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COVID-19: State of Connecticut Governor's Executive Orders

State of Connecticut Governor's Executive Orders

Executive Order No. 7N:
  • Restricts social and recreational gatherings to no more than 5 people
    • Through April 30, 2020
  • Further restricts restaurant payment and pickup operations
    • Any establishment that remains open for food sales must limit entrance of customers into their locations to the minimum extent necessary to pick up and/or pay for orders, use touchless payment systems, and require remote ordering and payment, whether by telephone, computer, mobile application, or other technology.
  • Further restricts retail operations
    • Retail establishments that remain open must implement appropriate and reasonable measures to ensure that customers maintain six feet of social distance from each other, and where reasonable, employ touchless payment technology if that technology is already available
    • Firearms Transactions by appointment only through May 15, 2020
  • Temporarily suspends tax on single-use checkout bags
  • Employees not require to bag items in reusable bags
  • Suspends 21-month limit on temporary family assistance
  • Suspends school testing assessments for 2019-2020 school year

Executive Order No. 7M:

  • Tolls time periods for Department of Transportation (DOT) final determination for permits
  • Suspends mandatory statutory filing requirements for Freedom of Information Act appeals and decisions by the Freedom of Information Commission
  • Authorizes each department head, commissioner, agency head and board and commission of Connecticut to extend, as they deem reasonably necessary, any statutory or regulatory time requirements, decision-making requirements, hearing or other time limitations or deadlines, procedure or legal process pertaining to matters under their respective jurisdiction for a period not to exceed 90 days
    • This section of the Order also grants these same individuals the authority to issue any orders necessary to implement and effectuate the purposes of this order, but such orders must be publicly posted and maintained on the respective website.
  • Cancels public schools through April 20, 2020;
    • Private and other non-public schools are encouraged to follow the same schedule.
    • Connecticut Unified School District 1 and 2, and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services inpatient facilities providing school classes or programs are exempt from this section.
  • Opens fishing season for the inland waters of Connecticut;
  • Suspends restrictions on reemployment of municipal retirees;
  • Relaxes the relevant statutes, regulations, rules and policies regarding the certification of medical marijuana patients, the expiration of medical marijuana patient certifications or registrations;
  • Extends the time period for nursing home transfers;
  • Modifies the duties of registrars of vital records;
  • Modifies in-person purchase of, and access to, copies of vital records;
  • Modifies requirement that marriage licenses be obtained in the town where the marriage will be celebrated; and
  • Extends marriage license validity.
Executive Order No. 7K: 
  • Suspends non-critical probate court operations and associated requirements, including:
    • Reporting and filing requirements of the Office of the Probate Court Administrator concerning Probate Court operations;
    • Probate Court facility, location or venue requirements;
    • Time requirements, statutes of limitation or other limitations, or deadlines relating to service of process, court proceedings or court filings; and
    • All time requirements or deadlines related to the Probate Courts or their judicial officials to issue notices, hold court, hear matters and/or render decisions
  • Suspends non-critical workers’ compensation commission operations and associated requirements, including:
    • Location or venue requirements;
    • Time requirements, statutes of limitation or other limitations or deadlines relating to the Workers’ Compensation Act; and
    • All time requirements, or deadlines of the Workers’ Compensation Commission relating to the Workers’ Compensation Act and other statutory programs and schemes over which the Workers’ Compensation Commission provides adjudication
  • Permits remote notarization via an electronic device through June 23, 2020, provided that a number of conditions are met, including:
    • The Signatory presents satisfactory evidence of identity via the Communication Technology;
    • The Communication Technology must be capable of recording the entire notarial act, and such recording must be retained by the Notary Public or Commissioner for at least ten (10 years);
    • The Signatory must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated within the State of Connecticut;
    • The Signatory must transmit by fax or other electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary Public on the same date it was executed;
    • The Notary Public may notarize the transmitted copy and transmit the same back to the Signatory;
    • The Notary Public may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary Public receives such original signed document, together with the electronically notarized copy, within thirty (30) days after the date of execution;
    • Only an attorney in good standing, and admitted to practice in Connecticut, may remotely administer a self-providing affidavit to a Last Will and Testament pursuant to section 45a-285 of the General Statutes or conduct a real estate closing as required by Public Act 19-88
  • Grants the Commissioner of Public Health the authority to temporarily waive, modify, or suspend any regulatory requirements adopted by the Commissioner of Public Health to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the public health.
