Connecticut residents are being urged to stay home as Governor Ned Lamont plans to order all non-essential businesses closed to slow the spread of coronavirus in Connecticut.
Lamont is expected to sign an order under a new “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” campaign.”
All non-essential businesses will need to have employees work from home, the governor said.
“All of the direct and indirect services that are critical to helping battle COVID-19 and keeping our economy moving as much as possible” will be exempt, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief’s operating officer.
Exemptions from the order, according to Lamont and Gabelle, will likely include:
- Grocery stores
- Take out and delivery food service
- Gas stations
- Major construction projects already underway
- Major defense manufacturing facilities
- Public transportation
- Childcare services
- Auto repair stores
- Hardware stores
- Package stores
- Banks/Financial institutions
Commissioner David Lehman of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development will be the one to lay out which businesses and industries are exempt from the order. Those specifics are expected over the weekend once the exact text of the order is released. The above list is only what is expected.
Workers who do work at these essential business are being asked to self-monitor their temperature for a fever, Lamont said. Those workers are being asked to also avoid large gatherings or social activities after work.