In this section you will find relevant federal resources organized by category, and access the latest information. We have also included our Resource Guide explaining each of the SBA financial relief programs and the appropriate use of funds for each.
CT Department of Revenue Services: Sales Tax Relief
The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is making sellers of meals aware that they may be eligible for a benefit that was recently authorized by legislation.
In order to qualify for this benefit, the seller must make sales of meals and be included in Sector 72 of the NAICS. It is up to each seller to make a determination as to whether it qualifies under Sector 72. If a seller determines that it qualifies for this benefit, the seller is eligible to retain sales tax it collects on sales of meals during one of the following weeks:
- August 1, 2021, to August 7, 2021;
- December 12, 2021, to December 18, 2021; or
- May 15, 2022, to May 21, 2022.
Please check portal.ct.gov/DRS for the latest information.
CDC: Reopening Decision Worksheet
The CDC released a tool to help restaurants & bars evaluate public health considerations for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
National Restaurant Association: Reopening
The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe team has released guidance to help restaurants restart when the nation begins reopening its businesses.
The guidance offers instruction on how to begin serving customers in partial and full-service capacities. The Association encourages combining the guidelines with existing corporate policies, the FDA Food Code, ServSafe training, and recommendations from local health officials.
Explore Dining Bonds for your Restaurant
The dining bonds are being offered by participating restaurants across the country at a suggested savings of 25 percent when purchased. For example, a $100 bond will sell for $75 and would be redeemed for full value on or after the redemption date, typically 30 – 60 days after purchase.
A dedicated website, www.supportrestaurants.org, allows diners to search for and connect with participating restaurants while also letting restaurants sign on to the program. Transactions can then be handled directly between customer and restaurant, with individual restaurants setting their own terms and conditions and fulfilling the transactions.
CT Arts & Culture Reopening Guidance
This COVID-19 Operating Guidelines document (the“Plan”) is intended to provide information to those in the arts and culture sector and other interested parties and to assist in reopening according to the guidelines provided by the State of Connecticut.
Event Safety Alliance: Reopening
The Reopening Guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.
International Franchise Association: Reopening
This extensive blueprint document includes guidance for a variety of industries commonly franchised, from automotive and education, to restaurants and senior care.
While it is designed for franchises, non-franchise businesses can also benefit from some of the recommendations included.