Reopen Danbury

Reopen Danbury

Reopen Danbury Committee

Led by President & CEO PJ Prunty of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, the Reopen Danbury Committee is comprised of community partners from the business and nonprofit sectors of the city.

Goal

To strengthen Danbury’s economy by bolstering local businesses and nonprofits by strategizing ways that focuses on the health and wellness of their employees and the Danbury community while safely increasing commerce and the delivery of services. 

Key Objectives

  • Identify resources for local businesses to utilize
  • Provide ongoing support for businesses beginning the reopening process
  • Act as a conduit between relevant governmental agencies
  • Obtain industry-specific feedback and needs
  • Communicate feedback from businesses back to DECD and relevant state departments
  • Work to identify unmet needs resulting from COVID-19
  • Existing resources that can be leveraged
  • Advocate for additional resources/ assistance 

Co-Chairs:

Cynthia Merkle, President & Chief Executive Officer of Union Savings Bank
Gary Hawley, President of The Hawley Companies

Phase 2 Guidelines

SAFEGUARDS
• Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in all settings.
• Those who can work from home should continue to do so.
• Those in high-risk groups (comorbidities) and over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.
• Facemasks should continue to be worn in public at all times.
• Social gatherings will be restricted in accordance to the Governor's executive order.

CLEANING
Complete a thorough cleaning of facility prior to reopening, including but not limited to:
• Entrances/lobbies, hallways, elevators, door handles/door knobs
• Bathrooms
• Kitchens
• Shared equipment (e.g., printers, scanners, phones, key card machines, vending machines)

PPE
Employees must provide their employees with personal protective equipment.
Employees and guests must wear masks in all public spaces.

CONTACT TRACING
To support contact tracing, maintain a log of employees and guests at all times.

SHIFTS
Stagger shift start/stop times and break times to minimize contact across employees.

SIGNAGE
Post clear signage that supports new policies, e.g.:
• Social distancing protocols
• Cleaning and disinfection protocols
• Personal protection (face masks, gloves)
• Employees should stay home if sick/experiencing symptoms
• Customers should not enter if they are experiencing symptoms

LIMIT INTERACTION
Limit visitors and service providers on-site.
• Shipping and deliveries shall be completed in designated areas.
• Concierge services shall be provided by phone only.
• Room service deliveries shall be bagged and left at door, knock/ring to notify guest. It is recommended that room service should be provided with disposable dishes and cutlery. Room service cart should be cleaned before and after every use.
• Employees prohibited from entering guest rooms while guest is present (e.g., no in-room
bellhop delivery).
• Recommended Passive Decontamination of 24 hours after a guest has checked out.

CERTIFICATION
Complete the self-certification on the DECD website to receive a Reopen CT badge. Once complete, businesses can choose to post the badge on-site and on social media to advertise adherence to CT rules and build customer confidence.
Self-Certify

IMPORTANT: Read the document below in full before reopening your hotel.

Read the Full Details

SAFEGUARDS
• Maximum indoor capacity limit of 50%.
• Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in all settings.
• Those who can work from home should continue to do so.
• Those in high-risk groups (comorbidities) and over the age of 65 should continue
to stay safe and stay home.
• Facemasks should continue to be worn in public at all times.
• Social gatherings will be restricted in accordance to the Governor's executive order.

CLEANING
Complete a thorough cleaning of facility prior to reopening, including, but not limited to all dining, kitchen, bathroom, and seating areas, and any commonly touched surfaces.

PPE
EMPLOYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING PERSONAL PROTECTION TO THEIR EMPLOYEES
• If businesses do not have adequate personal protection, they cannot open.
• All employees are required to wear a facemask or other cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions.
• Employees may utilize their own cloth face covering over that provided by their employer if they choose.
• Latex-free gloves are required for table servers, and must be replaced frequently, including after handling any dishes or utensils previously handled by a customer.
• Latex-free gloves and eye protection are required when using cleaning chemicals.
• All restaurant employees shall follow FDA guidelines on usage of gloves where appropriate.

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR CUSTOMERS
Customers are required to bring and wear a surgical style mask or other face covering (e.g. cloth mask) that completely covers the nose and mouth when in the restaurant, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition, or when eating in the restaurant.

