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June 5 COVID-19 Update: Here’s What Connecticut’s Businesses Need to Know

As the news surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, our team at blumshapiro is staying focused on answering the local business community’s most pressing questions. As of Friday, June 5, 2020, here are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know.

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As the news surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, our team at blumshapiro is staying focused on answering the local business community’s most pressing questions. As of Friday, June 5, 2020, here are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know.

As the news surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, our team at blumshapiro is staying focused on answering the local business community’s most pressing questions. Below are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know:

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, here are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know. To view last week’s updates, click here

The Latest News

Real-time updates: Industry-by-Industry 

Our team at blumshapiro is working every day to provide you with the latest information pertaining to the individual industries in which you operate. You can find real-time updates within the following links:

Our firm’s complete suite of COVID-19 webinars, articles and federal and state guidelines can be found by clicking here.

Latest State of Connecticut COVID Guidance 


  • Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation for any reason is strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Phase 1 of Connecticut’s Reopen Plan began on May 20, 2020. Here are the sector rules that apply to businesses in this phase.

Read the latest guidance HERE.

Gov. Lamont moves up ‘phase 2’ reopening in Connecticut, says indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theaters can open June 17.

Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday he was moving up the date to June 17 to allow the re-opening of restaurants, movie theaters and gyms because the coronavirus has become more contained in Connecticut.

READ the Latest

Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know here.

Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings are limited to 25% of capacity or up to 100 people indoors, and a maximum of 150 people outdoors.

Face Coverings: When in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, face coverings are required to be worn. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businesses. To make a face covering at home, watch this video from the CDC.

 

ROADMAP for REOPENING CONNECTICUT

READ the Governor’s report HERE.

Businesses:

Connecticut businesses will be allowed to reopen in planned phases. But before you can open your doors, you must self-certify that you are following strict safety guidelines to keep your employees and customers safe.

Self-Certify Now

See if your business is eligible to open now.

See the full list of self-certified businesses.

Connecticut News Recap: Week of June 1, 2020

Coronavirus leaves the state’s food distribution industry in flux

The coronavirus has created major disruption in the food industry in recent months, and although grocery stores and restaurants have garnered much of the public’s attention, food distributors — which serve everything from eateries and supermarkets to college and grade-school cafeterias — have also seen significant upheaval. Hartford Business Journal – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

CSCU to reopen community colleges Monday, universities Aug. 24

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system will begin allowing its 12 community colleges to resume in-person courses Monday, and will let residential and commuter students on the campuses of its four universities Aug. 24, 2020. Hartford Business Journal – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

State’s tourism and entertainment businesses prep for June 20 reopening

Connecticut’s second phase of business reopenings after the coronavirus outbreak will emphasize entertainment and tourism as summer approaches. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, outdoor amusement parks and indoor museums are among those preparing to reopen June 20, although likely with a significantly different feel. Hartford Courant – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

CT bioscience companies among global leaders in COVID-19 vaccine, treatment development

Connecticut bioscience companies are among the global leaders in COVID-19 vaccine and treatment development as the state faces one of the country’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks. Hartford Business Journal – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

CT hospital CEOs reflect on COVID-19 surge, look ahead to uncertain future

Hospitals are typically competitive when it comes to their respective turf, but the COVID-19 pandemic presented an unprecedented situation that required care providers to act in the common interest.

Hartford Business Journal – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

Barbershops, hair salons, casinos reopen today

After being closed for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, barbershops and hair salons will open on Monday, June 1, 2020. CT Post – June 1, 2020

READ the article HERE.

Coronavirus pandemic hit CT tourism sector hard

The road to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic can’t be built fast enough for Connecticut’s beleaguered leisure and travel industry. CT Post – June 1, 2020
READ the article HERE.

Lembo: Pandemic-related job losses, closures lead to projected $619.9M deficit

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is predicting a $619.9 million deficit for the fiscal year that ends on June 30. With people out of work and most businesses closed for nearly three months because of COVID-19, receipts from both the sales and income tax are down, and the delayed filing date for taxes has added to budget uncertainty, he said in his monthly financial update. Hartford Courant – June 2, 2020

READ the article HERE.  

CT housing dept. lands $16.2M in COVID-19 relief funding

Connecticut’s housing department has been awarded $16.2 million in federal funding to provide immediate and long-term services for residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Hartford Business Journal – June 2, 2020

READ the article HERE. 

Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Statewide COVID-19 Seroprevalence Project to Track Pandemic Infection Data in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering in a first-of-its-kind, statewide project to quantify the spread of COVID-19 within the state by conducting a seroprevalence study of 1,400 randomized, representative Connecticut residents. June 2, 2020

READ the article HERE.

Gov. Lamont extends unemployment benefits to workers vulnerable to the coronavirus, drawing fire from businesses association Hartford Courant – June 2, 2020

READ the article HERE.

Hartford Foundation Announces Ninth Round of Grants from COVID-19 Response Fund

“This latest round of grants from the Fund not only includes resources to provide food and other basic needs, but also support for youth development opportunities, support for our refugee community, cleaning and other facility modifications to allow organizations to open their doors, legal services to protect and support abused and neglected children and support for local school districts to reduce the negative academic impact of school closures,” said Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams. MetroHartford Alliance – June 3, 2020

READ the article HERE.

Lamont is ready to give towns their first share of federal relief funds

The debate over how much federal pandemic aid should be shared with Connecticut’s municipalities is coming down to one obvious-yet-complex question: What exactly is a coronavirus-related expense? Hartford Business Journal – June 3, 2020

READ the article HERE.

CTDOT gets nearly $225M in federal funds for transit expenses

The Federal Transit Administration awarded Connecticut’s Department of Transportation $224.3 million to cover COVID-19-related expenses for rail and bus operations. Hartford Business Journal – June 4, 2020

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Report: U.S. housing market begins rebound from COVID-19 fallout

Although COVID-related challenges remain, America’s home buying market likely hit its low point in mid-April as new listings and median prices began to recover to end the month, according to a new report. Hartford Business Journal – June 4, 2020

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Nearly 43 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits during the pandemic

Millions of Americans again filed for unemployment benefits last week, as the coronavirus recession drags on. Hartford Business Journal – June 4, 2020

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CT and Dalio Philanthropies to formally dissolve education partnership on Friday

Representatives of the state and hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio’s philanthropic arm will meet Friday to formally dissolve their partnership to bolster Connecticut’s low-performing schools. Hartford Business Journal – June 4, 2020

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Governor Lamont Establishes Program to Reimburse Towns and Cities for Expenses Related to COVID-19 – June 5, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is establishing the Connecticut Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund Program, which will set a process by which municipal governments will receive reimbursements from the state using the federally supported Coronavirus Relief Fund to offset their expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ the article HERE. 

Coronavirus daily updates: Numbers to know as Connecticut passes 4,000 deathsConnecticut passed a grim COVID-19 milestone Thursday, reaching 4,000 coronavirus-linked deaths over the course of the state’s outbreak. Hartford Courant – June 5, 2020

READ the article HERE.

blumshapiro Content and Resources Recap:

During these challenging times, we understand that businesses are facing a significant number of new operational and financial stressors during the COVID-19 disruption. Many are dealing with disruptions to customer demand and supply chains, workforce and labor issues, and new risks to business processes and information systems.

That is why we created blumshapiro’s Coronavirus Resource Page on our website so we can help our clients identify what they need to do now, what they need to do in the future and new actions that they may want to take to address business disruption. We will be constantly updating our content with the most recent and helpful information.

We hope you find information and news surrounding COVID-19 useful and informative. Please select the direct links below to view state and local information as well as federal updates, industry-related topics and business resources.

New Content – WEEK OF JUNE 1, 2020

As a reminder, please visit our Covid-19 Resource Center for our full library of content, which includes the latest federal legislation, state & local updates, industry-specific information and other business resources. We will be constantly updating our content with the most recent and helpful information.

  • Article: Highlights of H.R. 7010: Senate Passes Modifications to the Paycheck Protection Plan
    • READ the article HERE.
  • Article: Updates for Employers: Fraudulent Claims and New State Legislations Enacted
    • READ the article HERE.

Additional Resources for Connecticut Businesses

We will be providing regular updates over the next several weeks as new developments are made available. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you with your tax and business advisory needs.

In the meantime, you can refer to the following state agencies and associations for the latest information:

Providing information to Connecticut residents 

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

State of Connecticut Frequently Asked Questions 

Get answers to Connecticut’s commonly asked questions by clicking here.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

DECD NEW BRIDGE LOAN-APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE:

To provide emergency cash flow relief to small businesses and non-profits negatively impacted by the coronavirus, Connecticut is now offering qualifying organizations with 100 or fewer employees access to no-interest loans.

Under the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, a qualifying business or non-profit organization can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is lesser).

