The Latest in Connecticut for Small Business on COVID-19: New Open Business Rules

Date: April 08, 2020

State-specific Updates

4/8 New Workplace Rules

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in conjunction with the Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued legally binding statewide rules for essential businesses in Connecticut. Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers  are effective immediately and outline various requirements for employers, including:

  • General workplace rules
  • Controlling contact between employees and customers
  • Eliminating transmission points
  • Frequent cleaning of all touchpoints
  • Guidelines for essential employees
  • Guidelines for employees who may have been in close contact with a person with symptoms of or have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Guidelines for workplace illness
  • Additional rules specific to construction sites

Essential retailers will also continue to be guided by the previously issued Safe Store Rules.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to NFIB’s Connecticut State Director Andy Markowski at (860) 248-NFIB or [email protected]


2/23 Gov. Lamont closes non-essential businesses

Over the weekend, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order No. 7H to slow the spread of COVID-19. Tonight, Monday, March 23 restrictions are in place that effectively closes all “non-essential” businesses in Connecticut. This includes a 100% reduction of the in-person workforce. This order is in effect through April 22nd or until further notice.

Please click here for additional guidance related to Business Exemptions for Coronavirus – Executive Order 7-H.

Essential Status Designation

Business owners not included as essential per the Department of Economic and Community Development’s guidance can request an exemption by filling out this form:

Previous Executive Orders Still Effective

Please keep in mind that Executive Order No. 7H is in addition to previously enacted executive orders that:

  • Prohibit in-person dining at restaurants and bars.
  • Require the closures of various other businesses, including movie theaters, gyms, fitness centers, and shopping malls.
  • Require the closures of places public amusement including bowling alleys, barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and related public businesses.


Connecticut COVID-19 Business Updates
State Coronavirus Business Resources page:


Governor Ned Lamont today announced the following emergency measures intended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Connecticut:

Governor Ned Lamont today announced the following emergency measures intended to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Connecticut, effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight:

  • Limiting social or recreational gatherings 50 people
  • Restaurants and bars that serve food will only be permitted to serve take-out or delivery
  • Bars that do not serve food will be required to close
  • Movie theaters, gyms, and fitness centers will be required to close

These orders are to remain in effect until further notice.

For more information, please read Governor Lamont’s press release here.

Additionally, several state business tax return filing and payment deadlines have been extended for at least 30 days, effective immediately, for the following:

  • Connecticut Pass-through Entity Tax (filing to April 15th, payment to June 15th)
  • Connecticut Corporation Business Tax (filing and payment to June 15th)
  • Connecticut Unrelated Business Income (filing and payment to June 15th)

For more information, please read the Department of Revenue Services’ notice here.

Finally, for the latest information, please visit Connecticut’s official COVID-19 page here.


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