UPDATE: Business Exemptions For Governor Lamont’s Workplace Executive Order

UPDATE: Governor Ned Lamont sets forth workplace restrictions for non-essential businesses, as well as guidance on exempted areas. See full list https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses

Governor Ned Lamont today released guidance intended to help the state’s business and nonprofit community better understand the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order he recently signed directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance was developed in concert with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). 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 business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food, law enforcement, and similar critical services.

“I know this pandemic has brought disruption to all of our lives, but we need to pull together as a community and practice social distancing in order to reduce the spread of this virus and protect the wellbeing of our neighbors and our loved ones,” Governor Lamont said. “We can’t ignore the facts, which prove that efforts like this are the best way to slow down its impact. I cannot say it enough–if you can, the best thing to do is to stay safe and stay home.”

“We are working around the clock to support our Connecticut businesses during these extremely difficult times,” DECD Commissioner David Lehman said. “Our primary goal was to support our public health objective while balancing the important needs of our citizens and the Connecticut economy. I encourage residents and business to review the guidance carefully and apply for a waiver only if they deem necessary. DECD will also be launching more assistance for small and medium businesses who are impacted by COVID19 in the coming days.”

To help businesses in Connecticut navigate the COVID-19 crisis, DECD has established the COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit reachable at 860-500-2333.



  1. OIB is compliant with safe distancing requirements mandated by Governor Lamont. Furthermore, OIB is the latest in anti-coronavirus equipment. This is a pathogen-free website.
    We can thank Lennie Grimaldi for hosting the forum that binds us together and keeps us safely apart — all at the same time.

  2. I don’t understand why law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and medical workers aren’t getting hazard pay. And for those of you who wear a nice suit and tie to work who are saying “they signed up for it”, wrong no body signs up to get a virus and diseases. I know two Bridgeport cops who are on a life time of treatment for Hepatitis and at least three firefighters who are in a similar boat for similar things. This is a wake up call to show how much we take these real essential workers for granted. And we are here bitching and moaning about them making overtime and having a pension when they’re out here risking their health and their families health. Do you ever wonder when they get exposed that their wife, kids, and even elderly parents get exposed as well as a result of “something they signed up for”? All I’m saying is after this is all over and done with, lay off your first responders and I’m not talking about the white shirts, I’m talking about the ones in the street you actually see working that are making a lousy base pay. Just thank them, thank your nurses, your doctors, your cops, your fire department who is first response to any medical call and your EMS


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