Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in coordination with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill – he is ordering Connecticut’s 2020 presidential primary election to be rescheduled to Tuesday, August 11, 2020, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This is the second time the governor has rescheduled the presidential preference primary due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to be held April 28 and then ordered last month to be rescheduled to June 2. The state is already scheduled to hold primaries for other federal, state, and local offices on August 11. Moving the presidential primary to this date will enable the presidential primary to appear on the same ballot as those other races.


Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on April 21, 2020, any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service or means of mass public transit, or while within any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area.

Launch of Connecticut's First Rapid COVID-19 Testing Center in New Haven. Test results delivered in 30 minutes, no cost.  Click Here

Unemployment Claims -  Click Here

Implementation of System That Will Significantly Speed Up Unemployment Claims During COVID-19 Emergency

  • Additional Weekly $600 Benefit in Federal Stimulus Funds Will Begin April 24;
  • New Benefit Program for Self-Employed Individuals Will Begin by April 30

For more information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unemployment benefits in Connecticut, members of the public are urged to read the list of  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provided by the Connecticut Department of Labor .

------When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don't say to yourself, "It looks like the end of the world." What you're seeing is love in action. What you are seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, for our immune-compromised brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet.

People will lose jobs over this. Some will lose their businesses. And some will lose their lives. All the more reason to take a moment, when you are out on your walk, or on your way to the store, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all the love.

Let it fill and sustain you.

It isn't the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness.-----

Town Hall Meeting with Matt Pugliese
Associate State Director
Connecticut Small Business Development Center

Friday, April 17, 2020
1:00 p.m. via Zoom Webinar

Join Matt Pugliese, Associate State Director, Connecticut Small Business Development Center for a virtual Town Hall Meeting designed to provide the latest news and updates on funding opportunities available. This is your chance to ask those important questions affecting your small business or non-profit.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

MEWS+ presents 
"Readying for Recovery: Resources for Middlesex County Businesses"

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join The MEWS+ Entrepreneurial Community as we host the leadership team from The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce  to learn about the many local, state, and federal resources developed to help small businesses navigate and recover from the health and economic crisis. President Larry McHugh, Vice President Johanna Bond, and Vice President Jeff Pugliese will share information on:
  • Chamber webinars with Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney, and SBDC Counselor Jim Jackson;
  • How the CARES Act provisions - PPP, EIDL, and Tax Credits - apply to small business owners and startups
  • The Chamber’s Coronavirus Tool Kit;
  • SHOUT IT OUT campaign;
  • Community partners and local resources; and
  • Recovery fund opportunities.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Dear Chester,

As of today, 1,036 Connecticut residents have died of COVID-19, and there are 16,809 confirmed cases in the state. Chester has a total of 26 cases, and has sadly had 5 deaths. Most of our positive cases are elderly and living in congregate living facilities, although a few are of various ages and recovering at home. You may have seen different numbers on websites or in the news. This is due to many factors, not the least of which is that the local and state systems are not always in sync. Additionally, there have been a couple of positive cases that do not live in Chester and have been transferred to the counts in their towns of residence. Overall, the numbers can be misleading because it is still very difficult to get tested. Hopefully the new rapid test facility in New Haven will help with that.

Although it is difficult to see shuttered stores, not visit with family and friends, and learn how to manage new ways of work and play, it is very important that we continue to take these measures and keep each other safe. From all expert accounts, it will be another couple of weeks before Connecticut reaches the peak of the curve. Even then, what we are doing is slowing the infection rate so as not to overwhelm the medical system. The virus isn't going away soon.

Thank you all for doing your part and making the best of a horrible situation. I hope we can see each other again soon.

Be well,