State Requirements & PPE Resources - Phase 1 Reopening, May 20, 2020

From the office of DECD Commissioner, David Lehman: 

Steps for Reopening Businesses


As a follow up to last week’s release of the reopening rules, businesses and non-profits planning to open on May 20 (or during Phase 1) must certify with the state that they understand and will comply with these rules.


The rules were developed by public health officials and the business community and include detailed information about physical distancing, hygiene, sanitizing, personal protective equipment (PPE), scheduling, and training. They were designed to protect employees and customers and begin the reopening of our state as safely and efficiently as possible.


The mandatory self-certification process only takes a few minutes and can be found online at Certification must be completed before a business can reopen.


After completing the certification, companies can download Safety Signage and a Badge to display at their place of business and post on their website or social media channels. Posting of these materials is completely voluntary.


We will continue to share information about the reopening of the state and publish news to Connecticut's coronavirus website as it becomes available.



David Lehman, Commissioner
[email protected], (860) 500-2310


Additional PPE Resources:

State Distribution of Infrared Thermometers: Gov. Lamont announced the State will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities.

Small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship that would like to request equipment from the State’s supply of infrared thermometers should fill out a request form online. The Town will work to deliver thermometers.

  • Any small business in the State that has between 2 and 100 employees is eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address.
  • Nonprofits located in the State are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Social Services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the processed outline in this memo.
  • Places of Worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address.

CT PPE Reference List: As part of the Phase 1 reopening, employers will be challenged with sourcing PPE and cleaning supplies needed to maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers. To help with this effort, the CT Department of Administrative Services is working to compile a list of mostly Connecticut-based companies that can provided needed supplies in smaller quantities at competitive prices. Users should be diligent in determining if the products offered by these prospective suppliers are viable for their individual needs.

  • CBIA is continuing their free facemask for essential small businesses (50 employees or less) program. As a reminder, only two (2) facemasks per employee can be ordered per round (maximum order is 100). Supplies are limited and not every business who requests masks will receive them. To fill out a request, click here. The masks will be picked up by the Town and the Fire Marshal will be in contact with you about delivery times/dates.