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Answers to questions on governor’s latest coronavirus executive order

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What are some of the work sites we know will remain in operation?

Virtually all health care locations including dentists, public protection services, the news media, groceries, liquor stores, state and municipal services such as trash collection and transportation operations, major construction sites, defense contractors and other industries listed among 16 areas in the federal Office of Homeland Security. Also hardware stores, big-box stores that sell food, banks, insurance companies and check-cashing operations.

I’m a lawyer and my partner is an accountant. This is the busy season for us. Can I still go to work where my files are?

Yes. Legal and accountant services have been classified as essential. And the deadline for filing state taxes is now July 15, so you have three extra months.

I believe my business is critical to public health and welfare. How can I appeal if I find myself on the list of closures?

Appeals can be sought through the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

My mother is in a nursing home and lonely. Can I visit her?

No. An earlier part of the executive order banned visitors.

What if I disobey the rule and open my shop anyway on Tuesday morning?

Lamont has said that police will be giving owners warnings to close up. But violating the order is a Class D felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and five years in prison.

I’m the mayor or first selectman of a city or town and I don’t want to abide by the order. What might happen?

Without written permission from the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, municipal executives could be subject to the same penalty. Local leaders who might want to issue travel prohibitions or shelter-in-place orders would also hve to get permission from DESPP.

I’m 72 years old and, watching the governor’s Friday news conference, it sounded like I was being ordered to stay inside, work out by myself and avoid mass transit. Is that true?

The governor suggested that people over 70 engage in those behaviors as part of his new “Stay Safe, Stay Home” initiative. He wants all people to avoid public transit if possible, but when it is necessary to get on a bus or train, riders should space themselves at least six feet from others.

My kids and grandkids are planning a 50th wedding anniversary party for us. Should we postpone it?

Yes, the governor’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” effort recommends that gatherings of any size be canceled for now. In locations that are open, such as food stores, everyone should observe the six-foot social distance between you and others. Young people, in particular, should stay away from vulnerable populations. The governor’s executive order limits public and private groups to no more than 50, but he later asked the public to have fewer than 10 before finally recommending that no gatherings be held. Many towns and cities have put local limits at 10 people.

from ctpost.com



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