As of Friday, September 18, 2020, here are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know.
As of Friday, September 18, 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, September 18, 2020, here are the latest updates leaders in Connecticut’s business community need to know. To view our last update, click here.
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.
|Amusement parks||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Beaches (state)||Open||Must follow safety guidelines|
|Beaches (town)||Partially Open||Check with individual town or review this list from DEEP|
|Bowling alleys||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Construction||Open||Must follow safe workplace rules|
|DMV||Partially Open||– All deadlines for IDs and other credentials extended 180 days [info]
– In-person services require an appointment
– Select services can be completed online
|Gyms and Fitness Studios||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Hair Salons and Barbershops||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Hotels||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Libraries||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Nail salons||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Manufacturing||Open||Must follow safe workplace rules|
|Museums and zoos||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Offices||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Retail||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Restaurants||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|School (PreK-12, summer)||Open||Must follow summer school rules|
|State Campgrounds||Open||All campers must make reservations in advance|
|State Parks||Open||Must follow safety guidelines|
|Summer camps||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Spas||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Tattoo Parlors||Open||Must follow sector rules|
|Theaters||Open||Must follow sector rules|
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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.
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.
Governor Lamont’s Phase 2 Reopening Plan on June 17, 2020, Following the State’s Phase 1 Reopening on May 20, 2020
June 17, 2020 marks Connecticut’s biggest test yet as the state continues to gradually reopen commerce and lift COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining, gyms, hotels, bowling alleys, nail salons, zoos, movie theaters and other businesses.
Governor Lamont signs 53rd executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 – June 17, 2020
Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 53rd since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 7ZZ enacts the following provisions:
Updated guidance on indoor and outdoor gatherings released – June 17, 2020
Governor Lamont today announced updated guidance for indoor and outdoor gatherings over the next several weeks. The plan is as follows:
Effective June 17:
Effective July 3:
Effective mid-July (date to be determined):
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. Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234. The hotline is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.
Governor Lamont signs 59th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 – July 6, 2020
Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 59th since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 7FFF enacts the following provisions:
**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7FFF
To stay current on whether you can travel in or out of Connecticut, please click here.
Despite an increase in individual contributions fueled by a surging stock market, Connecticut’s community nonprofits remain in crisis, the head of an organization representing hundreds of nonprofits says. Nonprofit leaders say huge losses in fee-for-service revenue during the coronavirus pandemic have led to reductions in staffing, loss of access for needy residents and some programs shutting down entirely. Hartford Courant – September 8, 2020
In just six months, the COVID-19-induced economic recession has pushed Connecticut’s unemployment rate up to nearly 15% as the state budget deficit is also projected to top $2.1 billion in the current fiscal year. CT Mirror / Hartford Business Journal – September 8, 2020
Connecticut’s banking sector remained in the black during what was one of the industry’s most unusual and challenging fiscal quarters ever. CT Mirror / Hartford Business Journal – September 8, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont has extended through Nov. 9 all of the executive orders he issued amid the pandemic, including a controversial mandate that gives legal immunity to hospitals and nursing homes. The two-month extension will give the governor time to speak with lawmakers and industry officials about whether to prolong the immunity – and dozens of other executive orders – beyond November. Hartford Business Journal – September 9, 2020
Pfizer’s facility in Groton has a history of developing some of the most popular drugs ingested by Americans. But the pharmaceutical company’s work on a COVID-19 vaccine may give the Connecticut facility its greatest fame — birthplace of a drug to shield humanity from a lethal virus that has so far taken the lives of more than 189,000 Americans and 894,000 people worldwide. Hartford Business Journal – September 9, 2020
Three Connecticut schools have been temporarily closed and staff members in several others have been sent home to quarantine following positive tests for COVID-19 just days into the start of a new academic year. Associated Press – September 10, 2020
When Jamie Kelo lost her $20,000 a year job as a receptionist at a hair salon in New London after COVID-19 touched down in Connecticut, she thought she could rely on unemployment benefits to help cover some of her bills. She was wrong. CT Mirror / Hartford Business Journal – September 10, 2020
Despite a pandemic that requires patients to wear masks and social distance, many dentists say they aren’t suffering. In fact, some say they are busier than ever. CT News Junkie – September 20, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont established a new series of fines Monday, ranging from $100 to $500, for those who refuse to wear protective masks in public or who organize or attend large, private events. The new penalties, administration officials said, were requested by municipal leaders whose only other option to enforce coronavirus containment rules was to arrest violators and charge them with misdemeanor offenses. CT Mirror / Hartford Business Journal – September 15, 2020
It’s been two weeks since President Donald Trump offered employers a way to temporarily fatten their worker’s paychecks, but in Connecticut there have been few takers. Trump’s “tax holiday” has allowed the nation’s employers to defer payment of certain payroll taxes from Sept. 1 through the end of the year. CT Mirror / Hartford Business Journal – September 16, 2020
With air passenger traffic plummeting during the pandemic, Bradley International Airport is considering a drive-through COVID-19 testing site now that the state has eased its travel advisory. The head of the Connecticut Airport Authority said Bradley has contracted with a lab and is discussing the logistics. Hartford Courant – September 16, 2020
To understand the state’s role in deciding whether school buildings remain open or closed, there’s no better place to look than New Haven. Although half the students in the state’s largest district wanted to return to the classroom this fall and the superintendent and mayor proposed a reopening plan, the school board opted instead for all-remote learning. While Gov. Ned Lamont has repeatedly expressed dismay with that decision, he insists it’s not his decision to make. CT Mirror/ Hartford Business Journal – September 16, 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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:
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