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Capitol Update 11.10.2020

Posted on November 10, 2020 by admin


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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

As the coronavirus case numbers increase in our region, the state has implemented “Phase 2.1” reinstating certain restrictions on businesses and events. I am also sharing information on when and where to get tested, and information from the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding grants for small business.

“Phase 2.1” Reopening

Due to the increased spread of coronavirus, Connecticut has implemented “Phase 2.1” restrictions which rolls back some of the “Phase 3” reopening guidelines and re-imposes the 50% indoor capacity limit for restaurants and attendance caps on events. Guidelines and a comparison of “Phase 2.1” and “Phase 3” are available below:

Phase 2.1

Access to Coronavirus Testing

Testing sites have become more widely available across our state. 2-1-1 Connecticut has created a convenient searchable directory for COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations. To access this tool, click on the button below. Additionally, the Department of Public Health has published a frequently asked questions guide on testing.

Testing Locations

Testing FAQ

Small Business Assistance Grants

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a $50 million grant program to help our small businesses in Connecticut recover from the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. Eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant and all funds will be disbursed to approved applicants by December 30, 2020.

DECD estimates the online application will be available the week of November 9, 2020.  More information below:

CT CARES Small Business Grant

Preparing for the Holidays

The Department of Public Health (DPH) has put together some general recommendations and considerations for reducing risk during the holiday season.

DPH Holiday Guidance