HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order, the 40th since he enacted the emergency declarations, that builds on his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus.

Executive Order No. 7MM allows municipalities to expedite changes to their zoning rules or other ordinances to expand outdoor dining and creates an expedited approval process for restaurants and other establishments that serve food to get fast-tracked permission to create or expand outdoor dining areas.

It allows other businesses such as retail stores to get fast-tracked permission to sell goods on the sidewalk or in other outdoor areas, including shared spaces or spaces provided by municipalities.

The order allows restaurants and other businesses who already have liquor permits to serve alcohol only with food without applying for a separate patio or extension of use permit, and allows private clubs to sell alcohol only to their members for delivery or pickup.

A separate executive order will provide for the Phase I reopening of businesses and other activity, including those that are subject to this order.

All of the Phase I reopening activity will be subject to operating rules issued by the Department of Economic and Community Development.

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