- Stay Safe, Stay Home: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” It directs all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. Guidance has been issued to the state’s businesses. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Retail establishments: Stores that are permitted to stay open under the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order must follow “Safe Store Rules” that several requirements, such as a cap on occupancy at 50% capacity, and floor markings measuring 6 feet must be at checkout lines, among other items. Guidance has been issued detailing all of the “Safe Store Rules.” This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers: All workplaces considered essential must follow Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This remains in effect until May 20, unless otherwise modified.
- Face Coverings: Following recommendation from the CDC for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Governor signed an executive order directing face coverings to be worn by anyone in public wherever a six-foot distance is unavoidable, including by employees while in the workplace. A CDC video explains how to make a face covering. This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. Guidance on face coverings has been issued to the state’s businesses.
- Unemployment & Eligibility: Click here for Connecticut’s COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits & Eligibility.
After months of tireless efforts and decisive action by people across Maine, our state appears to be flattening the curve against COVID-19. However, we should not expect life to return to normal. Instead, we have to embrace a new normal – a different way of doing business, shopping, traveling and recreating that keeps us all safe. To that end, the Mills Administration has prepared a plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy.
The plan establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins on May 1st. Designed with input from public health and industry experts, this staged approach will allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right, and stay open by following reasonable, practical guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
Public health is the foremost factor guiding this process. As the Administration gradually eases restrictions on some businesses and activities, it also implements protective protocols, along with broader additional health and safety measures, to protect Maine people.
Stage 1 contemplates a continued prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people as well as the continued quarantine of all people entering Maine for a period of 14 days. All businesses that have been open may remain open. At-risk people should stay home when possible.
Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. If customers refuse to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons, a business may decline entry to the individual. Full details are outlined in the May 1 Order.
Can non-essential businesses bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders? YES, if following the remote fulfillment guidelines below. (Click here for full list of FAQs).
- Facilities must be closed to the public, as the allowance is for the fulfillment of remote sales/orders only
- Employees may only be engaged in the packaging and delivery/shipping of phone and online orders, not the manufacturing of those product
- Operating hours must allow for sufficient ongoing off-hour sanitation/cleaning
- All employees must wear face coverings while on-site
- All employees must maintain 6 feet social distancing and employers should stagger employees within the facility to ensure social distancing
- Any deliveries made by employees must be ‘no-contact’ deliveries: items must be left in mailboxes, mailrooms, garages, lobbies, at doorstep, or similar no-contact drop-off points
- Employers must stagger shift start/stop times and breaks/lunchtimes in order to minimize contact
- Facilities must have readily accessible hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities for employee use
- In a closed facility that is used for remote fulfillment:
- There must be enough space within the facility for all employees present to be able to maintain six feet of social distancing
- In a facility under 10,000 square feet, a maximum of 3 employees may be allowed on the premises at a time
- In a facility between 10,000 – 30,000 square feet, a maximum of 5 employees may be allowed on the premises at a time
- In a facility more than 30,000 square feet, a maximum of 7 employees may be allowed on the premises at a time
- Employee workspaces must be cleaned frequently, following public health guidelines
- Employers must require employees to self-administer a temperature check prior to beginning each shift. Any employee with any symptoms, including a temperature over 100.0 degrees, must not report to work and should self-isolate, contact their doctor and follow medical guidance.
- Employees in quarantine, due to exposure to a known case of COVID-19 or someone with COVID-19 like illness, must remain under quarantine for 14 days since day of exposure and not report to work
- Employers must strictly adhere to any further workplace guidance
- Facilities found in noncompliance with this order must be closed immediately
- Facilities unable to fully comply with all of these parameters shall not operate.
- Business owner information: click here
- Retail Businesses: All non-critical retail businesses were to close as of March 30, 2020 and the Department of Business Regulation is providing a list of critical and non-critical retail businesses. All recreation and entertainment facilities as well as close-contact businesses are closed. This includes theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors.
- Cloth Face Coverings: Rules and Resources
All businesses, whether essential or not, must abide by the following health and safety guidance included in the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance.
- Retailers, including those that operate in an outdoor setting, may conduct limited operations such as curbside pick-up, delivery services, and warehouse or distribution operations in support of curbside, or delivery.
- All orders must occur over the phone or online; no in-store transactions are allowed at this time.
- Only the minimum number of employees necessary to support curbside pick-up and delivery services are allowed at any one store, site, or location.
All businesses must follow Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines:
- Employees shall not report to, or be allowed to remain at, work or job site if sick or symptomatic (with fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath).
- Employees must observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on the job. Businesses and non-profit or government entities shall ensure customers observe strict social distancing of 6 feet while on location, to the extent possible.
- Limit the occupancy of designated common areas, such as break rooms and cafeterias, so that occupants maintain strict social distancing of no less than 6 feet per individual. The employer shall enforce the occupancy limit and require employees to wipe down their area after use or shall ensure cleaning of the common areas at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Employees must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask. Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks.
- Employees must have easy and frequent access to soap and water or hand sanitizer during duration of work, and handwashing or hand sanitization is required frequently including before entering, and leaving, job sites.
- All common spaces (when open) and equipment, including bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and doors, tools and equipment, and vehicles must be cleaned regularly and, when possible, prior to transfer from one person to another, in accordance with CDC guidance.
- Prior to the commencement of each work shift, pre-screening and health survey shall be required to verify each employee has no symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). At the present time non-contact thermometers are in short supply, however employers shall immediately order, and use their best efforts to obtain, thermometers in order to conduct routine temperature checks.
- Signs must be posted at all entrances clearly indicating that no one may enter if they have symptoms of respiratory illness.
- When working inside, open doors and windows to promote air flow to the greatest extent possible and limit the number of people occupying a single indoor space.
- No more than 2 people shall occupy one vehicle when conducting work.
- No symptomatic or COVID-19 positive workers are allowed on site and any worker(s) who have contact with a worker or any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days.
- All operations shall designate a health officer on-site at every shift responsible for ensuring compliance with the Executive Order and the Addenda thereto and applicable ACCD Guidance. This person shall have the authority to stop or modify activities to ensure work conforms with the mandatory health and safety requirements.
- All business, non-profit and government operations must use remote work whenever possible.
- All employees, including those already working (except healthcare workers, first responders, and others already trained in infection control, personal protection/universal precautions), must complete, and employers must document, a training on mandatory health and safety requirements as provided by VOSHA, or another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard by May 4, 2020, or before returning to operations. Employers who need translations of the training materials have one week from the time the materials are made available.
- For all mass transit CUSTOMERS/ RIDERS (in addition to the mandatory requirement for operators and staff) face coverings are mandatory on public transit conveyances and in stations and terminals, effective May 4, 2020.
Additional health and safety consideration for all business, non-profit and government operations:
- Use of shared workspaces, desks, offices, etc. is discouraged to the maximum extent practicable.
- Face-to-face staff meetings should be limited, and physical distancing must be observed.
- Consider staggered work shifts, break times, etc. and expanding hours to reduce number of individuals working together and reduce contact with members of the public.
- To the extent possible, provide access to hand washing and/or hand sanitizer for vendors, and customers.
- Limit staff travel between multiple sites.
The following sector guidance may be updated as public health and safety or conditions warrant, so please check this site frequently for the most up-to-date information.