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Connecticut Faces Dilemma on Controlling COVID-19 and Preserving Economy

  • Enforcement of Connecticut’s rigorous COVID-19 rules has helped maintain consistently low infection rates, but this also has the potential to harm the state’s economy
  • Hotels and lodging have not been asked to screen guests, though several have done so voluntarily
  • Health commitment has been used in tourism marketing, but pitches are limited to neighboring states
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“You Are Welcome” Campaign Encourages Continuation of Connecticut-R.I. Commerce

  • Campaign encourages Connecticut and Rhode Island residents to continue visiting each others states despite new COVID-19 restriction regarding Rhode Island
  • Recent travel advisory adds Rhode Island to list of states whose residents and visitors must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Connecticut
  • Restriction does not apply to visits of less than 24 hours
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Connecticut Launches “One-Stop Shop” For Businesses

  • Digital portal consolidates information, resources, and requirements from several state agencies
  • Tools to assist with taxes, licensing, financial assistance, and more
  • Goal of helping simplify processes for business owners and entrepreneurs
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Connecticut Eases Restaurant Restrictions As Reopening Advances

  • Connecticut DECD eases some restrictions on reopening restaurants
  • Additional guidelines presented for offices, retail, and other venues
  • Phase 3 of Connecticut reopening remains on hold
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DECD: Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required For Connecticut Residents to Return to Work

  • Based on updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development says workers who contracted COVID-19 no longer need to test negative for the virus before returning to work
  • Individuals should still meet three criteria to safely resume workplace activities
  • Extra caution recommended for workers whose cases were more severe
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COVID-19 Pandemic Gives Connecticut Opportunity for Greater Regional Cooperation

  • As work-from-home arrangements become more commonplace after COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has the opportunity to pursue partnerships with neighboring states to strengthen the region’s economy
  • Aging infrastructure, increasing number of residents working outside the state have been challenges
  • Informal talks on issue began in March
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Loan Program Launched for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in New Haven, Naugatuck Valley

  • State and local leaders announce the launch of the loan program for eligible businesses in Ansonia, Derby and New Haven
  • Qualifying businesses must be owned by women or minorities and employ 20 or fewer people
  • Loans of up to $25,000 available
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