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Posted on: May 18, 2021

05/18/21: Update-May 19 Restrictions Lifted and New Back to Work Hiring Incentive

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Fully vaccinated CT residents won’t be required to wear masks indoors starting May 19, 2021

Connecticut residents who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors beginning May 19, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday, following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The mask mandate will be lifted for vaccinated people the same day that other COVID-19 restrictions are being rolled back in the state. Beginning May 19, alcohol can be served without food, meaning bars can reopen; there will be no limit to the number of people who may sit at a table in a restaurant; and the business curfew will be moved back to midnight. Read More

State offering $1,000 to the unemployed who find jobs

Connecticut's governor is offering a new initiative to get the people of Connecticut back to work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the "Back to Work CT Initiative," which will give people a $1,000 signing bonus when they get a new job. 

This bonus will be for 10,000 individuals who have been long-term unemployed. 

Once those people have been in their job for eight weeks, they will receive $1,000 from the state. To be eligible, workers must:  

  • Have filed an unemployment claim with the State of Connecticut for the week immediately prior to May 30, 2021.
  • Obtain and maintain a full-time job for a period of eight consecutive weeks prior to Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Not receive unemployment compensation during the required eight-week period of employment. 

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