Guidance for Businesses on “Stay Safe, Stay Home”

Guidance for Businesses on “Stay Safe, Stay Home”

Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” All non-essential workers statewide are being directed to work from home, effective Monday, March 23 at 8pm. We have the latest guidance from the Governor and his team for businesses. 

Read the full press release.

Who is exempt?

Essential Businesses or Nonprofits designated HERE. In summary, “essential” industries include Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Food and Agriculture, Supply Chains, Childcare Services, Homeless Services, Public Safety and Defense, Construction, Sanitation, Technology Support, and certain Retail and Professional Services. 

Can exempt status be taken away?

Yes. Nothing in this guidance shall be used to modify any future Executive Order that separately and specifically addresses a particular business or activity, and businesses must comply with any such orders unless and until they are modified or terminated separately. This situation is evolving and orders will be issued based on the latest recommendations for public health and civil preparedness emergency. Sign up for the CT Alert System.

I am non-exempt, how do I comply?

To the maximum extent possible, implement any telecommuting or work from home procedures that you can safely employ. Reduce the on-site workforce at each business location by 100% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels. Non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) Non-essential businesses and nonprofits may be staffed or allow third parties on-site (to the minimum extent necessary) to provide security, maintenance, and receipt of mail and packages.

Stay Safe. Stay Home.

My message to Connecticut is simple: Stay Safe. Stay Home.The more people stay home, we can flatten the curve and allow our healthcare system to stay ahead of the surge. I promise you everyday the State of Connecticut is doing everything we can to keep you and your families safe.

Posted by Office of Governor Ned Lamont on Saturday, March 21, 2020

“Mi mensaje a Connecticut es simple: #MantenteSeguro #QuédateEnCasa. Cuantas más personas se queden en casa, podemos #AcoplarLaCurva y permitir que nuestro sistema de atención médica se mantenga por delante del aumento. Le prometo que todos los días el estado de Connecticut está trabajando para hacer todo lo posible para mantenerlo a usted y a sus familias a salvo.”

“My message to Connecticut is simple: #StaySafe #StayHome. The more people staying at home, we can #FlattenTheCurve and allow our healthcare system to stay ahead of the increase. I promise you that the state of Connecticut is working every day to do everything possible to keep you and your families safe.”

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Available to CT Small Businesses

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Available to CT Small Businesses

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared Connecticut a disaster area. The SBA provides low-interest loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. Has your business suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Read the full press release: ENG | ESP

Who qualifies?

Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify.

What can the funds be used for?

The SBA’s disaster loans can help you pay for just about anything you need to afford after a disaster. With an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, you can use the funds to meet your financial obligations and pay for operating expenses that could’ve been met if the disaster hadn’t occurred.

How long does it take to get approved?

Receiving an SBA disaster loan is a 3-step process: Application, Property/Loss Verification & Loan Processing Decision, Loan Closing & Disbursement of Funds. The SBA states that the first and second step takes an average of four weeks. Step 3 takes around five days for borrowers to receive funds.

 

For more information, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

For assistance with your loan application, contact the SBA Connecticut District Office, 860-240-4700, Connecticut_DO@sba.gov or Connecticut Small Business Development Center, 877-723-2828.

 

Norwalk Restaurants Boost Takeout and Delivery Amid Coronavirus Closures

Norwalk Restaurants Boost Takeout and Delivery Amid Coronavirus Closures

Statewide, dining in is prohibited until further notice, per executive order by Governor Lamont, in an effort to curb COVID-19. Takeout and delivery are still permitted, however, which provides some opportunity for restaurants to recoup their losses.  Some are going for it, others are not, and still others are offering specials, promotions, and discounts to attract customers.

Regardless, all restaurants are overstaffed for the reduced demand, and workers are braced for drastic cuts to their hours and layoffs. These are family-owned, minority-owned, women-owned businesses that need your support during this time of economic uncertainty. If you have the means and feel safe to do so, please order food or purchase a gift card where possible. 

Below is a list of GNHCC member restaurants and a description of how they are adapting their business to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Because the situation is very fluid and changes are happening daily, this list is updated to the best of our knowledge, but if you are unsure, please call ahead.

