May 5, 2020 UPDATE: Governor Lamont Announces Classes at K-12 Public Schools Will Remain Canceled for the Rest of the Academic Year: Schools to Continue Providing Distance Learning and Meals Programs: info at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Classes-at-Schools-Will-Remain-Canceled-for-the-Rest-of-the-Academic-Year
May 4, 2020 UDATE: Governor Lamont Announces Statewide Launch of Free Online Job Training Program for Unemployment Claimants: During COVID-19 Emergency, SkillUp CT Allows Jobseekers to Upgrade Skills From Their Own Homes: info at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Statewide-Launch-of-Free-Online-Job-Training-Program
April 30, 2020 UPDATE: Governor Lamont outlines phased-in approach to reopening Connecticut’s economy, presenting an approach his administration is considering to reopen Connecticut’s economy in four phases beginning May 20, 2020: info at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/04-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-April-30; The full video of the news briefing is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyWrtXsHEcY&feature=youtu.be, wherein Gov. Lamont discusses the ReOpen CT Initiative. The plan’s first stage allows for the reopening of retailers, offices, hair salons, outdoor restaurants and outdoor recreation facilities by or on May 20, but with some restrictions and limitations in place. The easing of restrictions is contingent on the state’s coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continuing to decline and the businesses will be required to operate at reduced capacity, clean regularly, and ensure adequate social distance between patrons. The next three stages are tentative, with the easing of restrictions on a gradual basis. Lamont said the last stage might not come for at least 10 months. Businesses are not required to open, but they can if they want, provided they follow the restrictions.
April 2, 2020 UPDATE: Governor Lamont announced that 60 banks and credit unions in Connecticut have agreed to an important set of relief measures. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website. More information is available at bit.ly/2JtzX1p.
April 1, 2020 UPDATE: The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut to create a new searchable tool of farm stands and farmers markets that are open and serving the public: https://guide.ctnofa.org/
State Coronavirus Website: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
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Per Governor Ned Lemont's Executive Order No. 7H, all non-essential businesses or not-for-profit entities must reduce their in-person workforce at any workplace locations by 100%. All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall employ, to the extent possible, telecommuting or work from home procedures. See the Governor's Order 7H here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7H.pdf?la=en
The Governor clarified Order 7H in Executive Order No. 7J by stating that 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits may allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely. See the Governor's Order 7J here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Office-of-the-Governor/Executive-Orders/Lamont-Executive-Orders/Executive-Order-No-7J.pdf
The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has extended deadlines for filing and payments associated with certain state business tax returns to June 15. See: https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/News---Press-Releases/2020/2020-Press-Releases/Effective-Immediately-DRS-Extends-Filing-Deadline-for-Certain-Annual-State-Business-Tax-Returns