SIGNAGE
Post clear signage that supports new policies, e.g.:
• Social distancing protocols
• Cleaning and disinfection protocols
• Personal protection (face masks, gloves)
• Employees should stay home if sick/experiencing symptoms
• Customers should not enter if they are experiencing symptoms

WAITING AREAS
Close indoor waiting areas.

BUFFETS & SELF-SERVICE STATIONS
Eliminate buffet and self-serve stations.

SOCIAL DISTANCING MARKERS
Install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 ft apart (e.g. the entrance to the restaurant, lines to be seated, lines to make payments, lines to use the restroom).

VENTILATION
For facilities with central ventilation systems, increase ventilation rates and increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system where possible. For facilities where a central ventilation system is not used, window air conditioning units or unit ventilators should be adjusted to maximize fresh air intake into the system; blower fans should be set on low speed and pointed away from room occupants to the extent possible. Ceiling fans should be adjusted so that fins are rotating in a direction that draws air up toward the ceiling rather than down onto occupants. Window fans should be turned to exhaust air out of the window in the direction of the outdoors. Window fans that blow air into a room or free-standing fans that only serve to circulate existing air around a room should not be used.

SEATING/TABLE ARRANGEMENT
Rearrange space to maintain at least 6 ft of empty space between customers groups. Customer groups may be seated less than 6 ft apart if non-porous barriers (e.g. Plexiglas, wood) that extend 30 inches above table height are installed between tables/booths. Restaurant owners should consult with their local Fire Marshal to ensure that any barriers constructed inside their restaurants are compliant with life safety code regulations.

NON-ESSENTIAL AMENITIES
Close or remove amenities non-essential to businesse’s main function (e.g. dance floor, pool table).

MENUS
Businesses are strongly encouraged to use no-touch or disposable options for menus (e.g. phone app, whiteboard). If no-touch or disposable options are not utilized, businesses must sanitize menus between uses.

BAR SEATING
Bar seating is permitted provided that either:
• There are no active work areas or working staff behind the bar; or
• There is a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglas) separating customers from the bar space
• In addition, parties must be seated at bars (no standing customer service) and parties must be spaced at least 6 ft from other parties

HOTLINE FOR VIOLATIONS
Post clear signage that includes the state hotline (211) for employees and customers to report potential violations of these rules.

IMPORTANT: Read the document below in full before reopening your restaurant.

Read the Full Details

Personal Services
Personal Services will open at up to 50% capacity by appointment only, with waiting rooms closed. Personal services industries include Day Spa, Electrology, Estheticians, Floating, Piercing, Spa, Tanning, Tattoo, Waxing, Massage Therapy, Nail Technicians, & Eyelash Technicians. Personal Services that require a customer to remove a mask cannot be performed in Phase 2.

SAFEGUARDS
• Maximum indoor capacity limit of 50%.
• Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in all settings.
• Those who can work from home should continue to do so.
• Those in high-risk groups (comorbidities) and over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.
• Facemasks should continue to be worn in public at all times.
• Social gatherings will be restricted in accordance to the Governor's executive order.

SIGNAGE
Post clear signage that reinforces new policies (include signage in multiple languages where employees and/or clientele are not native English speakers), e.g.:
• Visits by appointment only
• Social distancing, cleaning, and disinfection protocols
• Personal protection protocols (face masks, gloves) for customers and employees
• Employees should stay home if sick/experiencing symptoms
• Customers should not enter if they are experiencing symptoms

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES/PRACTITIONERS
• Employees/practitioners are required to wear face shields or eye protection (e.g. goggle with side protection) and a facemask or other cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions.
• Gloves are optional depending on industry; if used must be changed between customers.
• Gowns and capes are optional depending on industry; if used must be changed between customers.
• Gloves and eye protection are required when using cleaning chemicals.
EMPLOYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING PERSONAL PROTECTION TO THEIR EMPLOYEES
• If businesses do not have adequate personal protection, they cannot open.

VENTILATION
For facilities with central ventilation systems, increase ventilation rates and increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system where possible. For facilities where a central ventilation system is not used, window air conditioning units or unit ventilators should be adjusted to maximize fresh air intake into the system; blower fans should be set on low speed and pointed away from room occupants to the extent possible. Ceiling fans should be adjusted so that fins are rotating in a direction that draws air up toward the ceiling rather than down onto occupants. Window fans should be turned to exhaust air out of the window in the direction of the outdoors. Window fans that blow air into a room or free-standing fans that only serve to circulate existing air around a room should not be used.

