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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Following New York’s actions, Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Friday that all non-essential businesses will close for the foreseeable future, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During a news conference on Friday, Lamont announced a Stay Safe, Stay Home policy, which calls for all Connecticut residents, especially those over 70, to stay home unless completing essential errands.

It also orders businesses considered "non-essential" to shut down, as of 8 p.m. Monday.

Under the executive order, the following would remain open:

Grocery Stores


Gas stations

Banks and credit unions

Package stores are allowed to remain open


Public transportation

Ongoing construction work continues

Factory jobs at Electric Boat, Pratt and Whitney, and Sikorsky will continue

Auto and home repair stores 

Chemical Sector

Commercial Facilities Sector

Communications Sector

Critical Manufacturing Sector

Dams Sector

Defense Industrial Base Sector

Emergency Services Sector

Energy Sector

Financial Services Sector

Health and Public Health Sector

Information Technology Sector

Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector

Transportation Systems Sector

Water and Wastewater Sector

Businesses told to close are:



Clothing stores

All other non-essential retail

All non-essential businesses 

Not-for-profit entities 

The order to stay safe and stay home does apply to all, and police will be roaming to enforce. If you don’t comply, you’ll get a gentle reminder to get home.

The non-essential businesses that remain open though would be subject to a fine.

Another big message is the lack of protective equipment, like n95 masks, face masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, gloves and thermometers. If you are a local doctor or business that has these, the state is asking for donations, but they’ll also pay.

“There’s a nationwide shortage. We did get a small allocation from the federal government and we’re getting that distributed to our hospitals and nursing homes. We have a long way to go there. If there’s any company out there with access to ppe, masks, etc., let us know who you are. We’ll buy it if we can. if you want to donate something, we’ll pay top price,” Lamont said on Friday. 

Residents are still allowed to go outside, but are advised to be in groups less than 10 people.

To see the full list of jobs that fall under each sector, click here

To read the full executive order, click here

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(2) comments


Sorry but I find Goodwill stores to be essential.

rick be

The world must go on.CTransit too-they have roped off the seats near the driver and made the ride free.I am glad of that.Luckily there are many take-out places,a friend said,"I don't cook,I could starve to death".

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