New CRMA website section on Retail Business Reopening
Updates from Gov Lamont on reopening
Required Signage for Retail Stores Available Thru CRMA
Links to live by



New CRMA website section on Retail Business Reopening

  • CRMA has launched a new section of our website with key information highlighting state guidelines for reopening, and direct links to relevant information.  The new COVID-19 Retail Business Information Center can been viewed at here.


Updates from Gov. Lamont on reopening

  • During Monday’s news briefing, Gov. Lamont and DECD Commissioner Lehman indicated that if individuals are not wearing a mask, business owners are permitted to deny service.
  • A new Executive Order from the Governor providing additional information related to the reopening of retail is anticipated later today or tomorrow.  We will add a link to it, when issued, on the CRMA website.


NOW AVAILALBE! Required Signage for Retail Stores Thru CRMA

  • CRMA has finalized a collaboration with a Connecticut business, Sign Pro, located in the Plantsville section of Southington, for a complete package of the signs that retailers need to comply with state reopening guidelines.  Signs can be ordered immediately.
  • To see the Retail Opening Compliance Kit, go to and scroll down the home page to Featured Products – Retail Opening Compliance Kit.  Click on that, and you’ll see the full range of products being offered – at a significant discount for CRMA members.
  • This kit is designed to comply with Merchant and Mall Reopening Guidelines. It includes signage on PPE, Shields, Sidewalk/Lawn/Wall Signs, Floor Wayfinding and Window graphics.
  • CRMA expresses appreciation to Sign Pro President Peter Rappoccio, who said that “as a Connecticut manufacturer he was pleased to work with a Connecticut association like CRMA to serve Connecticut business needs during this crisis, helping to put people back to work safely.”
  • If you have specific questions, please reach out to Tim Phelan at CRMA, or Rick Mullins at Sign Pro at 860-SIGN-PRO or


Links to live by

  • If you missed the webinar with DECD Commissioner David Lehman, conducted on Friday along with CRMA President Tim Phelan and CBIA CEO Joe Brennan, you can watch it here.
  • Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, but Gov. Lamont announced Monday that their reopening has been delayed until June 1 to allow for additional preparation time and to be coordinated with Rhode Island. Details here.
  • According to the latest state data, there have been 38,116 positive coronavirus cases reported in Connecticut, and 3,449 deaths. There are 920 patients currently hospitalized in Connecticut with COVID-19.  Details are available here.