APPOINTMENTS
Appointments must be pre-scheduled to ensure there is no overlap between customers; stagger scheduling to ensure multiple clients are not arriving and departing at the same time.
• Appointments shall be 1∶1 only.

TREATMENT ROOMS
Alternate treatment rooms so that no two patients are treated in the same physical space consecutively. If this cannot be done, ensure enough time in-between clients to properly clean and disinfect.

DISCRETE WORK ZONES
Where possible, segment the workspace into discrete zones, prevent movement between zones, and close spaces where employees congregate.

WORKSTATION SETUP
Rearrange space to maintain 6 ft of distance between customers and limit movement of employees within facility.
• Stagger workstations.
• Install physical barrier where possible (e.g. Plexiglas partitions for nail service between customer and employee).
• Ask customers to wait in cars until appointment time and close waiting rooms

SOCIAL DISTANCING MARKERS
Install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 ft apart (e.g. at reception desk).

SHARED EQUIPMENT
Ensure employees do not share equipment to the extent possible. If shared, clean after each use.

FRONT DESK
Front desks should be outfitted with Plexiglas or other similar type of barrier.

TOUCHLESS APPLIANCES
Install touchless appliances wherever possible, including:
• Contactless payments
• Paper towel dispensers
• Soap dispensers
• Trash cans (ensure bins have lids)

NON-ESSENTIAL AMENITIES
Close or remove amenities non-essential to businesses' main function, including:
• Magazines, pamphlets, other waiting room materials
• Customer-facing water and coffee machines
• Coat rooms – have customers bring their personal belongings to where they will be serviced

WAITING ROOMS, LOBBIES, RELAXATION LOUNGES, ETC.
Must be closed.
• Develop a process for guests to forgo access to any communal areas and go directly to their treatment room/area.

MENU
Businesses are strongly encouraged to use no-touch or disposable options for menus (e.g. phone app, whiteboard). If no-touch or disposable options are not utilized, businesses must sanitize menus between uses.

LOCKER ROOMS
Disable or mark every other or every third locker for non-use to enforce 6 ft social distancing requirement.
• Facilities where lockers are assigned to members are not required to disable lockers but must enforce social distancing requirement.
• Remove any casual seating other than benches by lockers as necessary.
• Disable or close-off showers except for rinsing before and after any pool activity.

LAUNDRY
Individuals handling laundry shall wear a mask, gloves, faceshield, and protective cover over clothes.
• Each towel, robe, and linen used to cover or protect customers must be used only once and then be:
- Laundered with detergent and hot water in a washing machine
- Dried on the hottest setting in a clothes dryer
- Immediately stored in a clean, covered container
• Plastic or nylon capes and aprons may be washed in a machine and dried on any setting in a dryer or may be disinfected with a spray disinfectant.
• You must store used or soiled towels, linens, and capes in closed containers labeled "used".
• Towels and other laundered items must be properly cleaned and stored. A commercial linen service shall be used if not done on the premises.

IMPORTANT: Read the document below in full before reopening your business.

Read the Full Details

Sports, sport clubs and complexes, gyms, fitness centers, and pools can open in Phase 2. Each outdoor sporting event field will be limited to two teams, officials, and limited family members. Indoor sporting events will be limited to 50% of building capacity or 25 people (which ever is smaller) per field, court, pool, rink, etc. For indoor sporting events, capacity limits can be exceeded but only to include one parent/guardian per athlete. Sports that are allowed to be played include all age ranges. Gyms, sports clubs, and fitness centers that do not provide organized sports shall operate at 50% capacity. Establishments that require customers to wear a mask while exercising must maintain 6 ft of space between equipment. Establishments that do not require customers to wear a mask while exercising must maintain 12 ft of space between equipment.

SAFEGUARDS
As we continue to reopen select businesses on June 17th, we will open at our strictest controls on business operations and societal interaction. This will include, among other measures:
• Capacity limit of 50% for most businesses that reopen.
• Strict cleaning and disinfection protocols in all settings.
• Those who can work from home should continue to do so.
• Those in high-risk groups (comorbidities) and over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.
• Facemasks should continue to be worn in public at all times.
• Social gatherings will be restricted in accordance to the Governor's executive order.

