COVID-19 Connecticut Capitol Update 3-23-2020

March 23, 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 22, 2020, a total of 327 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported. The virus has now appeared in all 8 counties, a total of 51 residents are hospitalized, and 8 residents have passed away.
    • A full breakdown of confirmed cases in Connecticut can be found here.
  • Governor Lamont has issued a total of 12 executive orders since March 10, 2020.
  • Beginning at 8pm tonight, March 23, 2020, all “non-essential” businesses have been ordered to close except for the minimum staffing that’s needed to maintain security, maintenance, and to receive mail/packages.
  • The Department of Economic and Community Development 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 House remains closed until at least next Monday, March 30, 2020. All formal meetings and public hearings have been cancelled during this time.
  • Legislative Leaders are expected to meet with the Governor this week to discuss a formal stimulus package and to decide whether or not they will extend the closure of the Capitol complex.
    • Early reporting suggests that much of the stimulus package could be enacted via executive order and consent from legislative leaders to avoid having the General Assembly return to the building.
  • The General Assembly amended their rules to allow for telephonic voting, but have not announced whether they will utilize that ability to take any formal action in the near term.
  • Governor Lamont will hold a 5pm, private conference call briefing with chief elected officials this evening at 5pm to provide more updates.

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