This $25 million short-term emergency loan program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will be administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and expedited with the administrative and underwriting support of Connecticut Innovations.

DECD’s COVID-19 BUSINESS EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNIT

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance to Connecticut’s small businesses for this purpose.

CONNECTICUT DRS

“The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has responded quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect our employees and the taxpayers we serve. We have followed directives from Governor Lamont as well as guidance from the CDC. Although there is no good time for a crisis, these events are unfolding during income tax filing season, making it much more challenging. Public service is at the heart of the DRS mission, and our team of tax professionals remains ready to serve during these difficult times.”

STATE OF CONNECTICUT INSURANCE DEPARTMENT

For the most up to date information from the State of Connecticut Insurance Department please click here.

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital.

Small businesses and non-profit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information on how your company can apply, please click here to go directly to the launch page.

Below are some additional resources provided by the SBA to explain this process:

An important piece of the $2 trillion package is the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the CARES Act that offers businesses immediate access to liquidity through a new loan program tied to prior-year payroll. Loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program are backed 100% by the federal government.

PPP AND EIDL ADDITIONAL FUNDING APPROVED

“The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.”

“We encourage all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously. All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply. Borrowers should carefully review PPP regulations and guidance and the certifications required to obtain a loan.”

These programs have been re-funded so they will open again Monday, April 27, for new applications. If you applied to the SBA for the EIDL and got a number, you should not have to refile again. If you applied for a PPP and did not get the loan yet, you should call your lender and confirm that your application is still pending.

Business Interruption Insurance 

A business interruption insurance policy should list or describe the types of events it covers. Events that are not described in the policy are typically not covered. It is important to review the policy exclusions, coverage limits and applicable deductibles with your agent, broker or insurer. The Connecticut Insurance Department has an FAQ that provides more information.

CT DOL Resource Page

The Connecticut DOL stands ready to assist with questions about unemployment insurance, paid sick and safe leave or other programs and resources available through State programs. Learn more about what benefits your business may be eligible for:

LEARN MORE: Complete information from CT DOL (CT Department of Labor)

Health Insurance – Access to Health CT

Important Update About the New Special Enrollment Period.

Website: Access Health CT

How You Can Help

Donations of Personal Protective Equipment 

At the direction of Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the State of Connecticut has activated a framework for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection that are utilized by people providing health care services.

Members of the public, businesses, and philanthropic organizations that are able to donate these vital materials are urged to contact the State of Connecticut by filling out the online form located at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.

The state is partnering with the nonprofit organization United Way 2-1-1 of Connecticut to collect this information, and they will work to ensure that these generous donations can get to the appropriate hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The specific items being requested at this time by the state at this time include:

  • N95 Respirators
  • Face Masks/Surgical Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Surgical Gowns
  • Gloves (nitrile, or non-latex)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermometer Covers (if applicable to type of thermometer)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Other Medical Items

Governor Lamont encourages residents to sign up for the state’s CTAlert notification system

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Governor Lamont: State and Nonprofit Partners Expand Volunteer Recruitment Efforts for COVID-19 Response

Governor Ned Lamont today said that the State of Connecticut and its nonprofit partners are continuing to seek volunteers willing to help communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The state’s volunteer recruitment effort is being expanded to bolster the ranks of volunteers needed at nonprofits that offer support to children and adults in programs for intellectual disabilities and behavioral health settings, as well as organizations that support senior citizens.

  • Anyone interested in volunteering to help their communities in this effort can sign up by visiting gov/coronavirus and clicking the “Volunteers” link. Those interested will be matched with a community provider in need based on their personal interests and abilities.

Shout Out To Helping Hands

We have created a social media campaign to share within our local communities to let them know what your business/organization is doing for others within your communities. To connect with us to let us know what you are doing, please visit our Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter pages.

Thank you for caring and responding to COVID-19 and for truly making a difference in the lives of others!

COVID-19 Business Resources

Disclaimer: The contents of this resource are for general informational purposes only. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, the information is provided “as is” and no representations are made that the content is error-free. We have no obligation to update any content, comments or other information for retroactive or prospective interpretations or guidance provided by regulators, financial institutions or others. The information is not intended to constitute legal advice or replace the advice of a qualified professional. There are areas of the CARES Act where additional clarification from the Treasury Department and the SBA is needed. Your judgment and interpretation of the act may be needed. Users should consult with their legal counsel and representatives of the lending institution regarding the proper completion of their application and supporting documentation

 

 

 

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