HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Folks across the state are now being urged to start wearing masks or face coverings when around a crowd or inside stores.
Gov. Lamont said he plans to issue new guidelines in an executive order that is expected within 48 hours.
The cities of New Haven and Hamden went ahead and issued their own orders to protect the public.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker issued his on Wednesday. Hamden Mayor Curt Leng announced his on Thursday morning.
Both orders go in to effect on Friday morning.
The mayors said the masks did not have to be the medical N95 masks. They simply had to be coverings.
“Facial coverings do not make people safe from exposure to the Coronavirus," Leng clarified. "Residents should not in any way consider this order as a tool to go out more often at a time when shelter in place is the very best way to slow and eventually end the spread of this virus. Instead, it’s an added tool to keep people safe when they have an essential need and must go out and into a setting with other people where social distancing isn’t guaranteed.”
Lamont said he believes masks, or some sort of face covering, will play a big part in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
He wasn't talking about using N95 masks either, as those are reserved for healthcare workers. However, he suggested a homemade mask or a scarf.
Lamont said if someone is walking down the street, use judgement. If a person is inside a store, he or she should wear a mask. This will also apply to essential workers.
“We're going to be very clear with employers, if you're in a public space, grocery store and such, retail, you have to make sure your employees are wearing masks. Anyone coming into that facility, starting with grocery stores, has to wear a mask,” Lamont said.
Lamont said he has spoken with other governors and leading public health officials on the new executive order.
To see guidelines on homemade masks from the Centers for Disease Control, click here.