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General News & Updates
Update to the regional travel advisory: Four states added, two areas removed
September 8, 2020
The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period was updated today and now includes Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia on the list of impacted locations. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been removed from the list.
SBA Launches New Small Business COVID-19 Loan Program
September 2, 2020
A new SBA loan program is designed to help Connecticut small businesses adapt to changing business conditions and weather future disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Community Advantage Recovery Loan program is designed for existing small businesses and start-up businesses in underserved areas of the state.
The loan, made through the Community Investment Corporation, provides technical and financial assistance to small businesses and start-ups.
Governor Lamont Extends Connecticut's State of Emergency in Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic To February 9
September 1, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed orders extending to February 9, 2021, Connecticut’s states of civil preparedness and public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally declared in March and scheduled to expire on September 9, the governor said that the states of emergency must remain in place in order for the state to effectively respond to the unprecedented and ongoing global pandemic.
State Application for New Federal Unemployment Benefit Funds Approved
August 25, 2020
The federal government has approved Connecticut’s application for COVID-19 funding replacing the $600 weekly unemployment benefits program that expired July 31.
The new federal funding will provide an additional $300 weekly for up to five weeks to eligible applicants.
Connecticut Producers Urged to Enroll in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
August 21, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is urging farmers and producers in the state to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance program to provide vital financial assistance to absorb sales losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regional Travel Advisory Updated
August 11, 2020
The regional travel advisory between Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York that went into effect last month and directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period was updated today and now includes Hawaii, South Dakota, and the Virgin Islands on the list of impacted locations. Meanwhile, the states of Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island have been removed from the list.
Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Business.CT.gov
July 29, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of business.ct.gov – an online, one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs can easily find information and quickly create a checklist with everything required to start up or manage their business in Connecticut. The online service will make it easier to do business in the state, support small business owners as a partner in their success, and improve citizens’ interactions with state government.
Connecticut DMV Announces Additional Deadline Extensions
July 27, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles today 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.
Updated Rules for Specific Industries Announced
July 24, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development today announced that after consulting with industry leaders and public health officials, some updates have been made to the state’s previously announced industry-specific rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The updates provide more specific guidance, as well as new recommendations for a broad range of sectors.
Governor Lamont Reinstates Small Town Grant Program to Support Local Capital Improvement Projects
July 9, 2020
In an effort to support Connecticut’s municipalities while implementing projects that will give a boost to the economy and help in their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is reinstating the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) – a state initiative that funds infrastructure improvement projects for towns that are otherwise ineligible to receive urban action bonds. To accomplish this, the governor is opening a new round of grants totaling $15 million.
CT Back To Work Initiative
June 11, 2020
As Connecticut begins to reopen businesses and the economy, there are several resources available to support job-seekers and businesses get back to work quickly and safely. Governor Lamont and the state have forged several partnerships to provide residents with job-training for in-demand skills, and custom job portals with open positions across the state.
Phase 1 of Connecticut’s Reopen Plan began on May 20, 2020. Here are the sector rules that apply to businesses in this phase.
Phase 2 of Connecticut’s Reopen Plan began on June 17, 2020. Here are the sector rules that apply to businesses in this phase.
Phase 3 of Connecticut’s Reopen Plan will be announced soon.
Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know here.
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.
Travel Advisory: A travel advisory is currently in effect for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19. Click here for detailed information on the travel advisory.
Gatherings: The rules for gatherings and venues is as follows:
Effective July 3
- Indoor private gatherings – 25 people
- Outdoor private gatherings – 100 people, one time exception for graduations at 150 people
- Outdoor organized gatherings (e.g. fireworks, concerts in municipal parks) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, cap of 500 people. Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.
- Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 25% of fire capacity and distancing
- Fairs, festivals, and carnivals – up to 25% of last years attendance
What’s Open in CT
|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|
|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|
The Business Reopen and Recovery Center for the State of Connecticut is your one-stop resource to help your business prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State’s Coronavirus response.
Workers and Employers
The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on the lives of many Connecticut citizens, including Connecticut workers and employers. If your employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, please visit the websites below for employment and training opportunities, as well as to file for unemployment benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and Employers – The Department of Labor has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Connecticut workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The FAQ is regularly updated and provides information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wages and hours, and other employment-related issues.
FileCT.com – To file or get more information about the unemployment process and requirements, please go to www.filectui.com to file with your personal computer, tablet or Smartphone.
CTHIRES.com – Find a job! Make your resume available to leading U.S. employers. Schedule Job Search Agents to search for new matches automatically on the schedule you desire at Connecticut’s Job Bank!
Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal – Job hunting requires some creative thinking. CT’s Reemployment Portal helps you think about occupations and find jobs that match your skills and experience.
State of Connecticut Employer Search – Search for Connecticut Employers by industry, geography, occupation or company name. Find the largest companies in Connecticut or search all by region, WIA, or town. Click on a company name to view more information about that employer. This employer information is provided by InfoGroup®.
Shared Work – Workers can make their employer aware of CTDOL’s Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The program allows employers to reduce employees’ work schedules by 10 percent to 60 percent during business slowdowns such as the COVID-19 crisis while supplementing workers with unemployment benefits for the reduction in work.
Training and Education
Connecticut Job & Career ConneCTion – A stop-by-step guide to the world of work – choosing an occupation, finding appropriate education and training, and finding the right job.
Connecticut Education & Training ConneCTion – Find schools and training providers in your area that offer the program or course you are interested in or those that will prepare you for the your chosen occupation.
Training and Education Planning System – Designed to aid the analysis and discussion of the demand and supply of talent in Connecticut’s workforce. It is intended to help identify where there may be skill shortages or surpluses in the labor market, and thereby guide investments in education and training programs by program planners and administrators, as well as by individuals considering career options.
Connecticut Careers in STEM – Research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics