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Posted on: May 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 05/01/20: CT to Reopen Some Sectors on May 20 & Info on How Self-Employed Can Apply for Unemployment

Trumbull Economic Development

Gov. Ned Lamont today affirmed that a number of sectors – including restaurants, retailers and hair salons – will begin to open on May 20, 2020.

Lamont said the move is the first of a four-tier system, with a gradual lifting of restrictions continuing through the year. At least four weeks will pass between a move to the next tier.

The list of businesses that can reopen on May 20 includes:

  • Restaurants (outdoor service only; no bar areas)
  • Remaining retail (including boutiques, jewelry stores, toy stores)
  • Offices (workers should still work from home, if possible)
  • Personal services (hair and nail salons only)
  • Museums and zoos (outdoor only)
  • Additional outdoor recreation (camping, mountain biking)
  • University research programs

CT Labor Department Launches New System Today For Self-Employed to Apply for Federal Unemployment Benefits

Today, the Connecticut Department of Labor began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

Federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located on Applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor before they can apply on the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online system that will also be located at

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