CRMA in contact with state leaders
COVID -19 cases continue to climb
, vaccination plan outlined
Other news and notes from around the state

  • With another weekend of shopping upcoming, CRMA again urges retailers to stay vigilant in compliance with Safe Store guidelines.
  • We are confident that you will. If you need to review the safe store guidelines you do that by going here.
  • Also, please understand that CRMA is in constant contact with DECD Commissioner David Lehman regarding the status of how the increase in cases will impact retail stores remaining open. 
  • As of earlier this week, Commissioner Lehman assured us that there are currently NO plans to “shutdown” retail or impose additional restrictions.
  • We will continue to keep a dialogue going with the Commissioner and we will do our best to keep promoting the safe shopping that consumers can expect when shopping with a CT retailer – and we are confident that you will continue to do your part too.
  • CRMA is here if you need anything. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can do that by calling our office at 860-527-1044 or by emailing us at


COVID-19 numbers continue to climb, vaccination plan outlined

  • State public health officials anticipate COVID-19 vaccinations will be available this month beginning with health care workers, emergency medical responders and nursing home residents.
  • As vaccines continue to arrive, they expect anyone in Connecticut who’d like a vaccine will have access to one by the Fall. The Hartford Courant reports the story here.
  • The state is planning to roll out the vaccines in three phases during the coming months. CTNewsJunkie has the details of the plan here.
  • Connecticut on Thursday reported a positivity rate of 7.1%, the highest daily rate the state has seen since the end of May. Hospitalizations were 1,191, down slightly from 1,202 the previous day. The Hartford Courant has the latest numbers here.


News and notes from around the state

  • Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro of New Haven was selected by the Democratic caucus to become chair of the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential posts on federal spending, which observers say is good news for Connecticut. CT Mirror has the details here.
  • Lamont and House Republican leadership exchanged views on how to best help businesses in the coming year, on issues including Family Medical Leave payroll deduction and property tax payments. Fairfield County Business Journal reports the story here.
  • The ranks of House leadership is growing, with a series of appointments by incoming House Speaker Matt Ritter. CT Mirror has the story here.
  • The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hartford has been canceled for the second consecutive year. Hartford Business Journal has the news here.