(WFSB) - People in Connecticut will now have to start covering their faces with masks or cloths in public places.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order went into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday
He called an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
People should expect to wear the coverings while on the job if they are working around people. Customers inside local stores are also required to have a face covering.
It's something that's been in place in the City of New Haven since Friday morning. It was put in place for workers at businesses such as big box and grocery stores.
The number of cases of coronavirus is still on the rise in Connecticut, according to health officials.
As of Sunday night, there were 17,962 confirmed cases.
That was up by more than 400 people when compared to the day before.
As far as deaths go, 1,127 people passed away in Connecticut due to COVID-19.
That number was also up by more than 40 people.
More than 1,900 people were hospitalized. That number, however, is down.
For the second day in a row, more COVID-19 patients were released from the hospital as of Sunday.
Lamont called that a step in the right direction, but far from a victory lap.
The governor posted a tweet.
“This isn't over," he said. "We lost another 41 Connecticut residents and we mourn their lives. Together, we can have an impact on flattening the curve, but if people tell you the pandemic has ended—they are wrong."
Lamont issued the executive order for people to wear a mask in public if it's impossible to maintain social distancing.
"This executive order also applies to the workplace," he said. "Employees will have to cover their nose and mouths at all times. Employers are expected to provide masks or cloth face coverings."
If employers can't provide coverings, they must provide materials and a CDC tutorial on how to make masks or cloth face coverings and compensate employees for their costs to make their own.
They will also be required for anyone looking to use a taxi, rideshare or public transportation.
Lamont said a lot of this boils down to common sense.
If people are going out on a jog or walking your dog, this is not where a mask is required, he said.
It is when they are around people and need to keep social distance.
The masks do not have to be those worn by medical professionals. They can simply be made of cloth, such as a scarf, bandanna or towel.
The goal is to keep the mouth and nose covered.
Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.