Coronavirus Update-Change to Phase 2, Tennis Lessons, Dog Obedience Classes, Religious and Graduation Gathering Changes, PPE Changes & Case Data

Coronavirus Update-Change to Phase 2, Tennis Lessons, Dog Obedience Classes, Religious and Graduation Gathering Changes, PPE Changes & Case Data

June 5th – Change is the word of the day. The Governor announced Phase 2 would now begin on June 17th.  The guidelines for Phase 2 were to be released tomorrow, but now it appears the guidelines won’t be released until sometime next week.  Like many of you, we are anxious to receive the guidelines for youth sports and whether there will be any changes to the restriction on shared sports equipment and balls.  

Parks and Recreation will be offering tennis lessons on the Middlebrook School tennis courts, subject to USTA guidelines, and dog obedience classes outside Comstock. Look for details and sign-up information on Monday.  

The Governor issued Executive Order 7XX, which among others allows for the lifting of restrictions on the number of attendees for drive-in religious services and drive-in graduations based on the following circumstances: 

  • Religious services: all attendees remain in vehicles and if either: (a) vehicle windows remain closed or (b) vehicles remain at least six feet apart and participants wear masks or cloth face coverings. 
  • Graduations: all attendees remain in vehicles except for graduates briefly leaving vehicles to receive diplomas and if either: (a) vehicle windows remain closed or (b) vehicles remain at least six feet apart and all attendees wear masks or cloth face coverings. The Commissioner of Education may issue mandatory guidance for the safe conduct of such ceremonies.

Per the Department of Economic and Community Development “The U.S. Congress adopted the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act that makes changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including

·       Extends the period to use PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks

  • Reduces the minimum payroll spend to 60% (from 75%)
  • Borrowers can now use the 24-week period to fully restore their workforce levels and wages (December 31 instead of June 30)
  • Businesses now have five years to repay the loan, instead of two

The new legislation also includes a number of updates and exceptions related to loan forgiveness, the rehiring of employees, and the payment of payroll taxes.” 

There were 79 new cases reported in Fairfield County. Wilton remained at 204 cases. Fairfield County hospitalizations decreased by 15 to 111. Total deaths in Fairfield County increased by 11 to 1,304. 

Statewide, CT DPH reports 221 new cases for a total of 43,460 as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday. 237 cases have not yet been assigned to a municipality. 5,857 new tests were performed for a pandemic-to-date total of 285,314 in Connecticut.  Statewide deaths rose by 31 to 4,038. Statewide hospitalizations decreased by 23 patients to 350 patients with a laboratory-confirmed positive test.

Out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance.”  Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 

As always, if you have any questions, please email the appropriate town department or me at [email protected].

Thank you,

Lynne Vanderslice

First Selectwoman