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Majority of Active Executive Orders in Connecticut Reduced as Lamont Orders Consolidation

  • Governor Ned Lamont announces consolidation of executive orders issued during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Active orders cut by approximately 60 percent
  • New orders include updated information on business sector rules and orders on liquor sales

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Following the Connecticut legislature’s extension of a COVID-19 emergency declaration from April 20 to May 20, Governor Ned Lamont has consolidated his executive orders issued during the pandemic and reduced active orders by about 60 percent.

Lamont said the move intends to provide a clearer picture on the rules that remain in place. Lamont has been relaxing business restrictions as vaccination efforts proceed, lifting most capacity limits on March 19 and announcing Monday that all restrictions are set to be lifted on May 19.

The governor’s action includes a consolidation and renewal of business sector rules and enforcement authority. The Department of Economic and Community Development retains the ability to issue sector rules, and a $10,000 civil penalty remains in place for businesses that violate capacity limits or other rules.

Another updated order consolidates orders on liquor sales and service. Liquor permittees are still allowed to sell alcoholic beverages for pickup and delivery, but businesses must continue to provide patrons with food prepared on site (including from food trucks) in order to sell alcohol on the premises. Lamont says he is planning to issue further orders related to the plan to permit bars to offer outdoor service starting on May 1.

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