The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce is committed to bringing you the most up-to-date business news regarding COVID-19.
General News & Updates
SBA Extends COVID-19 Disaster Loan Application Deadline
December 31, 2020
The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline for pandemic-related Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications to Dec. 31, 2021. The agency said the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that Congress recently approved allowed the extension of the deadline.
Governor Lamont Commits an Additional $31.2 Million To Support Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Pandemic
December 30, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is committing an additional $31.2 million, as well as continued support for COVID-19 recovery and alternate COVID recovery facilities, to support Connecticut’s nursing homes in their ongoing response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement comes in addition to more than $150 million the state previously spent on nursing homes for COVID response. The additional aid is being delivered through increased payments that are retroactive to November and prospective through February.
CARES Act II Will Provide Relief for Unemployed and Help Connecticut Businesses in Economic Recovery
December 29, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby today provided an update on the Emergency Coronavirus Recovery Act of 2020, known as the CARES Act extension. The law protects Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs; allocates an additional $300 per week benefit for all claimants for up to 11 weeks; extends the interest waiver for Trust Fund borrowing; and continues 100 percent federal funding for the Shared Work program.
Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes New PPP Loans
December 27, 2020
The $325 billion for small businesses includes $284 billion for a second round of forgivable Payroll Protection Program loans, now expanded to include nonprofits, local newspapers, and TV and radio broadcasters.
It also sets aside $12 billion for minority-owned and very small businesses that had trouble accessing the first round of PPP funding.
State Launches New Small Business Emergency Relief Program
December 22, 2020
Connecticut will distribute another $35 million in emergency relief grants to small and mid-sized businesses hard hit by COVID-19 disruptions and restrictions.
The Lamont administration announced the program Dec. 21, saying the program will act as a bridge to the larger federal aid package that Congress approved later the same day.
Governor Lamont Announces Executive Order Expanding Federal Lost Wages Assistance for Low-Wage Unemployed Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic
December 4, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he plans to sign an executive order that expands eligibility to the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program for Connecticut residents who did not initially qualify for the program.
Connecticut is currently in Phase 2.1: As Connecticut continues taking steps to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19, the state is currently in Phase 2.1 of its reopening plans. It previously had been in Phase 3, however due to a spike in cases statewide, the state rolled back to Phase 2.1, which is a slightly modified version of Phase 2, effective November 6, 2020. Here are all of the rules the apply in Phase 2.1.
Keep Connecticut Safe: Did you visit a business that might be violating a COVID-19 safety requirement? Let us know here.
Masks and Face Coverings: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person’s nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. 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.
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|
|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|
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