Gov. Lamont Requiring People in Public Places to Wear Face Masks
Governor Lamont signs 29th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
Governor Lamont signed another executive order – the 29th since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 7BB enacts the following provisions:
Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable: Effective at 8:00 p.m. on April 20, 2020, any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service or means of mass public transit, or while within any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area. The commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development will be required to update the previously issued Safe Workplace rules and Safe Store rules. Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face. If a person declines to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical condition as described above, such person shall not be required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.
Pomperaug Health District COVID-19 Case Summary for April 18, 2020
The Pomperaug District Department of Health continues to monitor cases of COVID-19 in our community. The case count in the Pomperaug Health District has increased to 160. The Southbury cases include 19 residents at the Southbury Training School and approximately 24 cases at long term care and assisted living facilities. We are sad to report that we now have10 deaths in the Pomperaug Health District due to COVID-19.
There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in our area. Please continue to stay home except for work and essentials, like food. Practice excellent hand hygiene and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently, including in your car. The Pomperaug Health District recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. For more information on COVID-19 visit www.pddh.org.