Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin
Tomorrow, July 1, Connecticut will resume collection of the $0.10 tax on single use plastic bags. This tax was temporarily lifted in March during the height of the pandemic to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through items such as reusable shopping bags. The original executive order (7N) also allowed grocery store employees to refuse bagging items for customers who were using reusable plastic bags.
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Posted on June 26, 2020 by admin
Distance learning has allowed our educators to continue doing their very important jobs during the height of this pandemic, but it has also presented challenges. Dealing with internet issues, difficulty accessing electronic devices, and other technology barriers, many teachers, parents, and students have found themselves limited in what can be accomplished online. Generally speaking, the virtual classrooms, while necessary, have not provided the same experience as in-person…
Posted on June 9, 2020 by admin
The Lamont administration has released rules for businesses included in the state’s Phase Two reopening plan, which begins on June 17. The documents below contain sector-specific rules for reopening, including requirements for physical distancing, spatial capacity, hygiene and sanitation, personal protective equipment, and more.
Here are the documents by sector:
Posted on June 7, 2020 by admin
I have a few updates regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but first, I would like to address what has been happening in our state and across the country for the past week.
The killing of George Floyd has left so many of us frustrated and angry. To hear of another person suffering at the hands of those who are sworn to protect us is beyond disheartening. It is clear that our nation continues to struggle with racism, and this heinous act, like those before it, reveal…
Posted on May 25, 2020 by admin
On this Memorial Day weekend, please remember the more than 1.3 million American soldiers who have died for our freedom and our way of life. We, as citizens of this great country, will always be bound together by our shared belief in personal liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and a better life for all.
Unfortunately, the usual pomp and circumstance surrounding this holiday will take a new form this year as parades and in-person ceremonies have been deemed not safe.
While our annual…
Posted on May 13, 2020 by admin
Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s business committee will hold a roundtable discussion tomorrow, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The members will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community. 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…
Posted on May 8, 2020 by admin
The Connecticut Department of Labor (CT DOL) has announced that the full application (steps one and two) for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available. PUA is unemployment assistance for self-employed individuals and others who are not eligible for traditional unemployment benefits through the state.
Here is a brief summary of the two-step process to apply for…
Posted on May 5, 2020 by admin
Today is International Firefighters’ Day, and this year, it carries special significance. While most of us are able to work remotely from the safety of our homes, frontline workers do not have that option. To honor our local firefighters and all first responders, healthcare professionals, and other essential workers, I hope you will join me in thanking them for their ongoing…
Posted on May 2, 2020 by admin
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions across the United States, and here in Connecticut, we have experienced our fair share of hardships. Thousands have contracted the virus, many have been hospitalized, and, tragically, over 2,300 lives have been lost. As if this weren’t difficult enough, the unprecedented economic impact of this public health crisis has left…
Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin
The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have announced their appointments to the multi-state council to restore the regional economy. This group is separate from the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, which will focus on similar efforts…