Update on Reopening Connecticut

June 16, 2020

To help you and our neighbors stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving stream of information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, my office and I are working to provide news as it develops over social media and by email. This is a recap of some of this week’s highlights.

Below you can find Phase 2, Reopening Connecticut (June 17) information on the following topics:

  • Outdoor Amusement Parks
  • Restaurants
  • Sports Fitness Centers, Gyms, Clubs, Pools
  • Indoor Recreation
  • Libraries

For more information about the state's response efforts visit ct.gov/coronavirus. To receive text message notifications, sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system. To subscribe, text "COVIDCT" to 888-777.

Outdoor Amusement Parks

Outdoor amusement parks will begin to open with a limited 25 percent capacity. Social distancing rules will be practiced throughout, from the parking lot where customers will be directed to park in every other space during peak hours to leaving empty seating and/or rows on rides.

For more information regarding the reopening of Amusement Parks please click here.


Though outdoor dining is encouraged, restaurants will reopen for indoor dining at 50 percent of regular indoor seating capacity in order to maintain social distancing standards. Employers will be required to enforce the capacity limits as well as ensure a thorough cleaning of the restaurant before reopening including kitchen, dining area, bathrooms as well as any other often-touched areas.

You can learn more about the safety guidelines and precautions being implemented for restaurants here.

Sports Fitness Centers/Gyms

Gyms, sports complexes, sports clubs, fitness centers and pools can reopen at 50 percent capacity.

Facilities requiring customers/participants to wear a mask while exercising must maintain 6 ft of space between equipment, but facilities that do not require customers to wear a mask while exercising must have 12 ft of space between equipment.

With respect to youth and high school sports, outdoor sporting events are in play but limited to two teams, officials and limited family members. Indoor events are limited to 50 percent capacity or 25 people (whichever is smaller) at each field, court, pool, etc.

The limit can be exceeded only to include one parent/guardian per athlete.

More safety and guidelines information can be found here.

Indoor Recreation

Indoor recreation businesses including movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades can reopen at 50 percent capacity. At least 6 feet of empty space must be maintained between individual customers or groups of customers for group activities.

Customers will be encouraged to use one piece of equipment (bowling ball for example) during visits.

The safety and guidelines information for indoor recreation is right here.


Libraries can reopen at 50 percent capacity and are encouraged to have guards at the entrance to count and monitor the number of people inside when high traffic times are expected. A six-foot distance between seating must be arranged.

Programs including workshops or job fairs must also follow the rules on size of social gatherings.

For more information please click here.

Businesses and non-profits planning to reopen on June 17 should visit the CT Business Reopening and Recovery Center website. And visit the Department of Economic and Community Development website for updated industry-specific guidelines for Phase 2.