A restaurant, hotel, hair salon or any other business violating Connecticut’s safety rules as the state reopens during COVID-19 threatens the health of your community.
If you see a violation, fill out a Reopen CT Online Complaint Form (click here). The electronic form is considered public information, but you can submit a complaint anonymously by not including your name and contact information.
Here are some restaurant guidelines:
- Restaurants can operate only at 50 percent capacity.
- Tables spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Hand sanitizer available at the entrance.
- No reusable menus: Restaurants must provide paper menus or list menu items on a chalkboard or whiteboard.
- No buffets.
- Single-use condiment packets. No plastic squeeze-bottle dispensers.
- Rolled or packaged silverware.
- Employees must wear a facemask or other cloth covering.
- Servers must wear gloves that are replaced frequently.
- Social-distancing markers encouraging diners to remain 6 feet apart.
- Touchless appliances, where possible: paper towel and soap dispensers, trash cans.
- Contactless payment is encouraged.
Here are some hotel guidelines:
- All employees must wear masks.
- Maintain a log of employees and guests to support contact tracing.
- Post signs reinforcing social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, use of masks and other safety protocols.
- Use partitions where 6-foot social distancing is not possible, such as the front desk.
- Rearrange common areas to conform with social distancing.
- Increase ventilation rates, with more outdoor air circulating when possible.
- Ceiling fans should be adjusted so air is drawn upward.
- Guests can have rooms cleaned daily, at checkout or at another agreed interval, usually determined when making the reservation.
- Discontinue nonessential services such as valet and coat check.
- Room-service meals will be bagged and left at the visitor’s door.
- Discontinue use of ice machines, water machines, coffeemakers and mini-bars.
- Use disposable cups, shampoo and conditioner containers and tissue boxes.
- Install touchless appliances, such as paper towel and soap dispensers.
- Use mobile check-in and checkout with digital receipts.
- Encourage alternatives to elevators.
Here are some guidelines for hair salons and barbershops:
- Operate at 50 percent capacity.
- No walk-ins.
- Waiting rooms closed.
- Hand sanitizer at the entrance.
- Customers must wear a face mask.
- Employees must wear a face mask or other cloth face covering and a face shield.
- Tools must be disinfected between customers.
- Work areas must be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Gloves are optional, but when used must be changed between customers.
- Increase ventilation rates and the percentage of outside air circulating into the system, when possible. If no air conditioning, try to bring in outside air by opening doors and windows.
- Install social-distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 feet apart.
- Employees must not share equipment, whenever possible.
- No magazines, newspapers or other waiting-room material.
- No refreshments, such as coffee or water, for customers.
- No coat rooms. Customers should bring all belongings to the workstation where they will receive service.
- Signs, clearly visible, that include the new policies.
For more details on the state’s Phase 2 reopening, click here.
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