Governor: All nonessential businesses to temporarily close

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MONROE, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont announced he will sign a new executive order directing all nonessential businesses to temporarily close. During a conference call Friday, he told municipal leaders the order will contain specifics defining which businesses will be excluded from the order.

“We have been advised that there will be a process to receive more clarification, and that a more definitive list will be provided by Sunday at 8 p.m.” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said. “Any type of business not included on that list will be required to close by Monday, March 23, at 8 p.m.”

Though this is not an official nor exhaustive list, some of the industries towns were told will be excluded include:

  • Healthcare and businesses that supply and service healthcare
  • Utilities
  • Certain manufacturing
  • Certain trades and related businesses
  • Grocery stores
  • Pet supply
  • Pharmacies
  • Gas Stations
  • Restaurants (limited to take out)
  • Package stores
  • Auto repair
  • Financial institutions
  • Construction
  • Security
  • Certain technology businesses
  • Media

More updates will be provided later this weekend.

Updates on town services:  

  • Pre-purchase of dump tickets will no longer be necessary at the Trumbull Transfer Station. Monroe residents may enter once per day and all payment will be via credit or debit card at the station. Any existing dump tickets already purchased will be honored.
  • The Garder Road Landfill will remain open as scheduled. However, the town is currently only accepting leaves/grass, scrap metal, and electronic recycling.
  • While the “Library to Go” service was popular, and a service the library was proud to provide, in the spirit of the governor’s order, library staff said they decided to stop the program at this time. Multiple services remain available online. Visit www.ewml.org. As of March 16, overdue fines were suspended until further notice. Do not return materials to the library book drop. Keep them until it opens again.

Click here for Restaurants and other Food Establishments Open for take-out and/or curb-side service.

Click here for State Mandated Restrictions & Closings in Monroe

Click here for Status of Town Facilities & Services

Click here for more information on COVID-19

Kellogg said the town will continue to post information and links to official information at www.MonroeCT.org/COVID-19.

Residents and business owners with questions or concerns may contact the Monroe Health Department at 203-452-2818, or call the State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 Hotline by calling Infoline at 211 or texting “CTCOVID” to 898211.

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