Re-opening Connecticut Phase 1 Guidelines

Re-opening Connecticut

Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system will be online this week

Guidance for Phase 1 of reopening plans

During his news briefing last week, Governor Lamont and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman outlined some of the details his administration is considering for Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening plans on May 20. Documents containing guidance for businesses about those plans are currently being finalized and are anticipated to be released later Friday evening or on Saturday. As soon as those documents are ready, they will be published online at ct.gov/coronavirus and publicly noticed so that businesses can have an opportunity to review the details.

Additional $3 million in funding available for COVID-19 Business Response Program

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has committed an additional $3 million to the COVID-19 Business Response Program, which provides financial relief to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The program, administered by the Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO), provides zero-interest lines of credit of up to $20,000 to small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Since the program was announced last month, HEDCO has received 607 applications and 137 small businesses have been approved for $1.6 million in assistance.

DECD, by increasing its financial commitment from $2 million to $5 million, will more than double the number of companies receiving financial support during this difficult time. HEDCO is no longer accepting applications for the program – the additional $3 million will be directed to applications previously received.

Current COVID-19 Data

As of May 10, 2020, at 8:30 PM, a total of 33,765 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Connecticut residents. One thousand two hundred twelve patients are currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. There have been 3008 COVID-19-associated deaths.


COVID-19 Cases 33765 (+211)

COVID-19-Associated Deaths 3008 (+41)

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 1212 (-30)

COVID-19 Tests Reported 132508 (+2316)

To view data and cases by town and county click here.


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