COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 3-31-2020

March 31, 2020

  • The Governor established an online web portal of resources for businesses, consumers, and others during this public health crisis. Visit for more information.
  • As of March 30, 2020, a total of 2,571 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The virus has appeared in all 8 counties, approximately 517 patients are hospitalized, and 36 residents have passed away. Approximately 14,600 tests have been conducted so far.
    • A full breakdown of those cases can be found here.
  • The State Capitol complex will remain closed through at least April 12, 2020. During this time all committee meetings and public hearings have been suspended.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 19 executive orders since March 10, 2020.
    • Several orders have also been issued by the Departments of Public Health, Consumer Protection, Insurance, Health Strategy, Motor Vehicles, Revenue Services, Transportation and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority—which can also be found here.
  • Last night, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order No 7Q, which:
    • Sets requirements of limited group sizes in childcare;
    • Enhances health procedures for all operating childcare programs; and
    • Authorizes remote notarization.
  • The Governor’s full press briefing is available here.
  • All “non-essential” businesses were ordered to stay closed through, at least, April 22, 2020 except for the minimum staffing that’s needed to maintain security, maintenance, and to receive mail/packages.
  • The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released formal guidance on businesses that are considered “essential” and are allowed to stay open during the public health crisis.
    • Industries that are not listed, but wish to be considered for qualification as an “essential” business, can submit an inquiry to DECD here.
  • The State is seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Those interested in donating may do so via
  • For information on applying for Unemployment Insurance, please refer to the Department of Labor’s website, here.
  • For additional business resources during this COVID-19 public health crisis, please refer to DECD’s website, here.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance program and interested businesses can apply here. We’ve also attached an overview of the program that was created by our federal staff.

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