Early Plans for Reopening the Economy, Beginning May 20
Last Thursday, Governor Ned Lamont announced information regarding the state’s approach to reopening the economy, which is scheduled to begin on May 20. The state will require seven standards to be in place to ensure opening can begin, including a 14-day decline in hospitalizations; increased testing capacity; sufficient contact tracing capacity; protecting high-risk populations; adequate healthcare capacity; adequate supplies of personal protective equipment; and appropriate physical distancing regulations.
The phased approach will lead to different types of businesses reopening as controls can be put in place to keep workers safe; businesses with lower rates of contact proximity, contact lengths and individuals contacted on the job, as well as businesses’ abilities to disinfect and keep social distancing in play, will impact who can open and when.
Beginning on May 20, the state will allow the following businesses to resume operations:
Restaurants with outdoor seating
Offices, though working from home will continue to be encouraged
Hair and nail salons
Outdoor museums and zoos
Additional outdoor recreation, including camping and mountain biking
University research programs
As we learn more about COVID-19 and put new systems in place to slow its spread, the state will gradually be able to reopen more businesses over
Hamden Department of Economic and Neighbrohood Development