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Small Businesses - Surgical Masks

Posted on
April 27, 2020
First Selectman's Office
Dear Morris Small Business Owners:

The State of Connecticut has partnered with CBIA-CONNSTEP to assist in the distribution of donated surgical masks to eligible, essential small businesses with 50 employees or less.  These eligible, essential small businesses and their employees located within our Town are the backbone of our economies and these masks will help to ensure their continuity. The Town will pick up the masks ordered by Morris businesses this coming Thursday and distribute them to the businesses that ordered them. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are eligible, essential small businesses?
Eligible, essential small businesses must have 50 employees or less with a need for surgical masks.
The list of essential businesses is available here:  https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Business-Exemptions-for-Coronavirus

Should all eligible, essential small businesses request masks?

Eligible, essential small businesses and employees that have limited contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own facemasks following CDC guidelines. We must ensure the limited supply of surgical masks is available to eligible, essential businesses that need them the most.  

How many times can surgical masks be used?

The CDC recommends the preservation of necessary PPE by instituting extended use policies. Additionally, FEMA, recommends preservation methods to reduce, reuse and repurpose PPE. Both FEMA and CDC guidelines can be found here

Is there a limit to the number of Surgical Masks that can be requested?

Eligible, essential small businesses must limit their total request to 2 surgical masks per employee. The maximum request should not exceed 100 masks.

How do eligible, essential small businesses make a request?
Eligible, essential small businesses can make a request on the CBIA-CONNSTEP Portal at the following link: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/ct-smb-surgical-mask-requests. At this time, only surgical masks are available to eligible, essential small businesses. 

Are healthcare workers and first responders receiving PPE?

Yes, healthcare workers and first responders continue to receive priority distributions of varying types of PPE as they are made available. First responders should continue to make resource requests through the local Emergency Management Director.

How often will this distribution to small businesses be occurring?

At this time, this is a one-time distribution of masks to eligible, essential small businesses in Connecticut.

Will every requestor receive masks?

Supplies are limited at this time; therefore, it is possible that not all requestors will receive the masks they request.

Any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me @ 860-806-9950 or 1stselectman@townofmorrisct.com.

Tom Weik
First Selectman, Town of Morris