Governor Lamont today released  a PSA video  asking health care professionals – including students and those who are retired – to consider helping Connecticut’s medical facilities in the COVID-19 effort by volunteering their services. Those interested in volunteering can register online at  ctresponds.ct.gov  and they will be matched with a health care facility that is in need.



Connecticut residents urged to be aware of scams linking coronavirus stimulus checks with the 2020 Census
Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William Tong, and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull are urging Connecticut residents to be mindful of fraudulent emails, text messages, phone calls, and social media posts falsely claiming that Americans must respond to the 2020 Census in order to receive a stimulus check from the federal government. In some cases, scammers may urge users to visit a fake census website and sign up to receive a stimulus check from the U.S. government, along with other false claims.


This evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut urging residents to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. The  Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security ( here ) have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory. Learn more  here .


For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit  ct.gov/coronavirus .
HELP FOR BUSINESSES


The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill was signed into law by President Trump Friday.

The package allocates  $ 367 billion to support small business . Small to mid-size companies with 500 employees or fewer could access federally guaranteed loans to maintain payroll even if businesses are temporarily closed. Additional costs including u tilities and rent could be forgiven  for employers meeting loan requirements.


Please click on the link below for details of the plan and how to use it.



Additionally, the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce has an amazing Business Resource Guide on their webpage - link below. Thanks Old Saybrook!






If anyone has a source for medical gowns, there has been a request from our Fire Chief for donations. Many are on order, but the delivery date is unknown at this time. Please contact Chief Grzybowski at the Fire House if you can help.

Much appreciation to all those who have donated their equipment, supplies and time to make calls, sew masks, and fill in where needed. We are thrilled to have so many helping hands!


The Chester Town Hall, although closed to the public, remains open Monday - Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4 and Friday from 9-12 for the time being. We are not working on Tuesday evenings at this time. Please call 860-526-0013 for an appointment.


 Be well,


Lauren