Q: Is my business essential or do I have to shut down March 23 based on Gov. Lamont’s executive order?

A: On March 20, The governor signed Executive Order No. 7H, directing all non-essential functions in Connecticut to suspend in-person operations beginning Monday, March 23 at 8 pm.

All businesses are strongly encouraged to employ work-from-home or other telecommuting procedures.

The Lamont administration released a list of essential businesses on March 22 that are not subject to the order. The executive order, unless changed, runs through April 22.

Companies not included on the essential list can apply for a waiver, although employers are urged to closely review the list prior to considering a waiver application.

Small Business Hotline

The state Department of Economic and Community Development has a dedicated hotline for small businesses—866.500.2333. You can also email DECD.

The Lamont administration is preparing additional aid for small businesses and we expect details to be released this week—we’ll share those with you as soon as they become available.

Connecticut’s hospitals have a critical shortage of personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators, masks, gowns, and gloves.

If you can help source or manufacture those items, please visit 211ct.org.

For more information, contact CBIA's Mark Soycher (860.244.1900) | @HRHotline