Connecticut to distribute free face masks to small businesses amid pandemic


Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont has partnered with Connecticut Business and Industry Association and its affiliate CONNStep. to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses.

Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 employees and those defined as essential businesses by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Gov. Lamont reports face coverings will be distributed next week through the municipality in which the business is located. The local municipality will contact businesses with a date, time, and location to receive the masks.

“The more proactive measures we can take to prevent the spread of this virus and keep everyone healthy, the sooner we’ll be able to reopen operations.

We were able to secure over 4 million masks this week that have replenished our supplies and put us in a position to support small businesses.

– Governor Ned Lamont/ Connecticut

Eligible essential small businesses can request up to two free face coverings per employee by filling out the form found here.

The state encourages all small businesses that can create their own face coverings to do so using CDC guidelines to ensure the limited supply of coverings goes to small businesses that are struggling to secure their own supply.

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And while it is good news for those essential small businesses. Other small businesses that are not essential and have had their doors closed for over a month are begging to reopen.

The governor has mentioned most non essential businesses will likely stay closed until June as they continue to work on the reopening plan for our state.

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