PPP Extension, Travel Advisory, Signage, OEDC News & More


PHASE 3: The State has delayed Phase 3 of reopening the economy. There is no reschedule date at this time. LATEST GUIDANCE & WHAT IS OPEN 

REGIONAL TRAVEL ADVISORY & QUARANTINE: As stated from David Lehman of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut is one of only two states in the country that continues to see declining infection rates for COVID-19. This is a direct result of residents and businesses embracing the rules and requirements to prevent the virus from spreading.  

To continue to be safe, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. There are 19 STATES that meet this criteria. 

NEW SIGNAGE FOR YOUR BUSINESS: The State developed new signage outlining the four consistent actions that help stop the spread of COVID-19. SIGNAGE can be downloaded and printed for use in the business place.  

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM EXTENDED: The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended until August 8th, which will give small businesses and nonprofits additional time to use the remaining $130 billion PPP funds. Since launching in March, the program has been modified a number of times, i.e. eligibility of rules and requirements for loan forgiveness, a reduction of the amount of the loan that must be used on payroll expenses, and the time to use the funds has been extended. Those that have not applied for the program previously, should apply prior to August 8th. PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM INFORMATION


NEW BUSINESS: Rings End, a full service paint and design center located at 131 Boston Post Road, opened for business a few weeks ago. Orange Barbershop, located at 633 Orange Center Road, has opened and a ribbon cutting will be scheduled the week of July 20th. Also at 633 Orange Center Road, Small Town Nutrition is set to open within the next week. The smoothie and juice bar will also offer healthy snacks, baked goods, tea, coffee and more. 

THE ORANGE COMMUNITY FARMERS' MARKET HAS OPENED:While most community events have been canceled, the Orange Community Farmer's Market began the season on Thursday, June 25th. The market runs from 3:30 to 7:00 each Thursday until September 24th. Visit over 11 vendors selling products such as vegetables, honey, baked goods, sauces, rubs, jams, and more. The market is operating with COVID guidelines - masks, social distancing, etc. For more information, call the OEDC at 203-891-1045, or view the FARM MARKET WEBSITE.

ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: The cancelation of the Orange Fireman's Carnival due to the COVID-19 crisis has a severe effect on funding of the Orange Volunteer Firemen's Association. Proceeds from the carnival help fund operations and the purchase of vital equipment needed to safeguard the Town of Orange. A campaign, "It's all about Community" Fire Truck $50K Challenge has been established to help this much needed function. Any wanting to donate can go to their GO FUND ME PAGE. No amount is too small.

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