The Lamont administration released a list of essential businesses March 22 that are not subject to the governor's March 20 executive order suspending in-person operations at all non-essential businesses from 8 pm, March 23 through April 22.

That order was later extended to May 20. While many nonessential businesses are permitted to reopen May 20 with restrictions, the governor May 18 extended the shutdown order for other employers, including bars, gyms, and cinemas until June 20.

Companies not included on the essential list can apply for a waiver, although employers are urged to closely review the list (see below) prior to considering a waiver application. For additional questions, email DECD.