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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 safety should be the state’s priority, it is unfortunate that the governor’s announcement to keep barbershops and hair salons closed came so close to the date they were scheduled to reopen.

DECD Launches Resource Page for Small Businesses

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has launched a resource page for small businesses preparing to reopen. This page is your “one-stop shop” for guidelines, best hygiene practices, and other reopening resources.

Please click here to access the page.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application is Now Available

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 mortgage rent, and utilities.

Please click here to access the forgiveness application form.

Governor Lamont Signs Executive Order 7PP

Governor Lamont yesterday issued his latest emergency executive order. Here are some highlights:

  • Extends restrictions on large gatherings, indoor gyms, and movie theaters until June 20;
  • Precludes day camps from beginning operations until June 22;
  • Prohibits summer school programs from beginning prior to July 6; and
  • Cancels overnight and resident camp operations for the duration of the public health emergency declaration.

The provisions in this order can be modified at any time.