Phase One of Reopening Begins

Posted on May 21, 2020 by admin


Dear Friends,

Phase One of the governor’s reopening plan begins today. This applies to offices, retail and malls, outdoor-only seating for restaurants, and the outdoor sections of zoos and museums.

This week, the governor also issued Executive Order 7PP, which repeals some of the previous executive orders restricting certain business operations. Specifically, the order extends restrictions on large gatherings, indoor gyms, and movie theaters until June 20. The order also states that summer schools may not begin until at least July 6, and day camps are not permitted to open until June 22 at the earliest. Overnight and resident camp operations will not be allowed to operate for the duration of the public health emergency.

As a reminder, hair salons and barbershops, which were originally included under the Phase One reopening, will now be allowed to reopen on June 1. This decision was made by the governor to align the reopening of Connecticut hair salons and barbershops with Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Please note: Businesses eligible to participate in the Phase One reopening must complete the self-certification form.

Here are some useful resources for you and your business as we begin the process of reopening Connecticut:

  • DECD Resource Page for Small Businesses: Click Here

  • General Business Rules: Click Here

  • Guidelines by Sector: Opening May 20, 2020

  • Guidelines by Sector: Opening June 1, 2020

    • Hair Salons & Barbershops (June 1): Click Here

  • Guidance for Equestrian Facilities: Click Here

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has published the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application. Please note that all borrowers applying for forgiveness should submit this application directly to their lenders.

As a reminder, borrowers are eligible for full loan forgiveness if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on a mortgage, rent, and utilities.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application: Click Here

Grants for CT Arts Organizations

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants are available to help these important cultural organizations during the pandemic. Eligible non-profit arts organizations can apply for these one-time grants, which range from $1,500 to $3,000. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Additional Resources

These are the best resources available from the local, state, federal, and global level. They are updated regularly and contain important information to help keep you and your families safe.


World Health Organization: Click Here


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Click Here


State of Connecticut Web Portal: Click Here


Town of Greenwich: Click Here

Sign up for updates from First Selectman Camillo: Click Here

City of Stamford: Click Here

Sign up for Updates from Mayor Martin’s Office: Click Here

City of Stamford Business Info Page for COVID-19: Click Here

Stamford Health COVID-19 Hotline: (203) 276-4111

Latest COVID-19 Data for CT

  • Confirmed Statewide COVID-19 Cases: 39,017

  • Patients Currently Hospitalized Statewide with COVID-19: 887

  • Confirmed Statewide COVID-19 Fatalities: 3,529

  • Confirmed Fairfield County Cases: 14,719 

  • Confirmed Fairfield County Fatalities: 1,167

  • Confirmed Greenwich Cases: 760

  • Confirmed Stamford Cases: 3,063

This information is current as of noon on 5/20/2020.

Click here to read more.

As always, never hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns about the state and local response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or any state government matter. I am more than happy to speak with you directly, provide more information if possible, and to serve as a resource for you and your family.

Warm regards,




State Representative Livvy Floren

149th General Assembly District

Greenwich & Stamford