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April 21, 2020

CT employers now must require workers to wear face masks

As of 8 p.m. Monday night, Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order requiring residents to wear face masks wherever close contact in public is unavoidable went into effect, including for employers. 

The order went into effect at 8 p.m. Any person in a public place who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person must cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering, Lamont said. 

In addition, people must use a mask or cloth face covering when riding on mass public transit or using a taxi, car, livery or ride-sharing service.

The order also requires employees to wear face masks at work that covers their mouth and nose at all times. Employers are required to issue masks or cloth face coverings and if they don’t have masks, employers must provide the materials and CDC tutorial about how to create a cloth face covering, or compensate employees to make their own masks.
Cases update
After seeing two days of declines, the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations increased by 18 cases Monday,  while the state now has had nearly 20,000 residents test positive for the deadly virus, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.
To date, 62,806 patients have been tested for COVID-19 in Connecticut and 19,815 residents have confirmed cases of the disease. Approximately 1,919 patients are hospitalized, which is still down from the peak number, Lamont’s office said. 
Meanwhile, there have been 1,331 COVID-19 associated deaths in the state, including 204 deaths recorded yesterday over a 24-hour period, Lamont’s office said. 
Hartford County has 3,823 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 455 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations and 369 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the governor’s office.

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