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Governor Lamont partners with CBIA and CONNSTEP to distribute free face coverings for essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Governor Lamont announced that his administration is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP on an initiative to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible businesses include those  defined as essential businesses  by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Eligible essential small businesses can request up to two free face coverings per employee by filling out the form found  here .

Small businesses are strongly urged to create their own face coverings  following CDC guidelines . This will ensure the limited supply of coverings go to small businesses that are struggling to secure their own supply.

Requested face coverings will be distributed next Monday through the municipality in which the business is located. The local municipality will then contact businesses with a date, time, and location to receive the requested masks. The distribution will continue while supplies last. The initiative is intended to help small businesses comply with the governor's executive order requiring face coverings to be worn whenever social distancing is not possible.

Child Care program for frontline workers

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood has launched the CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program, which was created to help frontline workers struggling with the costs of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides subsidies directly to child care providers so that children can get the care they need while their parents or guardians are able to get to work.

Under the program, frontline workers include anyone who must work outside of their own home for at least 8 hours a week caring for people or providing in-person direct services and essential goods. Some examples of frontline workers may include:

  • Health care workers
  • First responders
  • Child care workers
  • Grocery workers
  • Workers at state facilities
  • Home/group home care workers (for seniors, youth, mental health, or people with disabilities)
  • People who provide in-person services to any of the above

The subsidy depends on the number of children in the household who need care and the number of hours the frontline worker needs to work.

If a frontline employee works 21 or more hours each week:
  • For one child, $200 each week for up to 6 weeks
  • For 2 or more children, up to a maximum of $500 per family each week for up to 6 weeks
If a frontline employee works 8 to 20 hours each week:
  • For one child, $100 each week for up to 6 weeks
  • For 2 or more children, up to a maximum of $250 per family each week for up to 6 weeks

This program is ineligible to anyone already participating in the Care 4 Kids program, and there is a family income limit of up to 85 percent of the state median income to qualify. Applications are being accepted from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 22, 2020. To apply, call 1-800-505-1000.

For more information, including details on who qualifies,  read about the program on the Office of Early Childcare’s website .
About the $600 Supplemental Unemployment Payment... If you got your first payment but not your retroactive amounts, you should be receiving a lump sum payment to cover those at some point in the next two to three weeks. This lump sum payment will be retroactive to when you were laid off, but not before March 29th. Keep an eye on this page and read it carefully - most questions are answered here and they are updating it often:

Have you participated in the census? There are 55 federal spending programs whose funding allocation to #Connecticut is determined by using census data. These programs include school nutrition programs, Medicare, and special education.

If you have not already, you can respond to the census by calling (844) 330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020, by paper through the mail or online at the below website. #CTCounts