Lamont: ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’

Gov. Ned Lamont. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — “Non-essential” businesses statewide have been ordered to “prohibit all in-person functions” if they can, by 8 p.m Monday.

The message Gov. Ned Lamont is sending is: “Stay Safe, Stay at Home.”

Lamont, in his ninth executive order, is “encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement,” a press release said.

Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services, can carry on.

“At this critical time it is essential that everyone just stay home so we can contain the spread of this virus while keeping essential services running,” Lamont is quoted as saying. “I know that this will be disruptive to many and will bring many daily activities to a halt, but the only way we will be able to mitigate the impacts of this public health emergency is to take measures like this. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation, and I especially want to thank the essential workers who are needed to keep critical services running.”

Lamont is recommending that all residents:

  • Cease parties, celebrations and social events. These “non-essential public community gatherings … of any size for any reason should be canceled” or postponed.
  • If you need to leave your home, don’t go in a group. “Groups must be limited to workers providing essential services.”
  • Stay six feet away from everyone, whenever possible.
  • Businesses that remain open should facilitate that social distancing of at least six feet.
  • You should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where you come in close contact with other people.
  • Limit your use of public transportation to travel that is “absolutely necessary.” Keep yourself six feet away from other riders.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Except to fill critical needs or to receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of your health.
  • Young people should also maintain a six-foot distance from others and avoid contact with vulnerable populations.
  • Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using soap and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds works best.


Joe March 21, 2020 at 11:25 am

Boy, you can tell who has the best Hartford lobbyists.

Why are landscapers considered “essential”?

Where are they dumping their leaves and grass? The Norwalk Yard Waste site was shut down
last week.

And who’s preparing the restaurant food. What is their hygiene and precautions. They ride the bus, right?

Jeff March 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

@Joe – as a landscape contractor I can tell you, the grass, plants and weeds don’t stop growing (and they have started already!). Some homeowners can’t physically do these tasks and you can’t select who and who does not receive our services. We are a service provider like electricians and plumbers but we actually don’t usually come in direct contact with our customers or obviously enter there homes. I don’t personally use the Norwalk facility, rates too high and inconvenient. Lastly, my guys need their weekly paycheck to feed their families. Like Lamont said, you can’t shut down the economy entirely, society still has to function.
That said, I monitor my guys health and ask them to stay home (with pay) if they don’t feel well. After a winter with no snow, it is critical that this industry gets back to work sooner than later. Unlike many other professions, alot of these guys (and gals!) have not received a paycheck in months! Some people are just experiencing this for the first time and I wish them the best.

Banks March 24, 2020 at 2:27 am

@ Jeff – nice post, that makes sense. I appreciate you monitoring their health and offering your guys to stay home (with pay). That is a responsible effort, and I can say first hand is not always the case with other essential employers. Good luck!

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