Governor Lamont’s executive order permits recent medical school grads to begin practicing during pandemic, implements new workplace safety rules


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order Tuesday allowing recent medical school and other medical profession graduates who are not yet licensed to participate in the state’s COVID-19 response for the duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency.

“This is necessary during the emergency period because the ability to take the required exams or other steps to receive a license have been suspended,” Lamont said.

Days ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a similar order that allowed those slated to graduate to practice.

Tuesday, Gov. Lamont also implemented new Safe Workplace Rules for businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a post on Twitter, Gov. Lamont said the rules “direct every workplace in Connecticut that’s deemed essential to implement additional protective measures.”

They include the rule to have every employee that CAN work from home TO work from home, gives guidance for employees who have recently traveled internationally where COVID-19 is present, eliminates all non-essential workplace travel, and gives guidance prohibition of non-essential visitors.

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7V enacts the following provisions:

·       Safe workplaces in essential businesses: Requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work in consultation with the Department of Public Health on the development of legally binding statewide rules prescribing additional protective measures that every workplace in Connecticut deemed essential – and any other business or nonprofit allowed to remain open – must follow. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state.

o   Immediately upon Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Workplaces Rules for Essential Employers on its website, outlining guidance for these businesses. These rules go into effect immediately.

The rules go into effect immediately.

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