Connecticut Updates: Latest Guidance, Vaccines & Mask Mandates


As of September 13, 2021, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported among Connecticut residents

is 381331, including 346229 laboratory-confirmed and35102probable cases.Three hundred thirty-eight patients are

currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19; of these, 244 (72.2%) are not fully vaccinated.

Where Can I Get a Replacement Vaccine Card?

If you have lost your vaccine card, you can:

  • Contact your vaccination provider to get another, or
  • If you have an account, log into VAMS and view or download your Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (click here for instructions), or
  • Call( 860) 509-7929 to request your Official Immunization Certificate. from the CT Immunization Information System (CT WiZ) at the Department of Public Health. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to CT WiZ.

The CDC vaccine card, your provider’s portal record, VAMS certificate, and the CT WiZ official immunization record are all acceptable forms of proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.

How Do I Get the Vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone ages 12 and older in Connecticut

These Connecticut cities and towns have issued mask mandates as COVID-19 delta variant spreads

Hartford

In Hartford, Mayor Luke Bronin announced a mask mandate for indoor spaces beginning at midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Bloomfield

Effective Aug. 19, Bloomfield is requiring masks or face coverings in indoor public spaces where social distancing of at least six feet is not possible, according to anexecutive order.

Bridgeport

The state’s largest city followed suit with New Haven, Hartford and Stamford and issued a mask mandate effective Wednesday, Aug. 11, at restaurants, grocery stores, theaters, gyms and retailers.

“The masks will help in any situation for those that are vaccinated, not vaccinated, individuals that are vulnerable, and especially to help stop this virus from spreading to a child that is not eligible for the vaccine,” Mayor Joe Ganim said, in a news release.

Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, Brookfield, New Fairfield

Danbury Mayor Joe Cavo ordered an indoor mask mandate effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 requiring both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear masks in public indoor settings.

“I previously stated that a regional approach would be the most effective way to issue this mandate. After reaching out to local officials from surrounding towns, we are hopeful that Brookfield, Bethel, and Ridgefield may issue similar guidance in the coming days,” Cavo said, in a statement Wednesday.

On Friday, the neighboring towns confirmed they would enact their own mandates, beginning Monday, Aug. 16.

East Hartford

Mayor Marcia Leclerc announced on Monday, Aug. 23 that an indoor mask mandate would begin at midnight the following day. People who do not comply with the mandate will be subject to a $100 fine.

“It is imperative that all businesses and organizations follow this mandate as recommended by the CDC,” Leclerc said. “Businesses and organizations can help set the standard of protecting their employees and customers by adhering to the universal mask mandate during this fourth wave of the pandemic.”

Hamden

Hamden has issued an indoor mask mandate, effective Aug. 19.

In addition to the city’s indoor mask mandate, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng added in his emergency order that “the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings compliant with CDC guidelines for protection shall be required for all outdoor gatherings of more than 250 persons at Town of Hamden facilities or parks.”

Manchester, East Windsor, South Windsor

South Windsor, East Windsor and Manchester are requiring masks in public indoor spaces, effective Aug. 20. The only exception is when people are eating, drinking or have a written medical exemption.

All private businesses are required to have all employees wear masks.

East Windsor First Selectman Jason Bowsza said the towns came together to institute a mask mandate to protect all residents from the coronavirus, but in particular children, who are currently unable to be vaccinated. The mandate is important, too, Bowsza said, to protect local businesses.

“It’s incumbent on the adults to be the adults in the room and take whatever precautions we can take to protect health and to prevent any sector closures, because we saw the effect it had on businesses last year.”

Mansfield

Mansfield, home to UConn’s Storrs campus, will require all individuals to wear masks indoors beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

Masks must be worn “in all indoor public spaces, meeting spaces, private indoor businesses and all places of employment except when eating and drinking,” according to a notice from the town.

Montville

Mayor Ronald K. McDaniel of Montville announced on the town's website that masks will be required in all town facilities beginning on August 23, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. 

We find ourselves once again in a place of resurgent COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant," said McDaniel in a written statement. "I am proud of all that the residents of Montville have done to date to cooperate with recommendations and Executive Orders with respect to wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and limiting unnecessary exposure opportunities. We will continue to exercise responsible and reasonable precautions as this crisis continues."

New Haven

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker was the first local leader to announce a mask mandate, and the measure took effect Monday, Aug. 9.

“I’ve been quite clear that we’re going to use every tool that we can to make sure that we keep residents safe,” he said, at a news conference.

New London, Groton

New London and Groton officials announced together Thursday that the two towns will require masks be worn in indoor spaces by both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The mandate will take effect Monday, Aug. 23.

Norwalk

Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13 in Norwalk, the city announced.

“While I believe a statewide policy, rather than 169 different approaches, makes the most sense as we see a resurgence of COVID-19, I felt it important to reinstate the mask mandate across Norwalk to help keep our residents safe,” Mayor Harry Rilling said, in a news release.

Rocky Hill

Exempting people younger than 2, those participating in a performance, eating or drinking or those with written permission from a doctor, the town of Rocky Hill issued a mandate for all people regardless of vaccination to wear masks in indoor public spaces, beginning at midnight on Aug. 20.

“The Town of Rocky Hill has determined that to slow the spread of the Delta variant, protect its residents and protect those visiting and conducting business in Rocky Hill, it shall follow the preventive public health practices of the CDC,” the town said in a release.

Simsbury

In Simsbury a mask order takes effect Monday, Aug. 23, requiring face coverings for all people over 2 in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, unless exempted by a medical or behavioral condition.

“The health and safety of our residents is our top priority,” said First Selectman Eric Wellman in a press release. “It’s critical that we take this proactive approach to ensure that our children can go to school in person, and our businesses can continue to operate safely.”

Southington

Beginning on August 30, all town employees and members of the public will be required to wear a mask while entering town buildings and the Board of Education Central offices, regardless of vaccination status. 

Town officials say the directive will be in place until Southington has two consecutive weeks where it is not in the red or high transmission category for COVID-19. 

Stamford

Stamford Mayor David Martin announced a mask mandate that will take effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. The mandate applies to indoor spaces as well as at outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people at facilities or parks run by the city.

Westport, Fairfield, Easton

Westport, Fairfield, and Easton have issued temporary town-wide mask mandates effective Aug. 23.

West Hartford

Officials have imposed a universal mask mandate, effective Aug. 20 now that the town has reached the “red zone” of community transmission.

Wethersfield

The town of Wethersfield has joined the more than dozen towns in Connecticut issuing its own indoor mask mandate amid the ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases.

The mask mandate will go into effect on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8 a.m.

In a letter to residents, Town Manager Gary Evans said the mandate includes businesses, restaurants, town buildings and meeting spaces that are indoors – regardless of vaccination status.

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