Many Connecticut major retailers are adjusting their hours in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, giving employees more time to thoroughly clean stores and restock shelves.
Stores offering essential goods, including supermarkets and pharmacies, seem to be trying to stay open to help people get the crucial supplies they need.
Meanwhile, some stores and agencies are closed. Here’s a look a what is open and closed.
Editor’s Note: This information was last updates on April 2nd. We’re continuing to update our coronavirus coverage as we learn more. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.
Bradley Airport and most other airports remain open. Some carriers are changing flight schedules and modifying operations. Travelers should check with their airline to confirm schedules and flight status.
American Job Centers/Dept. of Labor
The Connecticut Department of Labor suspended in-person visits at its five centers across the state and its Wethersfield office.
The centers are located in Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hamden and Montville.
Fourteen other affiliate American Job Centers, run in partnership with the state’s five regional Workforce Investment Boards, are also closed to the public.
Signs have been posted at the centers directing customers to:
- Go towww.filectui.com to file for unemployment benefits using a personal computer, tablet or Smartphone, and to access a detailed unemployment FAQ for workers and employers.
- Visit the DOL Online Assistance Center at www.filectui.com
- Ask unemployment questions via Live Chat at www.filectui.com
- Submit general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The governor ordered the closures of amusement parks beginning at 8 p.m. on March 18.
Banks largely remain open, however some companies have started to close branches.
Chase recently announced it was closing 20 percent of branches due to coronavirus. According to Chase’s website, it appears the new downtown Hartford location is one of those that is closed temporarily.
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The governor ordered the closures of bowling alleys beginning at 8 p.m. on March 18.
Car washes are open with some changing to higher-grade disinfectants.
Both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun closed temporarily on March 17.
The closure is scheduled to last two weeks.
Neither casino has closed since opening in the 1990s.
Convenience stores are largely open and operation.
Juvenile matters will be heard in the Hartford and Bridgeport juvenile courthouses.
One building in each of the 13 Judicial Districts will be designated as the location at which only Priority 1 functions will be handled.
The following matters are Priority 1 Business Functions:
- Criminal arraignments and domestic violence arraignments;
- 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
- Orders to appear
- 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 reviews
Department of Motor Vehicles
The DMV has closed its branch offices to the public and are looking to have customers complete transactions online where possible.
Many department stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom have decided to close while others remain open for now.
Some doctor’s offices continue to see patients but the best advice is to call ahead to confirm that your appointment is still on. It may depend on whether your doctor is at a hospital or in a standalone office.
Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands
Farmers’ markets and farm stands remain open, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Gas stations remain open.
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Grocery stores remain open, though some have modified their hours to allow for additional time to restock shelves. Some stores have also created special hours at the start of the day for elderly customers to shop without being exposed to other customers.
Gyms and Fitness Centers
All gyms and fitness centers in state are closed from March 16 to April 30 by order of the governor.
Hair and Nail Salons
Governor Lamont issued an executive order requiring the closure of hair salons, barber shops and nail salons on March 19.
Home Improvement Stores
Home improvement stores are largely open.
All movie theaters in state are closed from March 16 to April 30 by order of the governor.
Package and Liquor Stores
Package and liquor stores remain open but call ahead in case they have modified hours or selection.
Most outdoor parks and recreation areas are open though social distancing is recommended.
Performing Arts Centers and Concert Venues
Many of the performing arts centers and concert venues in the state have canceled or postponed events through at least the end of April.
Pharmacies remain open to fill prescriptions and drugstores are open, however, there are shortages of sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and sprays, gloves and other related items.
Post offices remain open and mail delivery continues.
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Most public transportation remains open but check the schedules before traveling.
The rest areas on I-84 and I-91 remain open 24/7. The service plazas on I-95, I-395 and the Merritt Parkway are open 24/7 for fuel, bathrooms, convenience stores and prepared takeout food.
Restaurants and Bars
The governor ordered all restaurants and bars closed as of 8 p.m. on March 16, except for takeout and delivery service. The order is in place through April 20, however the governor can modify, extend or terminate the order at anytime.
These establishments are not able to serve non-alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
It depends greatly on the individual store. Some have cut hours or some, like Apple and Vineyard Vines, have closed temporarily. It’s best to call ahead and make sure they remain open.
Schools in Connecticut
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order requiring the closure of all Connecticut public schools schools on March 17 until March 31, however it is possible that closure will be extended.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Lamont encouraged private schools and other non-public schools to follow the same schedule.
Most shipping stores, like The UPS Store, remain open.
Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers
Most shopping malls and centers remained open until March 18. Governor Lamont ordered the closure on March 18 of indoor portions of large retail shopping malls. Outdoor portions of malls or shopping centers were not included.
Restaurants, Bars, Gyms to Close in Effort to Slow Coronavirus SpreadGov. Ned Lamont joined the governors of New York and New Jersey on Monday ordering bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and more to close.
The University of Connecticut canceled spring sports and all athletics for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
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