Public Law

NJ Gov. Murphy and State Director of Emergency Management Clarify Permissible Operations for Certain Businesses

On March 30, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan (who also acts as the State Director of Emergency Management) issued Administrative Order 2020-6  providing additional guidance regarding how certain businesses may operate under Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order 107 (which we wrote about here).  The Administrative Order clarifies and directs that:

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Massachusetts Suspends State Permitting Deadlines

On March 26, 2020, Governor Baker issued Executive Order No. 17 as part of his continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order suspends or tolls deadlines related to permits being sought or pending before state permit agencies that report to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, such as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, which could include developments being planned under G.L. c. 40B.
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Update on Measures Taken by Government Departments in view of Covid-19 Pandemic

Restriction on Collection of Fees by Schools in Uttarakhand:

Uttarakhand Education Department has released a circular on March 25, 2020 restricting all CBSE, ICSE and other boards affiliated aided and un-aided schools within Uttarakhand from collection of fees till re-opening of the schools. All schools within Uttarakhand have been directed not to force the parents for immediate deposit of the fees in view of the ongoing lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fees shall be collected only upon re-opening of the schools.

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Illinois non-essential businesses forced to close through April 7

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has issued a “shelter-in-place” order, which requires citizens of Illinois “to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Executive Order” through April 7, 2020. The executive order creates exceptions to the stay at home requirement which generally fall into three categories: essential activities, essential government functions, and to operate essential businesses and operations. READ MORE 

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Navigating through economic instability and COVID-19: SBA economic injury disaster loans

The negative affects caused by COVID-19 have forced small business owners to temporarily close without any clear indication on when they may open again. These closures have caused unprecedented revenue loss and economic instability. In an effort to mitigate the economic damage caused by COVID-19, several federal and state level financial relief programs have been activated to support small business owners. READ MORE 

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Ohio non-essential businesses forced to close through April 6

Starting on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. all individuals in Ohio are required to stay in their homes and all non-essential businesses are required to shut their doors until at least April 6, 2020. Learn what activities are prohibited and find out whether or not your business qualifies as an “essential business or operation.” READ MORE 

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Secretary Azar Urges Governors to Take Action to Lift Restrictions to Extend the Capacity of the Health Care Workforce

In response to the growing concerns of the capacity of the health care workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 24, 2020 the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, issued a letter and associated Guidance to all Governors urging them to take immediate action.  While the federal government, and some states, have admirably waived and relaxed many rules related to the provision of various types of benefits and services, including relaxed telehealth and privacy rules/enforcement, many necessary actions are within the authority of state governments. Presumably, this plea from Secretary Azar is an attempt to “close the gap” between what the federal government has done to remove these barriers and the stringent restrictions of many state licensure laws. Specifically, Azar sets forth eight action items that he is asking Governors and the District of Columbia to consider in order to lift the limits that state rules currently place on licensure, scope of practice, certification, and recertification/relicensure. The action items include:

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Under the conditions of coronavirus spread, the week from March 30 in Russia is declared as a non-working one with the preservation of salaries

The recent Decree of the Russian President (“Decree”)1 establishes non-working days for the week from March 30 to April 3, 2020, to ensure the sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population on the Russian territory, with the preservation of salaries for employees. This requirement does not apply to employees of the following organizations:

  • continuously operating organizations;
  • medical and pharmacy organizations;
  • organizations that provide the population with food and goods of prime necessity;
  • organizations that perform urgent work in emergencies, in other cases that endanger the life or normal living conditions of the population;
  • organizations that perform urgent repair and handling operations.
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NJ Gov. Murphy Expands Business Closures, Requires Residents to Stay at Home, and Invalidates Conflicting County or Local Restrictions

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed two Executive Orders to bring state-wide consistency to the mandated restrictions and closures arising from the COVID pandemic. The first, Executive Order 107 (Order 107) requires all nonessential New Jersey private businesses and nonprofits to close to the public (with certain exceptions), details restrictions and guidelines for those that are not required to close, and requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaging in excepted conduct.  Order 107 supersedes and increases the prior restrictions set forth in Gov. Murphy’s March 16, 2020 Executive Order No. 104 (which among other actions, closed schools, some entertainment venues and put restrictions and limited hours on certain businesses).  The second, Executive Order 108 (“Order 108”) invalidates most county or local restrictions that conflict with Order 107.

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Michigan Emergency Order Summary

Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has issued Executive Order No. 2020-21, entitled “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” (the “Order”). This alert summarizes the Order. The full text of the Order is available here. Notably, the Order is to be construed “broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.” Read more…

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