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Capitol Update 6.18.2020

Posted on June 18, 2020 by admin


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Reopening Certification for Businesses

As a reminder, businesses that reopen are required to self-certify and commit to comply with the Sector Rules established to keep their employees and customers safe. Once completed, businesses will be provided with signage and a badge that can be voluntarily posted at the place of business or website. The self-certification process can be accessed online: https://business.ct.gov/recovery

Lifting Limits on Social Gatherings

Earlier this week, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7ZZ, which makes modifications to previous executive orders to allow for the second phase of reopening efforts and reduces restrictions on social gatherings.

Effective June 17:

  • Indoor private gatherings – 25 people
  • Outdoor gatherings – 100 people
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 25% of fire capacity and distancing (consistent with outdoor amusement parks)

Effective July 3:

  • Indoor private gatherings – 25 people
  • Outdoor private gatherings – 100 people, one-time exception for graduations at 150 people
  • Outdoor organized gatherings (e.g. fireworks, concerts in municipal parks) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, cap of 500 people; event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 25% of fire capacity and distancing

Effective mid-July (date to be determined):

  • Indoor private gatherings – 50 people
  • Outdoor private gatherings (including graduations) – 250 people
  • Outdoor organized gatherings (e.g. fireworks, concerts in municipal parks) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, no cap; event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 50% of fire capacity and distancing

What’s Open

The state maintains a helpful guide on the main coronavirus portal that lists what attractions, services and establishments are now open, and links to restrictions and safety regulations.

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

Announcement from SBA – Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The Federal Small Business Administration recently announced the reopening of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to eligible applications that experienced economic impacts due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the SBA, the “EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.”

SBA Connecticut District Office

Disaster Loan Applications