Connecticut

Stay at Home

Connecticut has a “Stay at Home Initiative” rather than any compulsory order. More information is available here.

Business Interruption

On March 20, Gov. Lamont ordered all businesses operating in Connecticut to reduce “their in-person workforces at any workplace locations by 100% not later than March 23, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential goods, services or functions shall not be subject to these in-person restrictions.” The restrictions are in place through April 22. The list of essential services is fairly broad and is worth reviewing for entities providing legal or financial services. A copy of the order is available here.

Collection Agency No Action Position on Working From Home

The Connecticut Department of Banking issued a Memorandum on March 9, 2020, stating it was taking “a no action position concerning the requirement that any Connecticut licensable activity by a Consumer Credit Licensee be conducted from a licensed branch office location,” provided: 1) The Connecticut licensable activity is conducted from the home location of an individual working on behalf of a Connecticut CC Licensee; 2) The individual is working from home due to a reason relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and has informed the Connecticut CC Licensee of such reason in writing; 3) The individual maintains all necessary licenses under Title 36a to conduct such Connecticut licensable activity; 4) None of the Connecticut licensable activity will be conducted in person with members of the public from the home location; and 5) The Connecticut CC Licensee shall at all times exercise reasonable supervision of the Connecticut licensable activity being performed at the home office and ensure that appropriate safeguards and controls are established concerning consumer information and data security. On April 16, 2020, the no action position was extended through May 31, 2020.

Tolling

On March 19, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont entered Executive Order No. 7G suspending ” all statutory ( 1) location or venue requirements; (2) time requirements, statutes of limitation or other limitations or deadlines relating to service of process, court proceedings or court filings; and (3) all time requirements or deadlines related to the Supreme, Appellate and Superior courts or their judicial officials to issue notices, hold court, hear matters and/or render decisions. . .” In addition, EO No. 7G suspended “Non-Critical Court Operations.”

Court Emergency

Jury trials have been suspended until further notice, except for “jury trials currently in progress and criminal jury trials necessitated by the filing and granting of speedy trial motions.” Courts are hearing only matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions” until further notice.
The following matters are Priority 1 Business Functions:
Criminal arraignments of defendants held in lieu of bond and all arraignments involving domestic violence cases;
Juvenile Detention hearings;
Family orders of relief from abuse;
Civil orders of relief from abuse
Civil protection orders
Ex parte motions
Orders of temporary custody (Juvenile Matters)
Orders to appear (Juvenile Matters)
Emergency ex parte order of temporary custody
Juvenile detention operations for detainees held for juvenile court
Termination of parental rights
Domestic violence victim notification
Civil and family capias mittimus execution and bond review

Several courts have been closed to the public. More information is available here.