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COVID-19 Update – June 1

Posted on June 1, 2020 by hbrooks


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Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Release Plan for Fall Semester 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 in the system will be delivered in

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COVID-19 Update – May 29

Posted on May 29, 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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Honoring the Fallen this Memorial Day

Posted on May 23, 2020 by hbrooks


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Each May, Monroe and Newtown come together to honor the heroic sacrifice of the men and women in uniform who died in service to our nation. We celebrate their lives with ceremonies, parades, and gatherings in observance of our shared belief in freedom and democracy for all. It is a solemn yet hopeful display of patriotism in our perpetual quest for a better and brighter future.

This year, amid a new challenge we face together, we will not commemorate this national holiday with due pomp and circumstance;

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COVID-19 Update – May 22

Posted on May 22, 2020 by hbrooks


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Emergency Unemployment Letters Mailed to Potential Claimants

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced yesterday that it will begin mailing instruction letters today to approximately 77,000 individuals who have been identified as potentially eligible to apply for 13 weeks of emergency extended unemployment benefits. This Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a federal program that extends the 26 weeks of regular state unemployment insurance (UI) to 39 weeks.

Approximately 65,000 letters

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COVID-19 Update – Phases 2 and 3 Reopening Plans

Posted on May 21, 2020 by hbrooks


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I hope you are safe and healthy. I am writing with an update on the state’s phased reopening plan and a notice from the Dept. of Transportation of plans for traffic signal revisions in Monroe.

Gov. Lamont Releases New Details of State’s Phased Reopening Plan

At his daily press conference yesterday, Governor Lamont released new details of the state’s phased reopening plan that extends through the summer. The plan proceeds in three phases: Phase 1, which took effect yesterday; Phase 2, which will take

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COVID-19 Business Reopening Resources

Posted on May 20, 2020 by hbrooks


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With today’s reopening of many business sectors across the state, numerous state agencies have put out resources and rules for businesses and patrons to reference. Below, you will find links to many of these guidances, 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)

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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DECD Launches Self-Certification for Businesses Opening on May 20

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has launched the online self-certification tool for businesses that are opening on May 20 under state’s Phase 1 reopening process.

In order to open, businesses must self-certify and commit to comply with the sector rules established by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group to keep their employees and customers safe. The process will only take a few minutes. Once

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Roadwork on Rt. 111 in Monroe

Posted on May 13, 2020 by hbrooks


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that an asphalt rubber chip seal project will begin on Route 111 in Monroe from 1.32 miles south of Roosevelt Road to 0.44 miles south of East Village Road.

All work is “weather permitting” and is scheduled to start Monday, May 18, 2020. Construction is expected to conclude on Thursday, October 15.

The roadway construction will involve existing pavement surface patching and crack sealing; removal and installation of line striping; replacement

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COVID-19 Update – May 12

Posted on May 12, 2020 by hbrooks


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I hope you had a safe and healthy weekend. I am writing with an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a reminder, the state maintains a portal with up-to-date statistics on infections, fatalities, and hospitalizations.

Gov. Lamont Releases Rules for Businesses Opening May 20th 

Governor Ned Lamont’s administration has released guidelines and rules for businesses allowed to open on May 20 under the state’s phase 1 reopening plan. Phase 1 includes hair salons and barbershops;

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