The Stamford Office of Economic Development put together this resource information page for local businesses to better understand the programs that are currently available at the City, State, and Federal levels. This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.
Business Reopening Guidelines: Governor Ned Lamont's administration released documents detailing specific rules that eligible businesses falling under phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening plans must follow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase – which includes restaurants; offices; retail stores; and outdoor museums and zoos – is currently planned to take effect beginning May 20.
Businesses and non-profits planning to open on May 20 (or during Phase 1) must certify with the state that they understand and will comply with these rules. The mandatory self-certification process only takes a few minutes and can be found online at https://business.ct.gov/recovery.
Certification must be completed before a business can reopen. If you are a Restaurant, You must fill out this Outdoor Dining Permit prior to reopening. Please ensure you have all necessary documents and the city will process your application as quickly as possible.
Documents containing the rules for the first phase of reopening are available to download directly at these links:
Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only)
Restaurants (Outdoor Only)
Retail & Malls
Hair Salons & Barbershops
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U.S Federal – Federal COVID-19 Portal
State of CT – State COVID-19 Portal
The State of Connecticut, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period.
DECD's COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit: The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses to navigate resources and develop new resources.
For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at COVID19.JIC@ct.gov, or call the DECD Small Business hotline at (860) 500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information. For the most updated information, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.com. For information on business resources, visit: DECD Portal
City of Stamford – City COVID-19 Portal
Stamford Emergency Hotline (203) 977-8840: A brief informational recording that will be updated as needed.
Stamford Hospital COVID-19 Hotline (203) 276-4111: Health professionals will answer questions or concerns regarding the virus. Stamford Health officials are available to speak 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.