Town departments -- although working remotely -- continue to operate and you can still get assistance through the website or phone (203-389-3400). I am also maintaining a centralized page on the Town website with Coronavirus updates for residents and businesses.

The page is updated frequently and includes a link to Woodbridge-based businesses that are operating . The Town is also promoting open restaurants , wellness businesses and businesses selling gift certificates.

If your business is missing or your entry needs updating, let me know!
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Gov. Lamont Moves Reopen Connecticut Phase 2 to June 17, 2020   

To avoid having Phase 2 of Connecticut's reopening efforts take effect during a busy Father's Day weekend, we're going to move it up a few days earlier to June 17.
 
The State will release additional safety guidance for businesses that fall under Phase 2 in the next couple of days.
 
Our public health professionals are continuing to monitor test results for possible links to large demonstrations, but as long as COVID hospitalizations and infection rates remain low, we will be in a very good position for a June 17 Phase 2.

Phase 2 business include:
  • Gyms, fitness and sports clubs
  • All personal services
  • Outdoor arts, entertainment and events (up to 50 people)
  • Outdoor amusement parks
  • Movie theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Social clubs and pools
  • All museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Indoor dining (no bars)

Free Infrared Thermometers, While Supplies Last

The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small businesses and nonprofits may use this link:

Houses of workshop may use this link:

For more information read the   State's press release.


A message from DECD:
Important Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

The U.S. Congress just passed a bipartisan bill called the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act that makes several important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
 
The new law eases some of the program's restrictions, giving small businesses more time to use their loans and letting borrowers spend more of their loans on non-payroll expenses.
 
Key changes to the PPP include:
  • Extends the period to use PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks*   Reduces the minimum payroll spend to 60% (from 75%)
  • Borrowers can now use the 24-week period to fully restore their workforce levels and wages (December 31 instead of June 30)
  • Businesses now have five years to repay the loan, instead of two
The new  legislation  also includes a number of updates and exceptions related to loan forgiveness, the rehiring of employees, and the payment of payroll taxes. We encourage businesses to read the new legislation and work with a financial professional to ensure they fully understand the updated requirements.

While demand for PPP loans has slowed, funding remains available. More information can be found on the  SBA website , including a  tool  to find lenders that are still issuing PPP loans 
Town Tax Deferment Program

Last month, per Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7S, the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Woodbridge adopted a Tax Deferment Program, for eligible taxpayers impacted by COVID 19, with application for taxes due July 1, 2020.

The deferment does not apply to taxes due prior to July 1, 2020. Escrow agents are still expected to remit tax payments per regular timetable that is by August 3, 2020 as the last day to pay. The tax deferment applications are online. The application and all supporting documentation must be received at the Woodbridge Tax Office no later than July 1, 2020.

The effect of this program is the equivalent of an extended grace period. The deadline to pay taxes for eligible taxpayers is deferred to October 1, 2020 without interest. Interest will be charged on any payments made by eligible taxpayers after October 1, 2020.

For questions or to receive a paper application please call the Tax Office at 203-389-3425.

Personal Protective Equipment for health providers:

Our regional health department, Quinnipiack Valley Health Department receives Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from the states regional supply on a weekly basis, typically every Tuesday. QVHD is responsible for distributing PPE strictly to the following local healthcare providers:
1.       Urgent Care Centers
2.       Primary Care Physicians
3.       Dialysis Centers
4.       Hospice
5.       Home Health Agencies
Requests are filled on a first come, first serve basis and are provided to the above healthcare providers in our district that request PPE through us directly. To make a request, please call QVHD at 203-248-4528 or email  info@qvhd.org .
Resources from the State:

  • A new website, www.ctcovidresponse.org, has launched to connect Connecticut manufacturers and suppliers with health care institutions to produce the medical supplies and PPE our first responders need. 
  • The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) launched a one-on-one customer service program to help businesses and individual taxpayers understand what resources are available to them if they can’t meet their current collections obligations.



The Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic and the student-run COVID Student Small Business Support Project may be able to assist you at no cost in addressing COVID’s impact on your organization. Support may include:
  • Providing information about government loans and grants
  • Navigating state and local resources to obtain financing
  • Making emergency modifications to lease terms
  • Understanding changes to tax law
  • Other legal issues that may arise
Support is available to small businesses, nonprofits, and self-employed people in the greater New Haven area. If you are interested in assistance, contact us at  COVID.CED@ylsclinics.org  or 203-432-4022.

Note: If you reach out for support, a student may contact you to learn more and offer information about available resources. As the student will explain, such a conversation is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, we will attempt to make a referral to a free lawyer.