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Capitol Update 2.3.2021

Posted on February 3, 2021 by admin


Last Thursday I hosted a “virtual” town hall meeting with a neighboring legislator, Representative Robin Green who serves the towns of Marlborough, Hebron, Andover, and Bolton. I would like to thank everyone from both districts who took the time to join us and share their comments, questions and concerns. As your Representatives in the General Assembly, it’s important for us to hear from you.

Update on Vaccine Distribution

Clinics across our state have currently administered over 425,000 doses of the vaccine including roughly 340,000 first doses and over 80,000 second doses. Currently we are in “Phase 1b” of distribution with scheduling currently open for those 75 and older. Scheduling is available online or over the phone Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line 877-918-2224 is available seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Due to high volume, hold times may vary. 211 Connecticut also has a directory to find clinics across the region.

Scheduling next:

  • Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74

Scheduling information coming soon:

  • Frontline essential workers
  • Individuals with an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness

Distribution Across Connecticut

Dining Curfew Extended to 11:00 p.m.

Earlier this week, the Governor announced that the 10:00 p.m. curfew for patrons to leave restaurants will be extended to 11:00 p.m. Effective February 2, the following business sectors will be subject to a 11:00 p.m. closing time 7 days per week:

  • Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 10:30 p.m., although takeout and delivery may continue)
  • 24-hour diners may reopen for indoor dining for breakfast at 5:00 a.m.
  • Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)
  • Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues

Business Sector Rules

Equity Match Grant Program for Women-Owned or Minority-Owned Businesses

The Women’s Business Development Council and the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) launched a new COVID-19 relief program for women-owned businesses / or minority-owned businesses in CT. The Equity Match Grant Program is designed to help businesses pivot, expand or restructure during the pandemic and beyond.

The application period is open now (Feb. 1), and continues through February 15th. Grants will range between $2,500 and $10,000 for clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on business. Applicants will be required to match 25% of the grant funding with their money. A recipient of a $10,000 grant must have invested, as a match, $2,500 in their business over the past 12 months or be able to invest an incremental $2,500 of their own funds in that purchase.

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The state continues to maintain a one-stop business resource portal with information on assistance and relief programs, as well as the latest workplace safety guidelines.

CT Landmarks Survey: Palmer-Warner House

Connecticut Landmarks (CTL), a state-wide network of historic house museums, is currently gathering input from the public about what people are interested in when visiting historic houses. This information will help us plan the future opening of the Palmer-Warner House in East Haddam.

Palmer-Warner Site Survey