Governor Lamont Announces Restaurants to Go Full Capacity on March 19


On Thursday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that starting on Friday, March 19, capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses (with regular face mask, social distancing and cleaning protocols still in place):

  • Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11PM required closing time for dining rooms continues)
  • Retail
  • Libraries
  • Personal services
  • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
  • Gyms/fitness centers
  • Museums, aquariums, and zoos
  • Offices
  • Houses of worship

Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:

  • Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
  • Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors
  • All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance
  • Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance

Governor Lamont also announced the following timeline for capacity orders in Connecticut:

Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20

Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open
  • Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
  • Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity
  • Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season

Governor Lamont also stated that the following protocols will still be followed:

  • Face coverings and masks continue to be required
  • Bars that only serve beverages continue to remain closed
  • 11PM closing time remains in place for events at venues, restaurants, and entertainment
  • Indoor theaters continue to have a 50% capacity
  • Large event venues (e.g. stadiums) to open in April

(viaCT.gov)