Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak. The State of Connecticut has a webpage with the latest information. See also: Frequently asked questions on the State of CT's actions related to Covid-19.
- Court, immigration, and administrative hearings
- DSS benefits, health insurance, driver's licenses, and more
- Health information
- Housing - Homes and apartments
- Scams and fraud
- School and Education
- Social Security, Medicare
- Utilities, phone, Internet, and more
- Work and employment
CT Safe Connect’s domestic violence hotlines are open. Call or text 1-888-774-2900 or use the chat function at www.ctsafeconnect.com.
Courts in Connecticut are still accepting applications for
- Temporary Restraining Orders, and
- Civil Protection Orders.
If you need to apply for one of these orders, make sure to file at one of the open Judicial District courthouses listed here: https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/CourthousesOpened.pdf.
The courts are also processing criminal cases involving domestic violence.
If have low income and you need legal help, call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320. For more information, visit the section on Abuse and Violence on this website.
Status of State Courts
Only a few state courthouses are open, and you may only enter an open courthouse if you are
- involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding,
- filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order or Civil Protection Order, or
- filing or have a hearing on an emergency motion for temporary child custody or lockout* case.
*If a state marshal or your landlord changes your locks or physically removes you or your belongings from your home, read this article on evictions and lockouts during the Covid-19 crisis. Also see the legal aid article: Evictions and Lockouts.
For all other family, housing, small claims, and motor vehicle infractions, please do NOT enter a courthouse. Instead, call the appropriate clerk’s office using the number listed on this document for the courthouse open in your area.
Is my hearing or trial still being held?
Hearings for restraining orders, protection orders, emergency Ex Parte motions (including motions in lockout cases and emergency temporary custody cases), and criminal arraignments for people in custody continue to be scheduled. Most other civil and criminal hearings and trials are NOT being held until further notice.
- No eviction hearings or trials are being held.
- No eviction judgments (including default judgments) are being entered.
- No previously issued eviction orders (called executions) can be served by state marshals until at least May 1.
- No child support enforcement hearings are being held.
To check the status of your case, look up your case here.
Fines and fees for criminal and motor vehicle matters have been deferred until further notice, but all traffic tickets can still be paid online.
Read the Judicial Branch’s full notice on limiting entrance into state courthouses. Get more information about the Judicial Branch’s official COVID-19 updates.
If you have very low income and you need help with a legal problem, call Statewide Legal Services at 800-453-3320.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.
The Executive Office for Immigration announced on Twitter that all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16/2020 - 04/10/2020 are postponed. Get current info on their website.
U.S. District Court: See the latest information on their website.
- The Connecticut Department of Labor is holding telephone hearings. Instructions for registering are in English and Spanish.
New special enrollment period for uninsured Connecticut residents. Read this special notice from Access Health CT. Note: People with low income can apply for HUSKY at any time.
DSS Field Offices will be closed to the public until further notice.
DSS staff will continue to provide services. For completed applications or documents to be processed, you can leave them in the secure dropbox located outside of each DSS field office or mail your forms to:
DSS Scanning Center
PO Box 1320,
Manchester, CT 06045
- The Connecticut Department of Education is working hard to make sure no student goes hungry while schools are closed. If your family relies on school meals, check with your local school district to see where they are setting up locations to eat or pick up food during school closures.
- Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut to find out which food pantries are open.
Access Health CT has announced a new special enrollment period for uninsured Connecticut residents. Please note that people with low income can apply for HUSKY at any time.
Yale/New Haven Hospital
- Hotline: 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644)
- 860-972-8100 or (toll-free) 833-621-0600
Information about the virus
- State of Connecticut
- World Health Organization: English | Spanish | Arabic / العربية | Mandarin Chinese / 官話 | Russian / Pусский
- White House Coronavirus Task Force
- As of 3/20/20, ALL eviction orders (called “executions”) issued by housing courts in CT have been stayed through May 1st. This means that a state marshal cannot serve you with an “execution” eviction order, physically remove you or your belongings from your apartment, or change your locks before May 1, 2020. If a marshal comes to remove your things from your home, show them this copy of the court’s order stopping executions through May 1, 2020. Read more...
- All foreclosure sales scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020, and Saturday, March 28, 2020 will now be held in May.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1. USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.
- USCIS encourages anyone with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus to get necessary medical treatment. Medical treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any future Public Charge analysis. Read more...
- The Executive Office for Immigration announced on Twitter that all non-detained aliens' master calendar hearings scheduled 03/16/2020 - 04/10/2020 are postponed.
- From the Federal Trade Commission: Beware of scams about checks from the government
There are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know.
- The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.
- The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
- These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. Read more...
Delays in education are going to be inevitable. Families should consult their school district's website. Districts are putting distance learning into place as quickly as possible, but it may look different in each district. Children with disabilities who have 504 plans or IEPs may be especially impacted. Families without internet access may need to call their district for extra help with distance learning. Check your district's website for information about how to contact school staff for extra help. If this is unsatisfactory, consider calling your local legal aid office for help.
More information: Social Security & Coronavirus Disease
Medicare Part B will cover coronavirus testing if the individual’s doctor or other health care provider orders it and the test was performed on or after February 4, 2020. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) has also released some documents that may be of interest to people who get Medicare.
All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Their online services remain available. Local offices will continue to provide critical services over the phone.
If you are applying for Social Security or appealing a Social Security decision, keep any documentation you have of COVID-19 making it hard for you to apply/appeal for SSA benefits, and always ask for GOOD CAUSE if you appeal late. Keep a list of how many times, and how long each time, you stayed on the phone trying to connect with the local or national phone line. All forms and documentation should be sent to your local SSA office.
The 2020 tax day deadline for both state and federal taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020.
- The State of CT Public Utilities Authority (PURA) has announced a utility shut-off moratorium for the duration of the Emergency Order declared by Governor Lamont on March 10, 2020, or until another time determined by PURA. If you are a residential customer of a public service company regulated by PURA, your utilities cannot be shut off until the Governor lifts the emergency order or until PURA says the moratorium is over. This is in addition to the winter shut-off moratorium, which ends in May. If your utilities are shut off during the emergency order, contact PURA to file a complaint. Read more...
- The Metropolitan District (MDC) in Harford has pledged not to turn off water until further notice. Check their website for updates.
DMV: Driver's License and more
- The DMV has extended expiration dates for driver's licenses, ID cards, and learner's permits. See all DMV advisories here.
During the COVID-19 crisis, internet providers in Connecticut have been making efforts to help the state's residents get online and stay connected. Here are the packages and offers currently available in the state.
If you need childcare so you can work, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut or visit 211ct.org.
The 2020 tax day deadline for both state and federal taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15, 2020.
From the Connecticut Department of Labor website: If you become unemployed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should file for unemployment benefits. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. To file your claim, go to www.filectui.com and click the blue button. For faster claims processing, have your return-to-work date, if known, and your employer's registration number readily available. Answer YES to the question "Do you have a DEFINITE return to work date after today?" If you do not yet have a definite return-to-work date, enter 04/01/2020. If you do not have your employer's registration number, enter 99-999-95. Full instructions are here.
Ask your employer to put you on furlough if possible. This means your employer is giving you a date to return to work. The employer is free to change that date if they wish. Being on furlough speeds up the unemployment application process. Along with the return to work date, you should make sure to provide your employer’s registration number when filing. If you don’t know the number, ask someone in your employer’s payroll department.