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Gov. Lamont moves up ‘phase 2’ reopening in Connecticut, says indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theaters can open June 17
Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday he was moving up the date to June 17 to allow the re-opening of restaurants, movie theaters and gyms because the coronavirus has become more contained in Connecticut. Originally Lamont’s reopening strategy called for a “phase 2” to begin on June 20, but that date has now been changed to June 17.
As barbershops, hair salons, casinos open, $619.9 million state deficit projected due to COVID-19
Hair salons, barbershops and casinos reopened in Connecticut Monday, after being closed for more than two months due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions. Along with the good news of these reopenings, there were grim new projections Monday from the state comptroller about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced a projected deficit Monday of $619.9 million for Fiscal Year 2020. Lembo noted the loss of over 50% of jobs in the leisure and...
Lamont Eases Social Distancing Requirements
The pews could be a little fuller this Sunday, but it’s unlikely people will be rushing back to attend worship services inside. Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order Friday easing the social distancing restrictions for churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship.
CT housing dept. lands $16.2M in COVID-19 relief funding
Connecticut’s housing department has been awarded $16.2 million in federal funding to provide immediate and long-term services for residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) on Monday said the money recently approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) marks its first tranche of federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Congress passed the bipartisan bill, which...
Former Lt. Gov. Wyman is stepping down as state Democratic chair
Former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman announced Friday she is stepping down on June 10 as the Democratic state chair, a position she took at the request of Gov. Ned Lamont after his election in 2018. She will swap jobs with Nancy DiNardo, a former state chair and current member of the Democratic National Committee.
Connecticut Employers Eligible to Apply for 90-Day Extension of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements for New Employees
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) announced it will allow employers to apply for a 90-day extension to complete the new sexual harassment training requirements for employees hired after October 1, 2019. If the extension is granted, employers will need to train employees hired after October 1, 2019 within nine months of their hire date instead of six months. Employers must send a request to CHRO.questions@ct.gov...
Delayed Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) Says it Hopes to Launch Delayed Program Before Year End
The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA) has selected Sumday, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, to act as the program’s administrator. The CRSA is responsible for implementing a program to provide private-sector employees with retirement savings accounts if they currently lack access to one through their employer. Private sector employers, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, with five or more employees, that do not provide a workplace-based retirement plan will need to offer...
Lamont says it’s time for the COVID weary take a breath. And maybe a hike.
The tone and substance of Gov. Ned Lamont’s daily COVID-19 briefing changed Thursday as he looked back on the sweeping restrictions he’s imposed since March and ahead to a Memorial Day weekend when salt-water beaches reopen for swimming. He met with reporters on the edge of a placid lake in Gay City State Park, a relaxed setting for a governor conducting his 52nd briefing about a novel coronavirus that has come to redefine his tenure as the state copes with an unprecedented...
Lamont Defends Cautious Approach To Reopening
With a pond as his backdrop Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont reflected on how far the state has come in trying to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and how far it still has to go to reopen the economy. At Gay City State Park, Lamont welcomed reporters to his Thursday briefing in advance of signing his 45th executive order since March 10.
Governor Lamont Delays Reopening of Conn. Hair Salons and Barbershops; Targeting June 1 Reopening
Hair salons and barbershops in Connecticut will now no longer reopen on May 20 and will not be able to reopen before early June, the governor's office announced Monday. Gov. Ned Lamont said he is targeting June 1 for those businesses to be able to reopen. The governor's office released a statement announcing that Gov. Ned Lamont and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo would now plan to realign the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in the two states in early June.