museums and zoos Open Must follow sector rules
    Offices Open Must follow sector rules
    Retail Open Must follow sector rules
    Restaurants Open Must follow sector rules
    School (PreK-12, summer) Open Must follow summer school rules
    State Campgrounds Open All campers must make reservations in advance
    State Parks Open Must follow safety guidelines
    Summer camps Open Must follow sector rules
    Spas Open Must follow sector rules
    Tattoo Parlors Open Must follow sector rules
    Theaters Open Must follow sector rules
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COVID-19 CT Prevention Badge

In Connecticut, all sectors that are open are required to Self-Certify that they are following strict safety guidelines to keep their employees and customers safe. Once completed, they must post their Self-Certify Badge (see badge above) inside their business. All must also follow their respective sector rules/guidelines which are highlighted above.

The State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements and guidance:

Many of our hotel, venue and restaurant partners have updated “COVID-19  services” available on their listings on this website. If their information is not specifically posted, please contact our staff and we will assist you.


Contact our local experts for more specific information and to find a venue that works for you and your program.
Robert Murdock

Robert Murdock President/Director of National Accounts

Direct: (860) 882-1103
Cell: (860) 490-2002
Email: robertm@ctcsb.org
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Susan Koczka, CMP

Susan Koczka, CMP Director of National Accounts - Association/Corporate

Direct: (860) 882-1107
Cell: (860) 508-3619
Email: susank@ctcsb.org
 LinkedIn