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New Tri-State Area Travel Advisory

Posted on June 25, 2020 by hbrooks


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Yesterday, Governor Lamont issued a joint travel advisory with our neighboring states of New York and New Jersey. It requires travelers arriving from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.

This self-quarantine, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night, applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or any state reporting a 10 percent positivity rate, or higher, over a 7-day

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Updated Guidance on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

Posted on June 17, 2020 by hbrooks


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Yesterday, the governor issued Executive Order 7ZZ, which makes modifications to previous executive orders to allow for today’s Phase 2 reopening efforts (click here to learn more about which sectors are able to expand operations today). The state has also released new guidance on indoor and outdoor gatherings to be implemented using the following timeline:

Effective June 17:

  • Indoor private gatherings – 25 people
  • Outdoor gatherings – 100 people
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks)

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Scheduled Closures of Route 133 over the Housatonic River in Brookfield

Posted on June 17, 2020 by hbrooks


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing two scheduled weekend closures of Route 133 over the Housatonic River in Brookfield. The first closure date will take place Friday, June 19, 2020, at 10 PM until 5 AM, Monday morning, June 21, 2020. The second closure will take place Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10 PM, until 5 AM, Monday morning June 28, 2020.

The scheduled closures are necessary to facilitate construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of the bridge that carries

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COVID-19 Update – June 9

Posted on June 9, 2020 by hbrooks


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State’s Phase 2 Reopening Scheduled for June 17

Governor Ned Lamont recently announced that Connecticut’s second phase of reopening initially scheduled for June 20 will begin three days early on June 17. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has published specific guidelines and best practices for each business sector in order to safely reopen. Businesses are not required to reopen; the decision to reopen rests with individual business owners.

Phase 2 reopening rules by sector:

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COVID-19 Update – June 2

Posted on June 2, 2020 by hbrooks


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Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Release Plan for Reopening

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) has announced that it plans to reopen its 16 campuses this fall. This means that the four universities can start bringing residential and commuter students to their campuses on Monday, August 24 and that the 12 community colleges can begin offering in-person courses beginning June 1 for certain students. All classroom content will be delivered in a variety of in-person, online,

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COVID-19 Business Reopening Update

Posted on May 21, 2020 by hbrooks


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With yesterday’s reopening of many business sectors across the state, numerous state agencies have put out resources, guidance, and rules for businesses and patrons to reference. Below, you will find links to many of these guidelines, along with some general resources you may find helpful as you navigate the state’s phased reopening.

Department of Agriculture (DoAg)

Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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COVID-19 Update – May 15

Posted on May 15, 2020 by hbrooks


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Connecticut Bankers Association Provides Update on Paycheck Protection Program

Last week, the Connecticut Bankers Association made the most recent Connecticut-specific Paycheck Protection Program data available for public view. As of last Friday, 34,629 loans and $2,725,531,573 have been approved for Connecticut businesses.

In addition, the nationwide burn rate of dollars available for PPP loans has slowed dramatically, and there should be enough operational funding to keep the program running for

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COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers

Posted on March 18, 2020 by hbrooks


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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to make headlines, a great deal of uncertainty has been injected into the lives of business owners and workers, many of whom have been left, indefinitely, without pay or health benefits.

Still, there are many options and resources available to business owners and workers as they navigate these tumultuous economic conditions, and to that end I have dedicated this page to be constantly updated with the newest information for these parties as it

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COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families

Posted on March 13, 2020 by hbrooks


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The outbreak of COVID-19 is weighing heavily on our minds of late as the number of confirmed cases in Connecticut has grown with more readily-available testing capabilities and public health officials warning of the potential for widespread community transmission.

In response, the governor, in concurrence with legislative leadership, has declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies that enable the government to take specific, swift actions deemed necessary to protect the health and safety

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Eversource Helicopter Inspections

Posted on February 14, 2020 by hbrooks


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Eversource is currently conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights of way throughout Connecticut, including in Brookfield, Bethel, and Danbury.

This semiannual inspection enables Eversource to continue providing reliable electric service to our area. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

The aerial inspections start today and continue through

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