I hope you are healthy and safe. I am writing with an update on the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.
Connecticut DMV announces additional deadline extensions
Monday, the Connecticut Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that it has added to its list of extended deadlines for residents with expiring credentials. Eligible DMV credentials that expire between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 are automatically covered by this extension.
Deadlines have been extended for the following DMV-related items, click to view.
New Travel Requirements Begin as 31 States Are on Travel Advisory List
Starting on July 25th, a new process begins for travelers coming into Connecticut. Those traveling from any of the 31 states on the travel advisory list will have to fill out a health travel form and quarantine for 14 days, otherwise you’ll be subject to a $1,000 fine. A state is considered a hotspot if it has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
Currently, there are 31 states that meet these criteria. Please click here to learn more.
Higher Electricity Costs
I’ve gotten many calls from constituents asking why their electric bills are so much higher this month.
I am told that the increase in electric costs was scheduled for all Eversource customers as of July 1, 2020. The rate will be in effect from July 1 through the end of December 2020.
I find these electric rate hikes extremely egregious, especially considering we are still in a pandemic and many families are staying home to stay safe and cool during the hot months of summer.
I am calling on the General Assembly to bring Eversource in for a legislature hearing and demand answers to these outrageous rate hikes.
Read the latest story here.
Connecticut Coronavirus Portal
As a reminder, the state maintains a COVID-19 portal with case and fatality reports, business reopening guidelines, and much more.
Please access the site by visiting https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.