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General News & Updates
Governor Lamont Announces Updated Mask Protocols in Connecticut Beginning May 19
May 17, 2021
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a new set of COVID-19 safety protocols regarding the use of face masks will be implemented in Connecticut beginning Wednesday, May 19, 2021, as a result of the updated recommendations released late last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications Open May 3
Feds Issue New PPP Tax Guidance
April 28, 2021
The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS have issued new tax guidance for certain businesses that received first-round Paycheck Protection Program loans but did not deduct eligible expenses as they relied on previous agency direction.
The new guidance, which reflects legislation enacted last December, provides a safe harbor for small businesses that didn’t deduct certain otherwise deductible expenses paid or incurred during tax years ending after March 26, 2020 or before Dec. 31, 2020.
New COVID-19 Disaster Loans Target Smallest Employers
April 28, 2021
A new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loans will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to one million small businesses and nonprofits most severely affected by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SBA says the new assistance, called Supplemental Targeted Advances, will focus on businesses with 10 or fewer employees.
Governor Lamont Announces Certain COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Will No Longer Require Appointments Beginning April 27
April 26, 2021
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that beginning Tuesday, April 27, 2021, more than 50 providers of COVID-19 vaccines in Connecticut will no longer require an appointment prior to providing individuals with vaccinations. Connecticut residents will be able walk-up to the clinic and receive a vaccination on-the-spot.
Small Businesses Eligible for Vaccination PTO Tax Credits
April 27, 2021
Small businesses can receive a federal tax credit for providing paid time off to employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to recover from any side effects.
Eligible employers include businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees and certain governmental employers.
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility:
All individuals who are 12 years of age or older and live, work, or attend school in Connecticut are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information on vaccinations and to learn how to get the vaccine, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.
Mask and face covering requirements:
As of May 19, 2021, Connecticut’s protocols regarding masks and face coverings were updated to align with the recently modified CDC recommendations. The protocols that are currently in effect statewide are as follows:
- Masks not required
- Vaccinated not required to wear masks
- Unvaccinated must wear masks
- Masks are required to be worn by everyone in certain settings such as healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare
- Businesses and state and local government offices have the option to require masks to be worn by everyone in their establishments
Business sector rules in effect:
As of May 19, 2021, all of the business sector rules that were previously enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted, except for the updated mask requirements as noted in the section above. These changes are contingent upon a low incidence of COVID-19 and the Connecticut population continuing to get vaccinated.
Travel Advisory: Mandates and requirements regarding travel are no longer in effect in Connecticut as of March 19, 2021. However, residents and visitors to Connecticut are strongly urged to follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Click here for detailed guidance regarding travel.
CT Vaccine Portal
Find a vaccine provider near you.
CT Back to Work Initiative
New jobs and online training for job seekers.
Childcare support (including CTCARES Programs).
Resources for people with disabilities
Help for individuals during the reopening of CT.
Support resources for veterans
Information and help with veteran services.
Business Recovery Center
Resources for reopening, workplace safety, assistance programs, and more.
Business Sector Rules for Reopening
Comprehensive rules for businesses and organizations.
Report COVID safety violations
Tell us if you see something that concerns you (online form).
Resources for agricultural businesses
Information and FAQs for agribusiness.
Guidelines for Employee COVID testing
Learn the latest recommendations from CDC.