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR EMPLOYEES
• All employees are required to wear a facemask or other cloth face covering that completely cover the nose and mouth, unless doing so could be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions.
• Employees may utilize their own cloth face covering over that provided by their employer if they choose.
• Gloves and eye protection are required when using cleaning chemicals.

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR CUSTOMERS
Customers are required to bring and wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition. Customers do not need to wear a mask while engaged in physical activity if 12 ft of distance can be maintained, but should as they enter and exit the facility and use the
restrooms.

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR CLASS INSTRUCTORS
Class instructors do not need to wear a cloth face covering during classes if they are partaking in physical activity as long as 12 ft of distance can be maintained.

PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR COACHES/STAFF/ATHLETES
Coaches and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering when unable to easily, continuously, and measurably keep 6 ft of physical distance from others, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions. Athletes are encouraged to wear face coverings when not engaged in active play. While engaged in the active play of sports or strenuous activities, athletes do not need to wear a face covering. However, athletes shall wear face masks at all other times.

CAPACITY TRACKING
Employers are responsible for enforcing revised capacity limits (50%).

SIGNAGE
Post clear signage that reinforces new policies, e.g.:
• Social distancing protocols
• Cleaning and disinfection protocols
• Personal protection protocols (face masks, gloves)
• Employees shall stay home if sick/experiencing symptoms
• Customers shall not enter if they are experiencing symptoms

VENTILATION
For facilities with central ventilation systems, increase ventilation rates and increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system where possible. For facilities where a central ventilation system is not used, window air conditioning units or unit ventilators should be adjusted to maximize fresh air intake into the system, blower fans should be set on low speed and pointed away from room occupants to the extent possible. Ceiling fans should be adjusted so that fins are rotating in a direction that draws air up toward the ceiling rather than down onto occupants. Window fans should be turned to exhaust air out of the window in the direction of the outdoors. Window fans that blow air into a room or free-standing fans that only serve to circulate existing air around a room should not be used.

FACILITIES
Temporarily close common areas, break rooms, check-in counters (unless touchless), where customers or employees may congregate.

SOCIAL DISTANCING MARKERS
Install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 ft apart (e.g., the entrance to the facility, locker rooms, class spaces, fan areas).

TIMING
Consider limiting length of activities to avoid unnecessary exposure, decrease congestion, and allow for additional sanitization.

LAYOUT
Adjust equipment layout and close or restrict access to equipment to maintain at least 6 ft of distance between equipment.

INTRADAY CLEANING
Employees shall clean all equipment frequently, and customers must wipe down equipment after each use. This includes free weights.

DUMBBELLS/FREE WEIGHTS
Establish and clearly mark “workout zones” for use of dumbbells and free weights.
• Free weight exercises that require a spotter cannot be conducted while honoring social distancing norms. Safety measures in all forms must be strictly enforced in the weight room.

FRONT DESKS
Front desks should be outfitted with Plexiglas or other similar type of barrier.

NON-ESSENTIAL AMENITIES
Close or remove amenities non-essential to businesses' main function (e.g., babysitting, arcades).

HOTLINE FOR VIOLATIONS
Post clear signage that includes the state hotline (211) for employees and customers to report potential violations of these rules.

LOCKER ROOMS
Disable or mark every other or every third locker for non-use to enforce 6 ft social distancing requirement.
• Facilities where lockers are assigned to members are not required to disable lockers but must enforce social distancing requirement.
• Remove any casual seating other than benches by lockers as necessary.
• Disable or close-off showers except for rinsing before and after any pool activity.
• Disable or close-off steam rooms and saunas.
• If independent showers are available and used, they must be attended and sanitized between each use.

WATER FOUNTAINS
Athletes, coaches, and customers shall be required to bring their own water bottles. Water fountain use shall be restricted to water bottle filling stations only. Congregating at water bottle filling stations shall be limited and signage reinforcing the use of water bottle filling stations only must be displayed.

IMPORTANT: Read the document below in full before reopening your gym.

Read the Full Details