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Start Your Holiday Shopping Early!

When it comes to both celebrating and planning for the holiday season, New Haven has something for everyone. Whether it’s knocking out the Christmas list early or simply taking in some holiday cheer, the city’s vast array of renowned dining, retailers and virtual entertainment provides locals and visitors with ample opportunity to make the most of this season.

New Haven’s very walkable downtown transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays, and the numerous shops range from independently owned boutiques to national retailers, making it easy to find the perfect gift for everyone.
Shoppers who find themselves downtown this season can take advantage of shopping rewards offered by The Shops at Yale and the Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District starting November 1 and running through the end of December.
Spend $25 or more at participating retailers at The Shops at Yale and present a same day paper receipt to receive one free gourmet hot cocoa from Claire's Corner Copia (1000 Chapel Street) or from Blue State Coffee (276 York Street location only).
Spend $150 or more and present a same day paper receipt to receive one free designer face mask from Neville Wisdom Design Studio (27 Broadway) or free Louis Sherry Chocolates from dwell New Haven (1022 Chapel Street).
Free two-hour parking is available with a same day purchase of $25 or more from any retailer or restaurant at The Shops at Yale at the following surface lots; 56 Broadway, 255 Crown Street and 161 York Street. Simply present a receipt to the parking lot attendant when exiting.

Spend $10 or more at participating retailers in the Whitney-Audubon District and receive one free cupcake at Katalina's Bakery through December 31, 2020.
Details can be found at www.infonewhaven.com
Stay tuned for more holiday information from throughout the region.

Reopen CT Phase 2.1 Guidelines

The major changes that will occur under Phase 2.1 include:

  • Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
  • Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 9:30 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
  • Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
  • Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
  • Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
  • Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.

Travel Advisory Updated October 20, 2020
Anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to:

1.   Self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state
2.   Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results within three days of arrival to avoid quarantining
3.   Get tested in Connecticut and quarantine until receipt of negative test results

The list of impacted locations is updated on a weekly basis every Tuesday as the situation develops across the country.

Click here to see impacted states.

Residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are exempt from this advisory but are advised to avoid non-essential travel.

Travelers will now be required to complete a form upon entry into Connecticut stating their name, date of birth, state of origin, estimated length of stay and location while in Connecticut, as well as contact information. The form is required to be submitted to DPH and can be completed online by visiting ct.gov/travelform.
This newsletter is produced in collaboration with the South Central Regional Council of Governments. www.scrcog.org