Governor Lamont has announced plans to eliminate most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Lamont has announced plans to eliminate most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions for every sector by May 19, 2021, with the exception of certain mask requirements that will remain in effect. The changes will include:

Effective Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • The curfew for restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation venues, and theaters will be moved back one hour to 12:00 am midnight.
  • Bars that do not serve food can open for service – OUTDOOR ONLY. Food is still required when serving alcohol indoors.
  • The 8-person per table limit will be lifted – OUTDOOR ONLY. The limit remains in effect for indoor dining.

Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • All remaining business restrictions will end.
  • Indoor masks will continue.
  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will issue recommendations for indoor and large outdoor events (e.g., concerts).

El gobernador Lamont anunció planes para eliminar la mayoría de las restricciones de COVID-19

el gobernador Lamont anunció planes para eliminar la mayoría de las restricciones de COVID-19 del estado para cada sector para el 19 de mayo de 2021, con la excepción de ciertos requisitos de máscara que permanecerán en vigor. Los cambios incluirán:

A partir del sábado 1 de mayo de 2021

  • El toque de queda para restaurantes, lugares de entretenimiento, lugares de recreación y teatros se retrasará una hora hasta las 12:00 am de la medianoche.
  • Los bares que no sirven comida pueden abrirse para el servicio – SOLO AL AIRE LIBRE. Todavía se requiere comida cuando se sirve alcohol en interiores.
  • Se levantará el límite de 8 personas por mesa – SOLO AL AIRE LIBRE. El límite sigue vigente para las comidas en interiores.

Vigente a partir del miércoles 19 de mayo de 2021

  • Todas las restricciones comerciales restantes terminarán.
  • Las máscaras de interior continuarán.
  • El Departamento de Salud Pública de Connecticut (DPH) emitirá recomendaciones para eventos grandes y en interiores al aire libre (por ejemplo, conciertos).

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“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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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;

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