Tourism Coalition News:
Latest Data as of 7:00PM on Monday, June 1, 2020
Connecticut arts, culture and tourism advocates push for more payroll loan flexibility
As Federal Aid Expires and Businesses are Slow to Reopen, Officials Discuss Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program
What Happened This Past Week?
In Governor Lamont’s daily press release yesterday, he unveiled his plan for the second and third phase of reopening the state. As of now, phase two of reopening is scheduled for around June, 20. Some of what will be permitted to open in phase two include businesses that offer personal services, indoor restaurants, hotels, outdoor arts, entertainments and events with up to 50 people. Lamont announced that the rules and guidelines to reopen for phase two will be released two weeks prior to the opening date. While Lamont did not go too in depth with the phase three reopening, he expects it to occur at least four weeks after the second phase of reopening. As a reminder, the scheduling of the phased re-opening is copied at the bottom of this email.
Pushback from Towns, Businesses, Casinos
It’s unclear how the state will be able to enforce businesses using appropriate PPE and distancing measures—they will likely leave this up to municipalities and local health departments, but it is clear that not everyone is on board with the plan. The Town Council of the town of Cromwell recently passed a declaration that would allow businesses to re-open there, in contrast with the state plan. A barbershop in Stonington recently re-opened in defiance of the state’s rules, and the state appears to be letting the local health department handle enforcement of this. And perhaps most notably, the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos have announced plans to re-open on June 1, which has drawn a strong rebuke from the Governor’s office for being too early. We will be monitoring how, if, and when enforcement of the state’s reopening plan will be taking place.
Hair Salons and Barber Shops to Reopen June 1
While hair salons and barbershops were originally included in phase one of the reopening plan to begin May 20, that date has been pushed back to June 1, seemingly at the request of salon and barbershop owners. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their in early June. Lamont feels that the decision to push back the reopening date will allow businesses extra time to prepare, ensuring proper safety.
Lamont Signs Executive Order to Allow Voters to Vote Absentee in Primary
This week, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7QQ which allows eligible Connecticut voters to vote absentee in the August 11 Primary Elections. This is one of the many adjustments Lamont is making to reflect the current state of emergency while ensuring that the democratic process continues safely and securely. Under this Executive Order, a person will be able to lawfully vote by absentee if there is no federally approved and widely available vaccine. To read more in depth on how the voting process will work, please refer to the full press release here.
Please note, DECD is requiring businesses that are reopening to “self certify“ that they will take the proper measures to safely reopen. Before re-opening, businesses are expected to fill out the form located here: business.ct.gov/recovery.
Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts
Latest Data as of 7:30PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020
Fox 61, December 19, 2018
WTNH, November 20, 2018