The effects of the coronavirus are being felt across the world as people practice social distancing, which is having a significant impact on our local businesses and employees. We recognize that both short-term measures and long-term solutions will be needed to restore the health of our local, state and national economies.

CMSC supports many of the advocacy and legislative initiatives being put forward at the state and federal level, including the following.

Federal Assistance

Federal Proposals

Connecticut Programs & Orders

  • Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable – Effective 8:00 p.m. April 21, 2020, any 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.

Connecticut Advocacy

  • Connecticut Restaurant Association Letter to Governor Lamont – This letter lays out 4 requests to Governor Lamont for immediate assistance to restaurants. They include 1) Immediate & Significant Capital Injections; 2) Forgive Sales Tax Payments for At Least 3 Months; 3) Fund a State-Backed Business Interruption Insurance program; and 4) Address Unemployment Compensation Issues.

Looking forward, we will continue to gather input from our member communities and industry partners about how we can best address the challenges presented by the coronavirus.

  • Please feel free to contact us  with ideas for state policy, regulations, loans or programs that you think will be beneficial to our communities and businesses.
  • CMSC continues to meet with Downtown/Main Street Working Group of the legislature, led by state Reps. Jane Garibay and Quentin Phipps. We will continue to present ideas, information and proposals to the group as we go forward.