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Connecticut to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Beginning May 1, 2021

On April 19, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced plans to roll back COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses—although certain mask requirements may remain in effect. The governor intends to lift the restrictions in stages commencing May 1, 2021, through May 19, 2021.

Restrictions Prior to May 1, 2021

All current sector rules and restrictions remain in effect. This includes social distancing requirements…

Modified Restrictions Effective May 1, 2021

Restrictions on certain business will begin to be lifted on May 1, 2021. This includes the following changes:

  • Curfews for restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues, and theaters will be extended to midnight.

  • Several restrictions applicable to outdoor services will be lifted. For example, bars that do not serve food can open for outdoor service and limits on table party size will be eliminated.

For indoor service, food will still be required when serving alcohol and seating continues to be limited to eight individuals per table.

Lifting of All Restrictions Effective May 19, 2021

Governor Lamont plans to lift all remaining business restrictions on May 19, 2021, “[c]ontingent upon sufficiently low rates of infection and increasing vaccination rates,” This includes the following changes:

  • All curfews on service at restaurants, entertainment and recreation venues, and theaters will be lifted.

  • Sector rules will become guidance, except for the rules on certain mask mandates as discussed below.

  • Social distancing continues to be required where possible..

  • All capacity limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings will cease.

According to the press release, “[t]he Department of Public Health will issue recommendations for indoor and other large outdoor events, such as concerts,” and clarify under what circumstances masks may be required after May 19, 2021.

Mask Mandates

Governor Lamont also announced that as of May 19, 2021, masks would no longer be required when outdoors, unless social distancing is not possible. The use of indoor masks will continue, and the Department of Public Health will issue guidance on their continued use.

Operating Your Connecticut Business as of May 19, 2021

Even with the easing of restrictions, companies may want to consider the viability of safety measures implemented during the pandemic, including following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cleaning and disinfection recommendations or encouraging employees to stay home if sick. Businesses may also want to continue to monitor state and local guidance and implement those processes in accordance with their industry and workforce.

© 2022, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 119
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John G. Stretton, Ogletree Deakins, noncompete confidentiality lawyer, wrongful termination attorney
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John Stretton is a Shareholder in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins with nearly twenty years of experience. Clients view John as a resourceful counselor and aggressive litigator who never loses sight of a client's business objectives and need to establish value. In addition to providing proactive counseling and advice, John is frequently sought out to represent clients in discrimination, noncompete, confidentiality, wrongful termination, wage and overtime, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and complex litigation matters in state and...

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William C. Ruggiero is an associate in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins.  His practice is focused on defending employers against allegations of discrimination and retaliation in a variety of forums, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts.  He regularly counsels clients with respect to their employee handbooks and personnel policies to ensure compliance with state and federal law. He also represents employers during internal disciplinary and pre-arbitration...

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Nicole S. Mulé is an associate in the Stamford office of Ogletree Deakins. Nicole devotes a substantial amount of her practice to employment litigation where she defends employers in a wide range of disputes including those involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, and breach of contract claims. Nicole represents employers in state and federal court and she regularly handles agency matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Connecticut Department of Labor.

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