Public Law

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Set to Lift Most COVID-19 Capacity Limits

On May 3, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a significant easing of COVID-19-related capacity restrictions on businesses in their respective states. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, who joined the other two governors in the announcement, had previously ordered a comparable lifting of capacity restrictions in his state.

Specifically, effective May 19, New Jersey and New York will remove most capacity limitations on businesses, which are currently based on a percentage of maximum capacity, and replace them with limitations based on the space available for individuals to comply with the social distancing mandate of six-feet; Connecticut’s easing of restrictions will also be in place by May 19. It is not yet clear how the new social-distancing requirement will be enforced, since, as of this writing, only Governor Murphy has issued an executive order regarding the removal of capacity limitations for businesses, and it does not contemplate enforcement. Additionally, no other formal guidance has been issued.

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Congress passes the American Rescue Plan after multiple delays

Following the Senate’s passage of the American Rescue Plan by a razor-thin margin on Saturday, March 6, 2021, the House of Representatives approved the final version of the new stimulus package on March 10, 2021, despite multiple attempts to delay. The economic relief package has been highly contested since its introduction and highlights the continued divide between the political parties. President Joe Biden praised the Senate’s passage of the legislation as a “giant step forward” while other Republican leaders criticized the $1.9 trillion package, including Senator Ron Johnson, who called it a “boondoggle for Democrats.” In any case, the stimulus package will provide, what many people believe to be, long overdue and much needed assistance to the American people and businesses. The following provides a summary of various relevant provisions of the new legislation and what individuals, educational entities, and state and local governments can expect. Read more…

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Congress approves $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the new stimulus package on March 10. President Biden signed the stimulus package into law on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

As part of the American Rescue Plan, Congress approved a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which will provide federal grants to eligible foodservice and drinking establishments like restaurants, bars, caterers, breweries, taprooms, and tasting rooms. The RRF will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference with members of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and high-profile restaurant owners on March 10, in which the Democratic senator from New York stated he will “urge the SBA to stand up for relief and set up the program as soon as the bill is signed into law,” and that first they have to confirm President Biden’s nominee for Deputy Administrator of the SBA, Dilawar Syed. Read more…

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations in Latvia

From 30 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 and from 8 January 2021 to 10 January 2021, it is prohibited to leave the place of residence from 22.00 to 5:00, the prohibition does not apply to:

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Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 package breaking monthslong stalemate

Congressional lawmakers finally reached an agreement on a new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package during the evening of December 20. The feuding parties were forced to resume negotiations due to the looming expiration of several existing COVID-19 aid measures and a threatened government shutdown. Both Congressional chambers officially passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act on December 21, as part of the overarching $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government funded until September 2021. Read more…

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E-LEGAL® ARTICLE – COVID-19 – PANDEMIC MARKETING AUTHORISATION FOR MEDICINAL PRODUCTS

Summary
The focus of this article will be on the analysis of the administrative rules associated with the marketing authorisation of medicinal products, based on the European scenario.
The aim is to find out whether or not the current regime can meet the new needs brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, since so far there is neither a vaccine nor a specific antiviral medication to prevent or treat it, despite the race to discover the drug or vaccine to “cure” it, to which substantial efforts and investment have been devoted to. Read more…

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations

The state of emergency related to the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia has been extended until 11 January 2021, strengthening the previously established restrictions.

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New Jersey Tightens Restrictions on Outdoor Gatherings and Indoor Sports

With New Jersey experiencing a second wave spike of COVID-19 infections and with holiday season gatherings upon us, on November 30, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 204 (“EO 204” or the “Order”) tightening restrictions on outdoor gatherings and pausing indoor practices and competitions for youth and adult sports.

Indoor Youth and Adult Sports

With limited exception, EO 204 prohibits youth and adult indoor sports practices, competitions, and other organized sporting activities from December 5, 2020 until January 2, 2012. The prohibition will not affect collegiate and professional sporting activities.  In addition, the Order permits private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations to continue.

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COVID-19: BUSINESS AS USUAL?

Last Friday the Scottish Government introduced new restrictions designed to combat a recent rise in COVID-19 cases – with various ‘protection levels’ being introduced in different areas across the country.

It comes as no surprise to us that clients are eager to know what this means for their move and to what extent the housing market can continue operating as normal. Read more…

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COVID-19 Spike Prompts NJ Governor to Issue New Restrictions for Indoor Bars/Restaurants, Indoor Organized Sports, and Gatherings

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has prompted Governor Phil Murphy to issue two new Executive Orders aimed at tightening restrictions on businesses and activities, with a goal of slowing the spread of the virus: (1) Executive Order 194 (“EO 194”) sets limits on indoor operations for bars/restaurants, prohibits indoor interstate youth sports competitions, and clarifies occupancy limits for personal care services; and (2) Executive Order 196  (“EO 196”) tightens prior restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

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