How You Can Ask Questions on Impact of COVID-19 on CT Businesses Before Talks Tomorrow

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The governor and the committee that has been working on a plan to reopen the state’s businesses will be meeting virtually for a roundtable discussion Thursday and you have the opportunity to pose questions.  

If you have questions for the panel, you can email them to

Gov. Ned Lamont said that members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s business committee will hold a roundtable discussion at 10 a.m. on Thursday about the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community.

The public discussion comes days before some Connecticut businesses will be able to reopen of May 20.

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Some of the members of the advisory group’s business committee who will participate in this roundtable include

David Lehman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, who will be the moderator.

Joe Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association; Oni Chukwu, executive chairman of Aventri; Dan Meiser, chairman of the Connecticut Restaurant Association; Fran Pastore, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council; Meredith Reuben, CEO of EBP Supply Solutions; David Roche, president of the Connecticut Building Trades; and Garrett Sheehan, president and CEO of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce will participate.

The state Department of Labor said it has received more than 504,000 unemployment claim applications amid the COVID-19 pandemic and paid out more than $1.27 billion in benefits since the pandemic began to affect the state: $511 million in state benefits; $755.6 million in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation; and $7.7 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Of the claim applications received, 457,000 have been processed.

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