  • Temporarily suspends national criminal history record checks for long term care providers.
Executive Order 7J:
  • Clarifies executive order 7J regarding non-essential business operations;
  • Extends time period for fire service personnel examinations;
  • Permits the delivery of take-home doses of methadone for the treatment of drug-dependent patients;
  • Suspends rehiring procedures and restrictions on Temporary Worker Retirees (TWR);
  • Modifies real property statutes to facilitate leasing, repairs, alterations and use of real property; and
  • Modifies State Contracting Statutes to facilitate leasing, repairs, alterations and use of real property.
Executive Order No. 7I:
  • Suspends copayments for full benefit dually eligible Medicare Part D beneficiaries;
  • Suspends copayments for HUSKY B clients;
  • Suspends limitation on refills of non-maintenance medications for HUSKY beneficiaries;
  • Declares contracts between boards of education and contractors regarding sharing or providing access to student information are modified;
  • Places limits on visitation with children placed in the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families;
  • Places limits on visitors to facilities that treat children or youth with psychiatric disabilities;
  • Waives in-person service, screening and hearing requirements for facilities that have limited visitor access;
  • Grants pharmacist discretion in refilling certain prescriptions for longer periods;
  • Grants Commissioner of Consumer Protection authority to modify pharmacy operation regulations;
  • Suspends in-person shareholder meeting requirements;
  • Extends budget adoption deadlines for additional municipal bodies;
  • Suspends in-person budget adoption requirements for municipalities;
  • Suspends in-person adoption requirements for regional boards of education;
  • Extends municipal deadlines and waives penalties related to municipal planning, assessment and taxation;
  • Suspend in-person filing requirements related to municipal planning, assessment and taxation;
  • Suspends deadlines and modification of public hearing and appeals requirements for assessment and taxation;
  • Extends new reporting requirements on property; and
  • Suspends, modifies and clarifies certain municipal procedural requirements and time limitations regarding notice, commencement and holding of public hearings, decisions and appeals.
Executive Order No. 7H:
Executive Order No. 7G:
  • Postpones presidential primary to June 2nd;
  • Suspends non-critical court operations;
  • Further clarifies limits on restaurants, bars, and private clubs;
  • Restricts operation of barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and related public businesses; and
  • Provides flexibility for Medicaid enrolled providers and in-network providers for commercial fully insured health insurance to perform telehealth through additional methods.
Executive Order No. 7F:
  • Closes large shopping malls;
  • Closes places of public amusement;
  • Expands Medicaid telehealth coverage to audio-only telephone;
  • Waives in-person service, hearing and screening requirements for facilities that have issued orders limiting visitor access to protect the public health; and
  • Continues classes and programming at certain state-operated schools.
Executive Order No. 7E:
  • Waives 180-day school year;
  • Suspends required fingerprinting availability;
  • Extends time period for permits;
  • Suspends immediate recoupment of public assistance benefit overpayments; and
  • Suspends in-person hearing attendance at DSS fair hearings.
Executive Order No. 7D:
  • Further reduces large crowds and social gatherings of 250 people or more to 50 people or more;
  • Restaurant, bar, and private club operations shall only serve food or liquor for off-premises consumption;
  • Closes off-track betting facility operations; and
  • Restricts gyms, sports, fitness and recreation facility and movie theater operations.
Executive Order No. 7C:
  • Cancels school classes;
  • Provides flexibility for graduation requirements, prescribed courses of study, educator prep programs, educator certified timelines, educator evaluations, and school in-services;
  • Extends municipal budget adoption deadlines;
  • Extends regional board of education budget adoption deadlines;
  • Provides for remote conduct of DMV operations; and
  • Imposes limitation on visitors to facilities that treat persons with psychiatric disabilities and to the Southbury training school.
Executive Order No. 7B:
  • Suspends in-person open meeting requirements;
  • Waives manufacturer registration requirement for hand sanitizer;
  • Suspends garbing requirements for non-hazardous compounding of sterile pharmaceuticals;
  • Refunds certain liquor license application fees;
  • Waives face-to-face interview requirements for temporary family assistance;
  • Modifies requirements for maintaining adequate childcare resources; and
  • Modifies requirements for adequate healthcare resources and facilities.
Executive Order No. 7A:
  • Grants the commissioner of the Department of Public Health the authority to restrict visitation at nursing homes and similar facilities in response to the civic preparedness and public health emergencies declared due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Executive Order No. 7:
  • Takes several emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the governor's civil preparedness and public health declarations, including:
    • limiting the size of gatherings to 250 people;
    • waiving the 180-day school year requirement;
    • clarifying nursing home visitation restrictions;
    • authorizing DMV to extend renewal deadlines; and
    • relaxing attendance rules for police academy trainees.

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