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General News & Updates
OSHA Issues Guidance for Reopening Businesses, Returning Employees
July 2, 2020
OSHA has issued guidance for employers reopening businesses and employees returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The new guidance is designed to supplement recommendations previously released by the federal government.
Congress Extends Paycheck Protection Program Applications
July 2, 2020
The U.S. Congress this week acted unanimously to postpone the deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans to Aug. 8.
The U.S. Senate acted June 30—the original deadline for applications—with the House following the next day.
Assistance for Renters, Homeowners, and Residential Landlords Impacted by COVID-19 Emergency
June 29, 2020
Governor Lamont announced today a comprehensive plan to put more than $33 million in state and federal resources to work providing emergency assistance to renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
State Department of Education Releases Comprehensive Plan for Returning to In-School, Full-Time Instruction for the 2020-21 Academic Year
June 29, 2020
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today released “Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together”, a comprehensive plan that will serve as a roadmap for districts as they plan to reopen schools at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. This document follows the announcement last week of a framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction in the fall as long as public health data continues to support this model.
Joint Incoming Travel Advisory
June 24, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
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.
Survey: Over Half of U.S. Employers Plan to Reopen by July 31
June 11. 2020
More than half of U.S. employers plan to reopen operations by July 31, although workers will be returning to a changed workplace, a new survey shows. The survey released June 9 by the Society of Human Resource Management shows 53% of employers will be back in business by July 31 after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, while 17% are already open or never closed.
Phase 2 Reopening on June 17
June 8, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration has released documents detailing specific rules that eligible businesses falling under phase 2 of Connecticut’s reopening plans must follow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The second phase takes effect Wednesday, June 17.
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles extends expiring credential deadlines to 180 Days
May 22, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced that as the state continues responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, its previously enacted 90-day extension for Connecticut residents with expiring credentials is being extended to a total of 180 days. Eligible DMV credentials that expire between March 10, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are automatically covered by this extension.
Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship
May 15, 2020
The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses Must Self-Certify Prior to May 20 Reopening
May 11, 2020
Businesses are not required to open, but must follow the guidelines if they do. All businesses subject to the guidelines must self-certify prior to opening May 20. The state’s online certification system is expected to launch later this week.
The workplace guidelines require masks or cloth face coverings, capacity limits, social distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting at restaurants, offices, retail stores, and barber shops and hair salons that reopen May 20.
Statewide Launch of Free Online Job Training Program for Unemployment Claimants
May 4, 2020
Governor Ned Lamont today announced the statewide expansion of a program that will make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those who have been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The SkillUp CT program will significantly expand access to comprehensive online course work from a leading global provider for thousands of Connecticut residents.
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
Effective mid-July (date to be determined)
- Indoor private gatherings – 50 people
- Outdoor private gatherings (including graduations) – 250 people
- Outdoor organized gatherings (e.g. fireworks, concerts in municipal parks) – 15 feet of space blanket to blanket, no cap. Event organizer responsible for compliance with guidance.
- Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks) – 50% of fire capacity and distancing
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)||Closed||Closed until July 6, must follow summer school rules|
|State Campgrounds||Closed||Closed until July 8; Reservations can be made online beginning June 20|
|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