Should I be working from home? How do I stay safe as a non-essential worker?

Effective 8PM on Monday, March 23, all workers at non-essential businesses in the state shall work from home. The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement.


The governor’s order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.


“STAY SAFE - STAY HOME” Initiative key points:

• Non-essential gatherings of any size for any reason should be canceled (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) or postponed;

• If you must leave your home, do not travel in groups – groups are limited to workers providing essential services;

• Everyone should keep at least six feet away from each other whenever possible;

• Businesses and entities that provide other essential services should implement rules that help facilitate distancing of at least six feet;

• People should limit outdoor recreational activities or sports to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

• People should limit use of public transportation to when necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

• People who are sick should not leave their homes except where they must do so to fill a critical need or receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving home is in the best interest of their health;

• Young people should practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable people, including the elderly or those who might have preexisting medical conditions or reduced immunity;

• Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using soap and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds works best;

• Non-essential retailers may be staffed on site, provided that they offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, drop box) and delivery or curb-side pick-up;

• Non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance, and receipt of mail and packages, or other services deemed essential.


To the extent possible, employees of Essential Businesses whose duties are not critical to an Essential Business function described below should telecommute or utilize any work from home procedures available to them. For more information, refer to the text of the executive order:


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