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Hair Salon and Barber Shop Reopening June 1st

(HARTFORD, CT) – As their administrations continue developing strategies for the safe reopening of sectors of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.

Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20, however Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses he feels that it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.

Governor Lamont said, “We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.”

Governor Raimondo said, “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely. We look forward to continuing to coordinate with our regional partners are we work toward reopening these businesses in early June.”

Un comunicado de reglas de la oficina del gobernador Lamont para negocios indica la primera fase de proyectos de reapertura de Connecticut durante el periodo del COVID-19.

Los documentos describen protocolos detallados necesarios para negocios elegibles para poder operar el 20 de mayo.

(HARTFORD, CT) – La administración del gobernador Ned Lamont ha dado a conocer documentos que detallan reglas específicas que los negocios elegibles deben observa durante la primera fase de los proyectos de reapertura de Connecticut, que deben observarse durante la pandemia COVID-19 en curso. La primera fase – que incluye restaurantes; oficinas; salones de cuidado del cabello y barberías; negocios minoristas (tiendas retail y centro comerciales); los museos al aire libre y los zoologicos – se planea actualmente poner en vigor estas reglas comenzando el 20 de mayo.

El gobernador subrayó que la decisión de volverse a abrir durante esta fase descansa en cada empresario individualmente – no se requiere que abran si no eligen, sin embargo si abren deben seguir las reglas como se ha establesido. Los protocolos fueron desarrollados por el gobernador Lamont, miembros de su oficina, y el Departamento de Desarrollo económico y desarrollo de la comunidad, en la consulta con legisladores y recomendaciones hechas por Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, que consiste en varios expertos médicos del estado y representantes de varios negocios y grupos industriales.

Los documentos que contienen las reglas para la primera fase del reapertura se han publicado en el sitio web coronavirus del estado – – y están disponibles para descargar directamente:

Se requerirá que todos los negocios sujetos a estas reglas autocertifiquen antes de la apertura el 20 de mayo. El sistema de la certificación comenzará en línea la próxima semana.

Governor Lamont Releases Rules for Businesses Under First Phase of Connecticut’s Reopening Plans Amid COVID-19

Documents Describe Detailed Protocols Necessary for Certain Businesses to Operate Beginning May 20

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont’s administration has released documents detailing specific rules that eligible businesses falling under phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening plans must follow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase – which includes restaurants; offices; hair salons and barbershops; retail stores; and outdoor museums and zoos – is currently planned to take effect beginning May 20.

The governor stressed that the decision to reopen during this phase rests with each individual business owner – they are not required to open if they do not choose, however if they do they must follow the rules as prescribed. The protocols were developed by Governor Lamont, members of his office, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with legislators and recommendations made by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, which consists of several of the state’s leading medical experts and representatives of several business and industry groups.

Documents containing the rules for the first phase of reopening have been published on the state’s coronavirus website – – and are available to download directly at these links:

All businesses subject to these rules will be required to self-certify prior to opening on May 20. The certification system will be online beginning next week.

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If you are self-employed, gig performer, or independent contractor you can now apply for unemployment under the PUA. Here is what you must do….

  1. you have to apply for regular unemployment first-blue button on the state unemployment site

  2. you must get your letter in the mail saying you will not receive money for regular UI

  3. then you can go to the unemployment site and click on the red button for PUA unemployment

Here is where to go (there are lots of things here like Q&A):


Si es el autónomo, el ejecutante de la calesa o el contratista independiente puede solicitar ahora el paro bajo el PUA. Aquí está lo que debe hacer ….

  1. tiene que solicitar el paro regular botón azul primero en el sitio de paro estatal

  2. debe conseguir su carta en el correo diciendo que no recibirá el dinero para UI regular

  3. entonces puede ir al sitio de paro y chasquido en el botón rojo para el paro PUA

Aquí está donde ir (hay muchas cosas aquí como Q&A):

Request Personnel Protection Equipment

If your business is in need of Masks and Gloves, go to

Click on “Complete the Form” under Request PPE Supplies. 

There is no charge for the supplies

Information was provided by 211

Go to or call 211 if you have a question about the Emergency food pantry,

financial assistance, COVID-19, and more.

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DRS Extends Filing, Payment Deadlines for Certain State Tax Returns

(Hartford, CT) – To provide relief to Connecticut taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing and payment deadlines of certain returns until July 15, 2020. These extensions align Connecticut tax filing and payment dates with filing and payment extensions recently announced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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At the end of the application, click the button that says to apply for quick 10,000.00.

“Stay Safe, Stay Home.”

Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” All non-essential workers statewide are being directed to work from home, effective Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. For the latest information, resources, executive orders, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

These types of businesses will remain open: food supply chain, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, health care, doctors offices, financial services, childcare services, auto repair and hardware services.

Liquor stores would remain open and restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery services. No one is allowed to dine-in at a local establishment. Officials said individuals wouldn’t be fined for violating the order but non-essential businesses that choose to remain open could be fined.

List of the designated essential businesses:

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SAMA is committed to providing our small business community with the latest information concerning the Coronavirus. We will continue to post as much information as it becomes available including links to important sites.

The Small Business Administration has issued a news release on Tuesday, March 17th offering disaster assistance to Connecticut small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus.

This news release contains a hyperlink to apply online. We have also uploaded the application in PDF which we recommend you review first to become familiar with any necessary items you may need to collect in order to apply.

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Click for application PDF

For more information on COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at or visit our states website at

Given the ongoing public health concerns relating to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, and the significant reduction in business activity, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced that all Limited Liability Company (LLC) annual reports due March 31, 2020 may be filed on or before June 30, 2020 with no penalty or other consequence. By statute, the filing fees increase on July 1, 2020.

The information on file with our office for your business entity is below:

Please note that you must create a CONCORD user account to file an annual report. This is a new requirement this year and most users in the past did not create a CONCORD account to file annual reports. If you are unsure if you have a CONCORD account, we recommend creating a new account.

For more information, you can visit and choose “Business Services” and “Annual Report.”

For additional questions, you can email at

Contact SAMA at 860-278-5825 to assist you in the creation of your account and to submit your report.

Manuel Aldarondo, 203-202-3415; (New Haven County)

Rosa Jacinto, 860-724-4910;

Ana Sanchez Adorno, 860-819-3136;

News, Announcements, and Unemployment Information for all updated information.


Unemployment Separation Package:

To file on-line go to:

Dine-In Closed – STARTING MARCH 17 – By The Executive Order Of The Governor, Until Further Notice


Comida Cenar a Dentro Estarán Cerrados Comenzando – el 17 de Marzo del 2020 – Por Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hasta Nuevo Aviso

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