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Phase 3 Reopening Delay & Roadwork in Madison

Posted on July 8, 2020 by hbrooks


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Governor Delays Phase 3 Reopening Indefinitely

Earlier this week, Governor Lamont announced that his administration would be delaying the state’s Phase 3 reopening – which would have included bars and increased outdoor event capacity to 250 people – indefinitely.

This delay is indefinite and comes as a precaution, as several other states have seen surges in COVID-19 cases.

To watch the governor’s full press conference on Monday and learn more about this announcement, please click here.

As a reminder,

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Dept. of Education Releases Roadmap for Reopening K-12 Schools in the Fall

Posted on July 1, 2020 by hbrooks


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Earlier this week, Governor Lamont released the state’s roadmap for reopening schools in the fall. The plan will allow all school districts in the state to deliver full-time, in-person classes and includes COVID-19 mitigation, containment, and monitoring strategies for districts to implement. The roadmap also includes contingency plans for class cancellation should Connecticut see a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The plan features five operational considerations: cohorting, social distancing and facilities,

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Resumption of DMV Services and New Tri-State Area Travel Advisory

Posted on June 25, 2020 by hbrooks


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Limited Resumption of DMV Services

Governor Lamont has announced limited DMV in-person reopening beginning this week. Services are available in-person, by appointment only.

All DMV in-person services now require an appointment. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Select services are also accessible online.

Drop-off services are available for select services (limited hours) at the DMV’s

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COVID-19 Update – June 19

Posted on June 19, 2020 by hbrooks


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Small Business Administration Renews Disaster Loan Program

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 COVID-19 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.

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COVID-19 Update – June 8

Posted on June 8, 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 3

Posted on June 3, 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 Update & Roadwork in Madison

Posted on May 28, 2020 by hbrooks


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Gov. Lamont Releases “Roadmap for Reopening Connecticut”

In a press update earlier this week, Governor Lamont released a “Roadmap for Reopening Connecticut” document with details on Phases 2 & 3 of the state’s reopening strategy, as well as a progress report on the state’s reopening criteria (e.g. testing capacity, Personal Protective Equipment availability, etc.).

To access the document, please click here.

Barbershops and Hair Salons to Reopen on June 1

After delaying the initial reopening date,

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COVID-19 Business Reopening Resources

Posted on May 22, 2020 by hbrooks


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With Wednesday’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 19

Posted on May 19, 2020 by hbrooks


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State Prepares for First Phase of Business Reopenings on May 20

Beginning tomorrow, May 20, some businesses will be allowed to open, including restaurants with outdoor seating, offices, outdoor museums and zoos, and retail shops and malls.

Please click here for sector-by-sector guides on reopening.

Note that barbershops and hair salons, which were previously allowed to open, are no longer part of this Phase 1 reopening plan. This decision was made by the governor yesterday. While I do believe public

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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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