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5/18/2020 - COVID-19 Southbury Update

Governor Lamont Announces Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group to Hold Community Roundtable Tuesday at 2PM

Members of the Public Encouraged to Submit Questions Related to the Impact of COVID-19 on Their Communities

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s community committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. regarding how best to balance health and economic outcomes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for those who are among the state’s most vulnerable populations. Members of the public who have questions for the panel can email their inquiries to The discussion will be broadcast live by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and available to watch on its cable television channel and through a live stream on

Governor Lamont and Governor Raimondo to Align Hair Salon and Barber Shop Reopenings in Early June

(HARTFORD, CT) – As their administrations continue developing strategies for the safe reopening of sectors of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island today announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June. Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20, however Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses he feels that it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.

Governor Lamont said, “We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.”

Governor Raimondo said, “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely. We look forward to continuing to coordinate with our regional partners are we work toward reopening these businesses in early June.”

Governor Lamont Releases Dental Guidance Agreed Upon by Working Group of Dentists, Hygienists, and Assistants

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today released the guidance document that was developed through a collaborative working group organized by his administration and provides best practices for dentist offices that are considering expanding their operations beyond emergency care in the coming days.

See the full release here.

Reopen Southbury

  • Southbury’s Temporary Outdoor Dining Fast-track Permit Process. The Town of Southbury has approved a simple, no-fee fast-track process for food service establishments who seek to offer outside dining, or to expand their existing outside dining, in response to Connecticut’s Reopening protocol for COVID-19 per Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No 7MM.
    Applicants fill out a one-page form, found on the town’s website, with an attached site plan sketch (to scale) and a narrative detailing the number of table/chairs; hours of operation; waste management plan, etc. and submit it to the land use department. Further requirements are detailed on the no-fee application.
    The application process is managed by the Southbury Land Use Department and requires just two signatures, the Fire Marshall and Land Use Administrator/ZEO. The permit is good until November 25, 2020. For more information call 203-262-0634 or e-mail:
  • State Department of Economic and Community Development’s Sector Rules for Restaurant Outdoor Dining Reopening: GUIDELINES.
  • Reopening Southbury Webinar Series
    SIGN-UP for our 2nd webinar, focused on reopening business in Southbury. Topic: “Temporary Outdoor Dining”. Details at

The Southbury Office of Economic Development has put together a resource information page for local businesses to better understand the available assistance programs on the Town, State, and Federal level.

LOCAL BUSINESS HOTLINE: Call (203) 262-0683 or e-mail: to reach Economic Development Director, Kevin Bielmeier for questions or assistance.