Posted on May 19, 2020 by admin
Friends and Neighbors,
In press releases and during his nightly press briefing, Governor Lamont announced Executive Order 7PP.
He also announced the Reopen CT Advisory Group will hold a roundtable discussion tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to ask questions via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Lamont rolled back his earlier decision regarding hair salons and barbershops and removed them from Phase 1 of the reopening plan scheduled to begin on Wednesday. He said they would be allowed to open in June.
To watch the full video of the governor’s afternoon press conference, please click here:
More information and the governor’s full press release can be read here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-May-18
Executive Order No. 7PP enacts the following provisions:
State releases online guide to support the reopening of small businesses
Governor Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut has released an online guide to help small businesses comply with COVID-19 safety guidance and manage the broader reopening process. The Small Business Reopening Resource Guide can be accessed by visiting the state’s coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus and clicking the “Business” section, or accessed directly by clicking here.
It includes valuable information in the following areas:
The guide will continue to be updates as new information develops. A Spanish-language version is in development and will soon be available.
Businesses reminded to verify insurance coverage during reopening
Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Andrew N. Mais and Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman are reminding business owners of the importance of checking to make sure their insurance coverage accurately reflects any changed circumstances as they moved to comply with the state’s reopening plans.
The Insurance Department is strongly encouraging businesses or residents who have questions or concerns regarding their insurance coverage during the phased reopening of businesses to reach out to their insurance agent, broker, or carrier.
Consumers, insurers, and brokers who have questions can contact the Insurance Department directly through email at email@example.com, through the department’s website, or through telephone at 1-800-203-3447 or 860-297-3900.
For more information, read the press release issued today by the Connecticut Insurance Department.
Governor Lamont Announces Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group to Hold Community Roundtable Tuesday at 2PM
Members of the Public Encouraged to Submit Questions Related to the Impact of COVID-19 on Their Communities
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s community committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. regarding how best to balance health and economic outcomes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for those who are among the state’s most vulnerable populations.
Members of the public who have questions for the panel can email their inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The discussion will be broadcast live by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and available to watch on its cable television channel and through a live stream on CT-N.com.
Some of the members of the advisory group’s community committee who are anticipated to participate in this roundtable include:
The Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group is a panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts who are consulting with the Lamont administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system as the nation emerges from the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The group is providing Governor Lamont with recommendations, which the governor is using to inform his decisions on the reopening of the state.
Governor Lamont and Governor Raimondo to Align Hair Salon and Barber Shop Reopenings in Early June
(HARTFORD, CT) – As their administrations continue developing strategies for the safe reopening of sectors of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.
Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20, however Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses he feels that it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.
Governor Lamont said, “We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.”
Governor Raimondo said, “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely. We look forward to continuing to coordinate with our regional partners are we work toward reopening these businesses in early June.”
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-and-Governor-Raimondo-to-Align-Hair-Salon-and-Barber-Shop-Reopenings-in-Early-June
Governor Lamont Releases Dental Guidance Agreed Upon by Working Group of Dentists, Hygienists, and Assistants
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today released the guidance document that was developed through a collaborative working group organized by his administration and provides best practices for dentist offices that are considering expanding their operations beyond emergency care in the coming days.
During the pandemic, dentist offices have been considered an essential business by the Lamont administration and were never ordered to close, however following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental offices were strongly advised to temporarily limit their practices to urgent and emergency dental care. As several other sectors of the economy begin preparations to reopen on May 20, some dental practices in the state indicated their intention to resume elective services on that date, and dental hygienists and assistants contacted the Lamont administration asking for more guidance.
To help address those concerns, Governor Lamont directed leadership at the Connecticut Department of Public Health to convene a working group of dental professionals representing dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dentists. The group recently met through video conferencing over a five-day period, and reached a consensus on the final guidance document.
“Having representatives from each of these groups collaboratively develop these protocols was an important step forward so that all of their concerns could be heard and addressed,” Governor Lamont said. “The success of this effort is owed to each member’s extensive and continuous hard work, commitment to professionalism, advocacy for their constituencies, and common goal of protecting the health and safety of the dental workforce and patients. Our group of professionals at the Department of Public Health have been incredibly thorough and thoughtful during this pandemic, and this is yet another example of their incredible hard work on behalf of the residents of our state.”
Representatives on the working group included:
More information can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Releases-Dental-Guidance
Wednesday, May 20th marks the governor’s first phase for non-essential businesses to reopen in the state. The reopening guidelines specify that restaurants, museums and zoos, offices and certain retail locations, including malls, can begin to reopen with some restrictions.
The decision to reopen remains with the individual business, however, if they choose to open they must abide by published guidelines.
DECD requires businesses self-certify before opening on May 20
The Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Sector Rules and Certification for May 20th Reopen includes a Self-Certification Process for businesses that plan to open on that date.
According to the DECD website, “… all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system can be accessed here.”
When the process is complete, businesses will be provided with signage and a badge that can be voluntarily posted at the place of business or on their website.
The application is available here: Certification Online Application
More information is available on the DECD website.
As of 4:00 p.m. tonight – Monday, May 18th – the state is reporting a total of 38116 cases of Coronavirus. Updated virus totals and Town-by-Town statistics can be accessed here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
The total statewide number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 3449.
*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).
Latest COVID-19 Testing Data in Connecticut
Updated 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020
Total patients who tested positive: 38116
Fairfield County: 14436
Hartford County: 8957
Litchfield County: 1280
Middlesex County: 936
New Haven County: 10338
New London County: 876
Tolland County: 735
Windham County: 322
Pending address validation: 236