Governor Ned Lamont issued declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies proclaiming a state of emergency throughout Connecticut as a result of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In follow up, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 7 which:
- Prohibits large gatherings of 250 people or more for social and recreational activities until April 30, 2020, unless modified. Please note that this Executive Order only covers social and recreational events and does not include schools or municipal functions.
- Places limits on Nursing Home visitors
- Waives the 180-day school year requirements
- Extends DMV licensing renewal deadlines and suspension of other DMV requirements
- Modifies Police Academy attendance requirements
We also anticipate that language will be forthcoming to ensure that municipalities may waive certain deadlines set forth in charter, statute or ordinance in order to move forward with the budget adoption process. COST will advise as soon as this language is available.
In addition, a Bond Commission meeting is expected to be held soon to release Town Aid Road (both installments), the Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) funding and other municipal aid funding.
Given the closure of the state Capitol building due to the coronavirus, we are not certain when this will occur but have been assured by the governor's office that a meeting will be held as soon as practicable under the circumstances.