Municipal Best Practices Guidelines
The Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) has developed Best Practices Guidelines to assist municipalities in their response to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this effort is to provide local officials with solutions that meet local needs and are in sync with state expectations. 

Guidelines will be updated as needs change or as new approaches are identified. Suggestions are welcomed. The ACIR appreciates guidance provided by a number of state-wide organizations, the General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research, and state agencies.

The Best Practices Guidelines, which will be updated regularly to reflect any new Executive Orders or guidance, are available here .

In addition, towns that are planning to reopen to the public and employees or expand public access to town halls should adhere to the Safe Workplace Sector Rules for Offices .

COST Associate Member Spotlight
COST relies on its Associate Members to support our advocacy efforts on behalf of the state’s small towns at the state Capitol and before state agencies. Our Associate Members  - firms and professionals that provide a wide range of products and services to meet the needs of Connecticut’s municipalities – have highlighted some of the resources that they can provide to you and your community during this difficult time. We encourage our members to “shop first” with COST’s Associate Members whenever possible.

If your firm would like to be included in COST's COVID-19 Municipal Resources listing, please contact We will be highlighting the firms in our electronic bulletins.

Shipman & Goodwin LLP  represents municipalities as town attorney, bond counsel and special counsel on various municipal law issues and bonding for capital projects. We have been actively advising our municipal clients during the COVID-19 crisis on the Governor’s Executive Orders and the impact they have had on municipal finances, budget adoption, bond and note issues, including tax anticipation notes, and election matters.

For more information please contact Bruce Chudwick, Matt Ritter or Danielle Braun at (860) 251-5000 or visit the firm’s website at .