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 www.filectui.com. 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 www.filectui.com.