Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 2/17/2021
Governor Lamont Announces Potential Next Steps for Expanding Capacity of Social and Recreational Events
Governor Lamont today announced that his administration is considering expanding the capacity of private, social, and recreational events at commercial venues beginning on Friday, March 19, 2021.

This will likely be:

  • Indoors: 50 percent capacity capped at 100 people
  • Outdoors: Capacity of up to 200 people

The governor noted that the effective date of this expansion is dependent upon the continued stability in the state’s COVID-19 metrics. However, he is aware that event planners need time to organize, which is why he wanted to give advance notice of what his administration is considering.
A Message from the Chair of the Board & AHLA CEO
It is with deep sorrow that the hotel community joins together to mourn the passing of a generational leader, Arne Sorensen. We offer our condolences to his family, team and everyone whose life he touched during his more than 30 years at Marriott International. Arne was a visionary leader driven by passion for his people, the millions of associates around the world who worked for and with him and by a desire to spread a love for travel. He was an icon in our industry, dedicated to improving the lodging experience for the guests we serve and the people who serve them. 
Through his transformative leadership, he not only guided Marriott through many prosperous years but also helped steer our industry through some of the toughest economic times from 9/11, the Great Recession and most recently the COVID pandemic. While Arne’s business accomplishments are apparent to all, his championing of social change made our entire industry better for everyone. Many will remember Arne as the first non-Marriott to serve as CEO of the iconic hotel brand, but Arne will be remembered most for his decency, generosity, and compassion. 
Arne’s battle against cancer embodied the qualities that made him such an exceptional human being – endless optimism, perseverance, and servant leadership. His touch on the hospitality industry will be felt for generations. His impact on the lives of all of us who knew him personally is profound. The world is a better place because of Arne Sorenson. Everyone at AHLA feels a numbing loss today and our hearts go out to his immediate family and his extended family at Marriott. His legacy will live on in all of us. 
Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, Inc. Legislative Report
This week the legislature was packed full with public hearings and committee meetings. The General Assembly is to meet for its second session on February 24th to vote on judges and judicial appointments. Most notably was Governor Ned Lamonts budget address and unveiling of his legislative proposals. In his pre-recorded speech, the governor detailed the administration's plan to address the pandemic, the state's transportation system, accessible healthcare, and economic recovery. “There are no broad-based tax increases nor changes to income or sales tax rates,” Governor Lamont’s budget reads. “The largest single component of these revenue initiatives is the expectation that the Biden Administration and Congress will approve unrestricted aid to states to compensate for the drop-off in revenue related to the pandemic.” You can access the full speech and video here: Governor Ned Lamont Budget Address and Transcript