I have seen some rumors spreading around the news and I would like to provide you with some clear and accurate information.
The Governor is not shutting down all businesses. Grocery stores, banks, gas stations and many other businesses will remain open. Please do not rush and over stock on grocery items and hygiene products. It is important for all members of our community to have access to these items.
As ordered by Governor Lamont yesterday, Connecticut will be following a similar framework to New York. The Governor has released an executive order and as of Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 8PM all “non-essential businesses” to prohibit all in person functions. This does not include “healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.”
The general spirit of the executive order released last night is to stay home and go out only when you need to. I have included the executive order below and encourage everyone to read it. After you have had the opportunity to read the order, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
I would also like to thank you for staying positive and optimistic as our daily lives continue to change. We will persevere. I encourage you to visit my website that I am updating daily with accurate information and resources on a federal, state and local level. You can view the website by clicking here.
Governor Lamont Signs Executive Order Asking Connecticut Businesses and Residents: ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’
Posted on March 20, 2020
Governor Directs All Non-Essential Functions in Connecticut to Suspend In-Person Operations Beginning 8PM Monday;
Governor Provides Updated Guidance to Individuals and New Order Affecting Businesses
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that part of the ongoing civil preparedness and public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, he is directing Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay at Home.”
Under today’s executive order, the governor is directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions if they are able to, effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement.
The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.
The Office of the Governor is working in concert with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to develop guidance for all businesses relating to this order. That guidance will be released over the weekend.
“At this critical time it is essential that everyone just stay home so we can contain the spread of this virus while keeping essential services running,” Governor Lamont said. “I know that this will be disruptive to many and will bring many daily activities to a halt, but the only way we will be able to mitigate the impacts of this public health emergency is to take measures like this. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation, and I especially want to thank the essential workers who are needed to keep critical services running.”
The governor is calling this his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” initiative. The plan recommends that state residents do the following:
- Effective at 8PM on Monday, March 23, all non-essential businesses statewide should close;
- Non-essential public community gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason should be canceled (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
- If you must leave your home, do not travel in groups -groups must be limited to workers providing essential services;
- Everyone should keep at least six feet away from each other whenever possible;
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services should implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
- potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
- Sick individuals should not leave their home except to fill critical needs or to receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using soap and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds works best.
The businesses for which this order applies shall include, but not be limited to, the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which are available at www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors. For more information, refer to the text of the executive order.
**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7H
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