We hope everyone had a Happy Passover and Happy Easter during this time of uncertainty.
As the state prepares to take on what is anticipated to be the worst week yet of Coronavirus cases in Connecticut, the county medical association and its legislative consultant, FOCUS Governmental Affairs, remain steadfast for your best interests. We will continue to send updates from the Governor's office and state agencies as we receive them.
This Past Week
Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7X to extend all deadlines for previously enacted closures from April 20 until at least May 20. This includes closures for schools, bars, restaurants, retail stores, and any other social or recreational gathering of over 5 people. Most of these businesses have been closed since March 20, when the governor issued his first executive order. The governor’s order also provides an automatic 60-day grace period for April rent and makes a 60-day grace period for May rent available for tenants who have lost jobs or income due to COVID-19 upon request. The order essentially curtails evictions through July 1 except for extreme circumstances.
The Governor had some encouraging news stating there is a glimmer of hope that social distancing is working. During a recent press conference, the Governor cited a smaller increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the prior 24 hours. The state reported 46 new hospitalizations this past Thursday - the lowest number Connecticut has seen in two weeks — indicating that the curve may be flattening. That being said, the Governor stated this does not mean we can relax social distancing measures, hence why he is extending closures to May 20.
Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders
During a public health emergency, the Governor can run the state via executive order. A list of executive orders is provided below: