HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Some big changes are coming to Connecticut businesses.

The governor's executive order, "Stay Safe, Stay Home," went into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday, meaning all businesses considered non-essential will close.

Industries considered 'essential' under Lamont's Stay Home, Stay Safe" policy

As this goes into effect, coronavirus cases across the state are on the rise.

The number of confirmed cases in Connecticut reached 327 on Sunday.

There are also eight confirmed deaths in our state.

The goal of Lamont’s "Stay Safe, Stay Home" policy is to have less in-person interactions.

This is a way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting more people in the state.

In an effort to slow down the spread of coronavirus, the Department of Economic and Community Development released a guide of what's considered essential to our everyday lives.

Only these industries can continue normal operations and their employees will not be required to telecommute or work from home.

On the list:

  • Truckers, wastewater operators, and people who work at hotels or airports can continue going to work.
  • Hardware, liquor, and pet stores are included in retail essentials.
  • Food and agriculture includes grocery stores, restaurants, and nurseries

The DECD Commissioner said he understands the financial disruption on businesses considered non-essential.

"We were very thoughtful in what we put out over the weekend and involved a lot of stake holders," said David Lehman, Commissioner of DECD. 

His office is working to help small-to-mid sized businesses that are impacted by COVID-19.

Those employers will be able to receive more assistance in the coming days.

Restrictions on non-essential businesses start at 8 p.m. on Monday.

They will stay in place through April 22.

Lehman says Connecticut also wanted to keep open as many businesses as possible. Business leaders agree the state struck a good balance. 

"That's protecting people, getting as few people as possible into work places, but on the other hand, not shut down our economy any more than we have to," said Joe Brennan, Connecticut Business and Industry Association President and CEO. 

Organizations not included on the list of essential businesses are expected to reduce their in-person workforce completely.

Business owners who feel otherwise can apply for a waiver.

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Does this mean non-essential businesses are closed until April 22?

Bristol62

How does it work for state employees?

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• convenience stores

• gas stations

• grocery stores including all food and beverage retailers

• guns and ammunition

• hardware, paint, and building material stores, including home appliance sales/repair

• liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees

• pharmacies

• pet and pet supply stores

6. Food and agriculture, including:

• farms and farmer’s markets

• food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities

• nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores

• restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

7. Services including:

• accounting and payroll services

• animal shelters or animal care or management, including boarding, grooming, pet walking and pet sitting

• auto supply, repair, towing, and service, including roadside assistance

• bicycle repair and service

• building cleaning and maintenance

• child care services

• critical operations support for financial institutions

• financial advisors

• financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and check cashing services

• funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries

• insurance companies

• laundromats/dry cleaning

• legal and accounting services

• mail and shipping services

• marinas and marine repair and service

• news and media

• real estate transactions and related services, including residential leasing and renting

• religious services (subject to Executive Order 7D limiting gatherings to 50 people)

• storage for Essential Businesses

• trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing

• warehouse/distribution, shipping, and fulfillment

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:

• food banks

• homeless shelters and congregate care facilities

• human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support social service agencies

9. Construction including:

• all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers

• general construction, both commercial and residential

• other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

• planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities

10. Services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of all residences and other buildings (including services necessary to secure and maintain non-essential workplaces):

• building cleaners or janitors

• building code enforcement

• disinfection

• doormen

• emergency management and response

• fire prevention and response

• general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

• home-related services, including real estate transactions, closings, appraisals, and moving services

• landscaping services

• law enforcement

• outdoor maintenance, including pool service

• pest control services

• security and maintenance, including steps reasonably necessary to secure and maintain non-essential businesses

• state marshals

11. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care, and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including:

• billboard leasing and maintenance

• child care services

• essential government services

• government owned or leased buildings

• information technology and information security

• logistics

• technology support

12. Defense

• defense and national security-related business and operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

If you have further questions not answered above, please submit them to DECD at decd.covid19@ct.gov.

For more information from the state, click here.

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