Governor Defines “Essential Businesses” While Town Decides To Keep Parks Open

Governor Defines “Essential Businesses” While Town Decides To Keep Parks Open


On Friday afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont announced his new “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” policy, essentially calling for non-essential businesses to close effective 8 p.m. Monday.

Later on Friday evening, the Governor released the particulars of the order and which establishments would be considered “essential.”

Below is a summary of what businesses will be allowed to remain open during this period of time (courtesy of State Representative Craig Fishbein’s (R-90) office:

Essential health care operations: hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, elder care and home health care workers, companies and institutions involved in the research and development, manufacture, distribution, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology therapies, health care data, consumer health products, medical devices, diagnostics, equipment, services and any other healthcare related supplies or services;

Essential infrastructure: utilities, wastewater and drinking water, telecommunications, airports and transportation infrastructure; manufacturing, including food processing, pharmaceuticals, and industries supplying the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military;

Defense industrial bases: aerospace, mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers;

Essential retail: grocery stores and big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries; pharmacies, gas stations and convenience stores; food and beverage retailers (including liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees) and restaurants, provided they comply with previous and future executive orders issued during the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency;

Essential services: trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing; mail and shipping services; news media; legal and accounting services; banks, insurance companies, check cashing services, and other financial institutions;

Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations: construction; vendors of essential services and goods necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses, including pest control and landscaping services;

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

In addition, the Town of Cheshire announced that all public parks and school grounds will remain open to the public “for the present” but that officials are “strongly encouraging" those utilizing the areas to adhere to strict social distancing protocols and not gather in groups of 10 or more people. 

“Fresh air and exercise are important physically and mentally, and with personal responsibility, we can all continue to enjoy our outdoor facilities,” according to a statement, released by the Town of Cheshire.


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