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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 31, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Connecticut, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Response website.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance Regarding Reopening Businesses

Connecticut has released documents detailing specific rules that businesses falling under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Connecticut’s reopening plans must follow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

Spanish versions of the reopening guides are also available. All businesses subject to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening rules are required to self-certify prior to opening.

Reopening information, including what types of businesses are allowed to reopen, can be found on the Connecticut Business Reopening and Recovery Center website, and specific rules the businesses should follow when they reopen are available here.

According to the guidance, the decision to reopen during this phase rests with each individual business owner – they are not required to open if they do not choose, but if they do, they must follow the rules as prescribed. Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Dates Available

Phase 1 beginning May 20, 2020; Phase 2 beginning June 17, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

The provided guidance for Phase 1 is limited to hair salons and barbershops, museums and zoos (outdoor only), offices, restaurants (outdoor only), retail and malls, outdoor recreation, and university research. The provided guidance for Phase 2 is limited to amusement parks, hotels/lodging, restaurants, museums, zoos, and aquariums, indoor recreation, libraries, outdoor events, personal services, and sports and fitness facilities. As future phases of the reopening are announced, details on which businesses may reopen can be found here and here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

To contact the Office of the Governor, call (800) 406-1527 or fill out the form here.

List of Additional Information

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