Haruki Ramen & Izakaya

Haruki is offering a limited menu for takeout and delivery, from 11am-11pm daily.

Specials

  • Free delivery of UberEats orders and within 2 miles. 
  • 10% off all bottles of sake.
  • Weekly food specials (announced on their social media)

Order online for delivery through UberEats. For takeout, call 203-838-4500. Takeout is also free.

Traditional Japanese Kani Salad with cucumber, tobiko, and house spicy mayo.

Capri’s Cuisine

Order online for takeout and delivery through Yelp and Grubhub. Takeout is free. Delivery fee starts from $0.99. Taxes, service, and other fees also apply. There’s no minimum order, but $2 fee for small orders.

Capri’s top flavors of empanada include Beef Uruguay, Taco Beef, and Steak Argentina. 

iL Posto

il Posto is closed for all services, with an anticipated reopening in Summer 2020. Gift cards are available now.

Shrimp and oysters dressed with red pepper, avocado, and mixed greens.

Tablao Wine Bar

Tablao is offering a full menu for takeout and delivery, from 3-8pm daily.

Specials

  • 1/2 off bottles of wine
  • 1/2 off beers and cocktails
  • $15 sangria and margarita “pitchers”

Order online for delivery through UberEats or Grubhub. Delivery fees start from $0.99. Taxes, service, and other fees also apply. There’s no minimum order, but a $2 fee for small orders. For takeout, call 203-939-9602. Takeout is free.

Delicious tapas, paella, and sangria.

SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers

SoNo 1420 is in the unique position of providing assistance to the community in this time of shortage of hand sanitizer. With a final concentration of 80% ethanol, the base used to make their gins and vodkas are more than 99.99% effective in killing illness causing microbes. They are bottling it, in combination with other ingredients recommended by the WHO, and making bottles available for FREE.

Pickup hand sanitizer (and booze!) at 19 Day Street, Norwalk, CT, between 3-5pm. Check their Instagram for the latest availability and pickup times. If you do not feel comfortable visiting the distillery, you can find SoNo 1420 products at these local grocery stores.

Beet and quinoa salad, plus hemp leaf garnish.

Osteria Romana

Romanacci is offering FREE take-out and delivery. 

Specials

  • Dinner for two (10% OFF) includes 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts
  • Dinner for four (15% OFF) includes 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 4 desserts
  • Dinner for six (20% OFF) includes 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 6 desserts
  • All bottles of corked wine are half price.
  • Spend $50, get a $10 gift card.
  • Spend $100, get a FREE corked bottle of wine.

Order online for takeout through ChowNow. For delivery, call 203-229-0844 (Norwalk), 203-261-1600 (Monroe).

Soft, pillowy gnocchi tossed with fresh cherries tomatoes and arugula.

Romanacci Pizza Bar

Romanacci is offering FREE take-out and delivery.

Specials

  • Meal for two (10% OFF) includes 1 app or dessert + 2 personal pizzas
  • Meal for three (15% OFF) includes 2 app or dessert + 3 personal pizzas
  • Meal for four (20% OFF) includes 3 app or dessert + 4 personal pizzas
  • All bottles of corked wine are half price.
  • Spend $100, get one FREE corked bottle of wine.

Order online for takeout through ChowNow. For delivery, call 203-956-7103 (Norwalk), 203-571-3301 (Westport).

Thin crust pizza with prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese.

La Calle Arepas Bar

La Calle is offering takeout and delivery Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-8:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-9:30pm; and Sunday, 10am-7:30pm.

Specials

  • Free delivery when you order through their website and within 3 miles.
  • 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their email list.
  • Arroz Con Pollo (Venezuelan Chicken Rice) Combos: 1 full size + tostones + 1 mini appetizer + 1 soda for $16; 2 full size + tostones + 1 mini appetizers + 2 sodas for $28; 4 full size + tostones + 2 mini appetizers + 2 liter soda for $60.
  • Arepas Combos: 1- 4 arepas + 2 liter soda for $20; 2- 6 arepas + 2 liter soda for $28; 8 arepas + 2 liter soda for $35.

Order online for takeout and delivery through their website or call 203-612-4948.

