By the end of March 2021, more than 1.7 million doses of vaccine had been administered in Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont, encouraged by the progress of the vaccine, has recently taken action to relax some of the restrictions that have been imposed on businesses during this long pandemic.
Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11 p.m. closing time for dining rooms continues)
Indoor recreation (except theaters, which remain limited to 50 percent capacity)
Gyms and fitness centers
Museums, aquariums and zoos
Houses of worship
Also as of March 19, commercial venues may host social and recreational gatherings with a maximum of 100 occupants for indoor events and 200 for outdoor events.
As of April 2, restrictions on the following venues were also relaxed:
Outdoor amusement parks are allowed to open.
Outdoor event venues are increased to a 50 percent capacity limit, capped at 10,000 people.
Indoor stadiums are allowed to open at 10 percent capacity.
Summer camps and summer festivals were advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season.
These are obviously welcome developments for Connecticut business owners. But even as things reopen, it is crucial for employers to continue to comply with the health and safety protocols that have been in effect for the past year. These protocols include:
Allowing employees to work from home if possible
Requiring customers and employees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing
Continuing to follow all state and federal guidelines and best practices regarding employee sick leave and family leave
Avoiding taking adverse employment actions (firing, demotion) against employees who miss work for COVID-19-related reasons
If you are a business owner and have questions about how to comply with the ever-evolving COVID-19 rules, you can find information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 response website.
The lawyers at Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. are available to advise business owners as Connecticut on all matters related to compliance with COVID-19 executive orders. You can call us at 203-745-0942 or contact us online to arrange a consultation at our offices in Hamden, East Haven, or we can join you in a virtual meeting.
Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. is located in Hamden, CT and serves clients in and around North Haven, Hamden, Waterbury, Bethany, Milford, Wallingford, Prospect, Woodbridge, Northford, Madison, Beacon Falls, Branford, Cheshire, North Branford, East Haven, Naugatuck, Meriden, Ansonia and New Haven County.
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