Weekly Update

May 14, 2020

I hope you and your family are well and safe while we look forward to warmer days ahead.

Below you will find an update on various subjects that I thought you would find helpful including:

  • Covid Update including self certification for businesses before opening
  • May is Mental Health Month
  • Resources for Domestic Abuse victims and survivors
  • Additional Updates/CVS Testing Centers

For detailed information click HERE.

Click on the video above to watch the Governor's press conference in its entirety.

Companies required to self-certify prior to reopening on May 20

Connecticut businesses eligible to open on or soon after May 20 are required to self-certify to demonstrate they understand and will comply with COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the state. The self-certification process is quick and available online at business.ct.gov/recovery.

Businesses under Phase 1 of Connecticut reopening plans include:

Sector rules for reopening a business were published on May 9.

Upon completion of the certification process, companies are encouraged to download a safety signage and badge for display at their place of business and/or on their website. Utilization of the materials is strictly voluntary.

May is Mental Health Month. The common statistic that 1 in 4 people are coping with mental health is probably an understatement during COVID-19. Over the past several weeks, everyone has had their lives altered and we are all learning to cope in new ways. This year’s Mental Health month shines a timely light on mental wellness. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, visit the NAMI website to learn more about the many resources available to you or someone you love.

The COVID-19/Coronavirus public health emergency has created safety implications for residents across the state. With the implementation of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, there is an increased risk of domestic violence as vulnerable residents become further isolated and additional pressures develop that may exacerbate an already abusive relationship.

To connect those who may be experiencing domestic violence with services, resources, and assistance the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) created CT Safe Connect.

Safe Connect is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week via:

Additional information on how CCADV and its members are helping victim-survivors of domestic violence throughout the pandemic can be found here.

Additional Updates

Governor Ned Lamont is applauding an announcement made by CVS Health that the company is opening 12 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru locations in Connecticut.


Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid for the state’s school districts that will be used to support continued learning and address educational disruptions due to the global pandemic.