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Coronavirus Update (3/16) and Resources

Posted on March 16, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

The Connecticut Department of Labor has created a helpful informational FAQ for employees and employers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Click Here. This information guidance includes information about unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and absences, wages and hours, and family medical leave.

The Latest from the Governor:

Earlier today (3/16) Governor Lamont, alongside the Governor’s of New York and New Jersey announced a uniform policy limiting crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to a maximum of 50 people. Additionally, the three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. Movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers have also been instructed to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight.

Read the Announcement: Click Here

This order does not apply to all businesses. For example, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other stores can remain open at this time.

Sunday (3/15) Update: Click Here

Cancelling classes at public schools throughout the entire state effective Tuesday, March 17 and lasting through at least March 31.

Saturday (3/14) Update: Click Here

Friday (3/13) Update: Click Here

Other Helpful Information:

Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs: Attorney General William Tong announced today that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has granted an emergency moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water utility shut-offs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of the Attorney General filed a formal petition Thursday seeking to cease all utility service terminations for a 30 day period subject to renewal to ensure all residents may safely remain home during the epidemic. Click Here.

Governor Lamont is requesting the Small Business Administration issue a declaration enabling Connecticut’s small business owners to receive disaster assistance.

The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing deadline for certain annual state business tax returns. Please regularly check the DRS website to determine how this may affect you. Click Here.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) has compiled a collection of guidance, resources, and information for employers. Click Here.

Stay Informed:

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including guidance and other resources, all residents in the state are encouraged to visit  https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus. This website is updated daily with the latest information from the Governor and state agencies.

Please share this information widely!

Thank you,

Tim Ackert

State Representative 8th District  – Coventry, Columbia, Tolland, Vernon

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Tim.Ackert@housegop.ct.gov.You can also follow my legislative activity on my website at www.RepAckert.com.