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Governor Ned Lamont


Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Latest Data as of 4:00PM on Saturday, April 4, 2020

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 362 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,276. To date, more than 22,029 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 165.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

County Laboratory Confirmed Cases Hospitalized Cases Deaths
Fairfield County 2,824 475 86
Hartford County 726 184 26
Litchfield County 182 15 5
Middlesex County 100 19 4
New Haven County 1,024 324 29
New London County 57 10 3
Tolland County 91 3 10
Windham County 31 3 1
Pending address validation 241 0 1
Total 5,276 1,033 165

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality and data broken down by age, gender, race, and other factors, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

FEMA approves Lamont administration’s request to include domestic violence survivors in non-congregate housing guidelines

FEMA today notified the state that it has approved the Lamont administration’s request to add housing for survivors of domestic violence in the reimbursement guidelines it previously approved for Connecticut, which authorized the state and municipalities to receive a 75 percent reimbursement for the costs associated with providing non-congregate housing first responders and health care workers who temporarily need a place to live separate from family or roommates, and also for those who are homeless.

“Ensuring safe housing for survivors of domestic violence in locations that are less congested than what many of the locations that typically offer these services usually provide is critical at this time, and I thank FEMA for approving our request to cover these services,” Governor Lamont said.

Connecticut’s schools have served more than one million meals under emergency programs

As of Friday afternoon, Connecticut’s public schools have served more than one million meals under the emergency meals programs the State Department of Education launched last month in response to Governor Lamont’s order for classes at schools to be canceled statewide. A total of 128 school districts are serving meals at 407 locations.

In accordance with federal requirements, the state is operating two emergency meals programs to ensure children do not go hungry during this crisis:

  • Under one program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals only to students who attend their schools or any other child 18 years of age and younger residing in the same household.
  • Under the other program, certain school districts are authorized to serve meals to any child 18 years of age and younger, regardless of which town or city the child lives or what school they attend.

Households should check with the individual school districts for information on the time and location the meals are being served, and further guidance regarding their distribution.

Connecticut’s Tourism Office promotes local restaurants offering take-out and delivery services, provides virtual at-home activities

The State of Connecticut’s Tourism Office has shifted its focus from its usual promotional activities to adjust to the public health emergency and Governor Lamont’s order for residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.”

The state’s official tourism website, CTVisit.com, has been adapted to reflect this new reality and is featuring a number activities residents can either do in secluded locations or safely at home through virtual experiences. This includes the creation of a list of restaurants, breweries, and vineyards that are now offering take-out and delivery services; and also a collection of online, virtual experiencesabout Connecticut landmarks, museums, and attractions that provide educational opportunities to engage children while staying safe at home.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

Executive order from Governor Lamont
The governor announced a new executive order today, 4/2/20, that states hotels and short-term rentals will now be exclusively for essential workers, not leisure travel. This order will go into effect Friday, 4/3/20.
Prohibition on non-essential lodging: Prohibits all hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (including those arrange through online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo) from renting to customers for leisure or vacation purposes. Instead, lodging at these facilities must be limited to:Health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers;
  • Workers engaged in transporting critical materials to hospitals;
  • Vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless;
  • Connecticut residents who need a place to self-quarantine away from family or roommates;
  • Those receiving long-term care or specialized medical treatment;
  • Connecticut residents in need of housing as a result of property damage, such as a fire;
  • Persons unable to return home because of constraints on travel; and
  • Persons engaged in providing or servicing lodging.
  • Existing Lodging Guests. Persons occupying lodging as of April 2, 2020 may be permitted to remain in their current lodgings through the end of their originally scheduled stay. Lodging may not be extended except for one of the purposes listed in sub section (b)

CT Small business loans: (link)

Connecticut offers loans to help small businesses and unemployed


 First; this usually slow season (made slower) is for most of us, a time to sow seeds to harvest this summer.
 Second; this crisis is a rare opportunity to highlight the benefit of investing in tourism.

*click link for the   “Surge to Emerge”


Brings together the strength, numbers and influence of the state’s tourism proponents to create one powerful, inclusive and coordinated tourism advocate.

We are giving those who care about our Industry’s future a stronger voice as we work for critical change, including more reliable funding, pro-business policy and stronger public support.

CHAT Training Program

Connecticut Hospitality Awareness Training, or CHAT for short, is an ambitious program developed by the Connecticut Tourism Coalition to train frontline personnel who work at attractions, lodging establishments, restaurants and other businesses that make up the Connecticut tourism industry. CHAT is Connecticut’s first online training program to educate workers on the fundamentals of hospitality service and the significance of tourism to our economy.


Mission & Vision

The Connecticut Tourism Coalition is comprised of various association and industry–supporting organizations whose main goal is to affect change in the Connecticut tourism industry by addressing key legislative, regulatory and budgeting issues through public education.

Carolann Ouellette, former Director of Tourism, State of Maine, was the Keynote Speaker at CTC’s fall Board Meeting at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Carolann, center, is flanked by Kevin Dodd, President of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (left) and Kathleen Burns, Executive Director of CT Marine Trades Association (right).

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk proudly displays their CHAT certificates having successfully completed the online training program offered by the CT Tourism Coalition.

Eastern Chamber and their CHAT certificates presented at Mohegan Sun Casino March 2019

Saybrook Point Resort proudly displaying their CHAT Certificates

The Whaler’s Inn team in Mystic proudly displays their CHAT certificates having successfully completed the online training program offered by the CT Tourism Coalition. Amanda Arling, President, Whaler’s Inn is seated on the right. Stephen Tagliatela, President, CTC is standing in the center.

CHAT certificate recipients from CT Wedding Group. Left to right: Samantha Nickerson, Cate Lucewicz, Cathy Amarante, Mike Donovan, Allie Feitelson, Tom McDowell

Arts, Culture and Tourism Committee.

The Lamont-Bysiewicz Policy Committee for Connecticut Arts, Culture and Tourism present their recommendations for policy changes that would support and grow Connecticut tourism under the next administration. Special thanks to Lt.Governor Bysiewicz and all the community leaders and tourism champions who attended the presentation.

Connecticut Tourism Coalition

Connecticut Tourism Coalition