NEW! Please see the document(s) below for important information.
Personal Services AND Hair Salons and Barbershops
Personal services requiring the removal of a customer’s face covering are allowed under the following conditions:
- All procedures requiring a customer to remove his/her mask must be performed by a single attendant wearing a mask that completely covers the nose and mouth, and a face shield that extends below the chin. Employees who for medical reasons or otherwise cannot wear a source control mask or face shield cannot perform these services.
- Time-limited procedures (e.g. procedures that can be completed in a few minutes like beard trimming, limited facial waxing, piercing, etc.) can be performed provided removal of the customer’s mask only occurs for the time necessary to complete the procedure on the parts of the face covered by the mask. For example, if upper lip and eyebrow waxing is to occur, the mask may be removed only for the portion of the service that involves the upper lip and must remain on for the other portions.
- Extended-time procedures (e.g. services that take more than just a few minutes to perform such as facials, make-up services, facial tattooing, electrolysis, etc.) can be performed provided removal of the customer’s mask only occurs during the active time of the service. Customers must wear facial coverings inside the spa until the service begins and must be replace them immediately after the procedure is finished. These procedures must be performed in a completely separate room with doors closed, and are limited to one attendant and one customer per room. A 15-minute vacancy period must be provided for individual rooms in between customers to allow for appropriate cleaning, disinfection, and air exchange inside the space.
Restaurants AND Outdoor Events
- Tents with two or more sides up, comprising 50% or more of their total wall space, may operate under Sector Rules for Outdoor Dining; space heaters must adhere to appropriate local permits and/or inspections
- Fully enclosed tents or tents with over 50% of their total wall space down will be treated as indoor dining and must conform to state and local building codes
BAR SEATING Bar seating is permitted so long as the following conditions are met:
- Staff working behind the bar follow all personal protection requirements; and
- Work behind the bar is limited to pouring/serving beverages, taking/processing orders, serving food, and delivering/picking up the bill. All mixing of drinks and other work performed behind the bar must be performed at a distance of 6 ft from customers seated at the bar or a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglas) must be used if within the 6 ft spacing; and
- The Plexiglas barrier must be at least 30 inches high and a gap/opening at the bottom of the barrier is allowed for food and drink service as long as the gap/opening is no more than 8 inches high.
- Parties must be seated at bars (no standing customer service), and parties must be spaced at least 6 ft from other parties or a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglas) must be used.
Sports, Fitness Centers, Gyms
- Drop in child care is allowed, with no more than 1 child per 35 square feet, or 10 children per classroom – whichever is fewer. Businesses should follow all other health and safety guidelines put forward by the OECD.
- Please click here for an announcement regarding Mosquitoes
- Guidelines for Foodservice Establishments to Safely Reopen after a Power Outage
- Guidance and Information for Child Care Operations
- Re-Opening of Hair Salons and Barbers Only, Info for Nail Salons
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information
Click here for official (COVID-19) information from the CDC
Click here for UPDATE 04/10/2020 GOVERNOR NED LAMONT EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7X
Extension of Closures, Distancing, and Safety Measures Through May 20, 2020 for schools, restaurants, bars, retail stores, gyms, barbershops, hair Salons, tattoo or piercing parlors.
Additional information from the CT Department of Public Health can be found here
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
on the State of Connecticut’s actions
related to COVID-19
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) are actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illness like pandemic influenza (flu). NPI’s are also known as community mitigation strategies. Click here for educational tools, resources, pandemic planning guides, checklists and select research about the types of NPI’s and how they work in different settings.
Click here for educational materials such as factsheets, videos and trainings on NPI’s that you can print, watch, act on and share with others.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 (twenty) seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
3-19-2020 Food Establishment update- click here
Attention Bristol-Burlington Health District licensed hair salons, nail salons, barbers and tattoo parlors:
This is an official message from the Bristol-Burlington Health District Director of Health:
All nail salons, hair salons, barbers and tattoo parlors are to close by 5 pm, Monday, March 16th, 2020. Facilities are to remain closed until further notice from the Bristol-Burlington Health District. Please check this website for updated information. Thank you
Attention Bristol-Burlington Health District licensed food service establishments:
This is an official message from the Bristol-Burlington Health District Director of Health:
All dine-in, sit down and bar areas must close immediately.
Phone in orders for delivery, curb side pick up and drive thru can continue, but the premises must remain closed to the public.
Customers cannot enter the establishment to place an order or pick up food that was ordered over the phone. Customers must wait in their cars for take-out orders to be delivered to them by the food establishment staff.
The food establishments must still adhere to basic food safety and handling procedures.
There must be an adequate supply of toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap for employees to use and cleaning and sanitizing chemicals for the surfaces and equipment within the facility.
Facilities are to remain closed until further notice from the Bristol-Burlington Health District. Please check this website for updated information. Thank you
Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time. 3/17/2020
A Message from the Director of Health
Welcome to our web site! We are adding additional features daily, but we invite you to explore our site at any time. Please use the search box to the right on each page to search for specific information. Also, go to the bottom of this page for more tips!
The Health District is Recruiting Volunteers for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.
BBHD is responsible for emergency disease outbreak response in Bristol and Burlington. During an emergency such as an epidemic of Influenza, the federal and state government may declare a Public Health Emergency. This might also be true if a terrorist group releases a dangerous bacteria or virus. The local Health Departments in Connecticut have plans in place to provide emergency protective measures such as vaccinations or medicines to ward off illnesses before they strike.
In order to do this, your local health department – Bristol-Burlington Health District –has developed a “Point of Distribution Plan” using Health District staff, volunteers and a local school as a Point of Distribution (POD) or “Clinic”. Supplies from federal Stockpiles will come to Connecticut and be distributed to local PODs by the state Health Department. This may take up to 24 hours. In the meantime, local health departments will organized their PODs and staff them with our employees and volunteers from the public (our city and town residents). The immunizations or pills must be distributed to our city and town residents within a matter of very few days! Our local health department will need many volunteers to help with the distribution, and BBHD is recruiting volunteers to help our staff. Prior experience is not necessary, nor is medical knowledge. A willingness to help our community and some time to give are all that are needed. A volunteer must be at least 18 years old.
If interested in volunteering in a Public Health emergency, and helping out during training drills, please contact BBHD with name, address, age, telephone number, cellphone number.
We are adding new addresses to our on-line records . You can now look for most Burlington septic system and private well records. Look to the right of this page to “E-search” and click on “Click Here!” to bring you to our digitalized site. Since this is an ongoing project, not all records will become immediately available.
Please Click here to read more about this.
As always, please feel free to contact members of the BBHD staff with your ideas and concerns. Our phone number is (860) 584-7682. We look forward to your calls!
Marco Palmeri, M.P.H., R.S.
Director of Health