COVID-19 State & Regional Community Toolkit

This situation is fluid and information is changing by the minute and hour. Please call businesses directly for updates, questions & concerns.

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to serving our members and the community in the Greater Mystic region. In light of the recent events related to COVID-19, we are in close contact with state and local authorities to keep the interests of our members and the greater business community in the forefront. We are compiling resources daily for our businesses and nonprofits here.

As part of the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, chamber events are postponed or cancelled until further notice, and our office & Welcome Center are closed to the public. Keep an eye on our events calendar and this website for updated information, and do not hesitate to contact us via email or Facebook with questions or updates.

BUSINESS & STATE RESOURCES

If you are a small business owner who is concerned about the impact of the coronavirus, please check out the following links. Below is a list of helpful resources to support your business during this challenging time.

CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

GOVERNOR NED LAMONT: MARCH 20 EXECUTIVE ORDER | MARCH 22 GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers Impacted by Coronavirus

SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers Impacted by Coronavirus

SBA Low-Interest Loans to Help Small Businesses Affected by Disasters - Please note that the SBA is currently finalizing disaster declarations related to Coronavirus. Once these are released, small businesses can apply. Check this website daily to see if/when CT will be eligible and/or contact the CT SBA Office @ 860-240-4700)

Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program

DECD Guidance for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Follow Naval Submarine Base New London online: Web Page: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/newlondon/index.htm & Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NavalSubmarineBaseNewLondon

NO-INTEREST LOANS AVAILABLE for Small Businesses and nonprofits through CT DECD: For additional information or questions, contact the Small Business Express Hotline at (860) 500-2333 or via email at decdctrecovery@ct.gov. Emails are preferred as there are a high volume of calls.

Norwich Chamber of Commerce

Central CT Chambers of Commerce

CBIA Coronavirus Employer's Guide

Microsoft Small Business Resources

Resources for Nonprofits: Adapting to Working Remotely with Tech Soup

SEC-TV, Channel 12 is offering FREE airtime to help businesses get through the corona virus crisis. ec-tv.org). Please contact them for more information at info@sec-tv.org.

VOX Funding: Access to emergency working business capital

Monro-DeLotto Law, LLC: Employment Laws for Sick Leave and WFH

MYSTIC BUSINESS UPDATES

RESTAURANTS OFFERING CURBSIDE PICK-UP & TAKE-OUT

Angie's Pizza

Anthony J’s Bistro

Bartleby's

Bravo Bravo

Breakwater (out of Go Fish location)

Chapter One

Christo's Pizza - Mystic & Pawcatuck

Daniel Packer Inne

Dog Watch Mystic

Engine Room

Friar Tuck’s Tavern

Friendly's Mystic

Go Fish

Grass & Bone

Karma Kitchen (Back door only. Need juices to be pre-ordered with call-ins only)

Mango's Wood-Fired Pizza Co.

Mystic Depot Roasters

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream

Mystic Market Kitchen & Eatery

Mystic Pizza

Pink Basil

Pizzetta

Rocks 21

Samurai Noodle

Shunock River Brewery & Village Café

Steak Loft (Out of Go Fish location)

The Harp & Hound

The Mariner

ATTRACTIONS & BUSINESSES OPEN (with & without limitations)

Barley Head Brewery

Enterprise Computers

Holmberg Orchards & Winery is currently open for curbside pick-ups only

Jonathan Edwards Winery

Maugle Sierra Vineyards: Call before you drive...(860) 464-2987

Olde Mistick Village

Stonington Natural Health Center

Stonington Vineyards is currently open reduced hours Wed-Sun from 12pm to 2pm for the below only. The Tasting Room is temporarily closed

Thames Valley Communications

SHOPS OFFERING ONLINE SHOPPING, FACETIME OR CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Adore Mystic (by appointment, online shopping available)

Bank Square Books

B Carvers

Glaze Handmade - The Vegan Potter

Mystic Soap Emporium

Mystic Knotwork

Mystical Toys

The Finer Line Gallery

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Bill Memorial Library

Bleu Squid

Custom House Maritime Museum

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Denison Homestead Museum

Everything Zen

Florence Griswold Museum

Foxwoods Resort Casino - Closed for two weeks

Frank's Gourmet Grille

Groton Public Library

Hang the Moon Mystic

Ivory Ella (Mon-Wed 3/16-3/18)

Jealous Monk

La Cote Mystic (until the first week of April)

Naturali

Mashantucket Pequot Museum - Closed for two weeks

Mohegan Sun - Closed for two weeks

Mystic Museum of Art

Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic & Noank Library

Mystified Escape Rooms

Noah's Restaurant

Red36

S & P Oyster

SIFT Bake Shop Mystic

Subforce Nautilus Sub Museum

The Black Dog

NON-PROFIT RESOURCES

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: At this time we continue to keep our trails open to the public. We feel it is important to get out and get some sunshine to feel the restorative power of nature, especially during this difficult time. Enjoy our outdoor resources while keeping your distance and taking all the virus precautions. Please respect personal distances when out on the trails and if you are feeling ill at all please stay home. Our buildings at the Nature Center and Coogan Farm remain closed until further notice. Click here to see our trail map.

HOPE for the Warriors: HOPE’s virtual services are still open and we continue to serve veterans and military families around the world. We are a fully remote team and can help with Zoom links, questions about productivity and process. Our social workers have great (free!) resources for family resiliency and our fundraising team is on stand-by to help craft messaging to donor and corporate partners. Please let us know how we can help!

Mystic & Noank Library: Visit our Not-So-Little Free Library outside the Library doors 24/7 for free books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, and coloring books. Take what you would like, don't return the item(s) to us, and please don't add any of your own items. We will restock daily! Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and magazines are available 24/7 from our OverDrive and RBDigital services. Our streaming movie service, Kanopy, is open 24/7 as well.

Safe Futures: Our 24/7 crisis hotlines will remain fully operational and staffed. Hotline numbers: 860-701-6001 and 860-701-6000 Our emergency shelter Genesis House will remain open and staffed to protect clients who have left abusive relationships. We are temporarily suspending all support groups and programs that serve those not in immediate crisis. Our headquarters at 16 Jay Street New London will remain open and our Norwich office will operate out of 16 Jay Street as well, but we will restrict walk-in clients to those in IMMEDIATE crisis and refer all others to engage with their advocates by telephone - only if not in immediate danger. Our team will triage clients to assess their needs and continue to see crisis clients. We are also instructing our Direct Services Team to conduct ongoing one-on-one counseling sessions by telephone when possible.

Stonington Free Library: While the Library is closed to the public we will be uploading staff reading books to our YouTube channel and social media. Mrs. Frey will be reading chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone every night at 7 pm. Access to our ONLINE services is available 24/7 from home, such as downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, research databases, our YouTube channel and more.

Yellow Farmhouse Education Center: Every weekday at 11am, the Yellow Farmhouse is going live on facebook (@yellowfarmct) with a cooking activity or craft using supplies easily found in most pantries and homes. We have had a good response so far and parents are letting us know that having the regular time to check in is really helpful. We are also planning to start a reading group geared at teachers but open to anyone and also potentially a virtual teacher PD.