Chicken or shrimps pasta with Alfredo sauce, bell peppers, bacon, sweet corn, and Parmesan cheese.

Broad Business Closures to Curb COVID-19

Broad Business Closures to Curb COVID-19

On March 17, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont joined with the governors of New York and New Jersey in ordering bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to close until further notice. Additionally, they banned gatherings of 50 or more people, forcing most venues, museums, and cultural attractions to close as well.

The next day, in Greenwich, First Selectman Fred Camillo ordered all body care facilities, including hair salons, barber shops and nail salons, as well as massage establishments to close through April 30.

As of this post, restaurants are still permitted to offer takeout and delivery services, and body care facilities outside of Greenwich may choose to operate at their own discretion. Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses will remain open.

Changes to the initial restrictions are expected, as per the recommendations of the CDC, and leading state and local governments, such as NYC, where a “shelter-in-place” mandate is under consideration.

“This is changing so fast. We’ve got to work together on a coordinated basis,” Lamont said.

The same is true of the effort to keep our small businesses afloat during this disruption. Below is a list of the Chamber businesses that have been effected by the closures, and ways to support them during this time of economic uncertainty for all.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones closed to the public voluntarily on March 13, just days after celebrating 20 years in business. Read their statement to the public here.

As a non-profit organization, Stepping Stones is dependent upon the generosity of donors to remain open, now more than ever. In 2020, donations benefit Open Arms, an initiative to improve accessibility to children with financial, language, and special needs barriers.

Make a donation HERE.

Museum mascot BooZoo hugs children at Best Birthday Party Ever!  

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Ridgefield Playhouse will livestream a star-studded performance this Friday, March 20 at 8pm! Celebrity performers include Stephen Schwartz and Debbie Gravitte! More info HERE.

As a non-profit organization, Ridgefield is dependent upon the generosity of donors to remain open, now more than ever. In 2020, donations benefit community outreach and facilities upgrades.

Make a donation HERE.

 

Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteers presented a grant to The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Real Estate University

When the CT Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection approved live-streaming classes on March 9, 2020, Real Estate University was prepared and ready to go!

Take their live-streaming CT Real Estate course on a PC, Mac, Android phone, iPhone, or tablet. There’s nothing to download or install. Just log into their website on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00am and 6:00pm.

Sign up HERE.

Prospective students attend a recent information session at Real Estate University.

Cesar Pineda Agency

From Cesar: “The unknown is what we deal with on a daily basis, and we try to advise our clients to always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. We are available to service your insurance remotely or until further notice in person. Contact us to asses your risk and protect those you care about today.”

Book a one-on-one consultation by phone (203) 803-2153 or email cpineda@farmersagent.com. Receive general advice by following his social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram, where he regularly posts informational videos. 

Cesar with his partner in business and life, Mae Pineda.

Causality Tattoo Company

Causality Tattoo Company encourages clients looking to consult them or book future appointments to email causalitytattoo@gmail.com.

View artists’ portfolios, get inspired, and book HERE.

Javier Eastman, Owner/Artist, and wife. Photo by Lidia Monrroy Photography.

Rene Soto Gallery

renesotogallery.com contains an extensive gallery of historical exhibitions, from 2018-present. 

View artists’ pages, find a piece you can’t live without, and email renesotogallery@gmail.com to inquire if it is available for purchase. 

Rene Soto, Owner/Founder, with Charles Gulbrandsen, featured artist of March 2020.

Kostas’ Norwalk Shoe Repair

Kostas does more than repair shoes. He has a diverse portfolio of leather goods for both men and women, including belts, bracelets, and guitar straps.

Contact him at 203-838-1481 or info@NorwalkShoeRepair.com to propose a commission or inquire about an item posted HERE.

Kostas teaches his trade to a participant of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Cigar Factory Outlet

Discountcigars.com is the online store of local business Cigar Factory Outlet. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Can’t find what you’re looking for or overwhelmed by the options? Call a cigar expert TOLL FREE: 1-888-PUF-CGAR (1-888-783-2427).

Cigar Factory Outlet has been family-owned for 4 Generations, since 1932. 

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