Public Law

New Jersey Allows Re-Opening of Non-Essential Retail and Construction Business, and In-Vehicle Gatherings, with Restrictions

On May 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 142 , which allows for the resuming of non-essential construction projects (subject to certain conditions and restrictions), the reopening of retail businesses (curbside pickup only) and permitting public gatherings of more than 10 people so long as attendees stay in closed (or socially distant) vehicles.   Some of the provisions of Executive Order 142 take effect immediately, and others at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

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New Jersey Governor Extends Public Health Emergency Until June 5

On May 6, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 138, in which he extended the Public Health Emergency by 30 additional days, until June 5, due to the continuing need to protect the health, safety and welfare of New Jersians from COVID-19.  Executive Order 138 also states that all Executive Orders and actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies (including Administrative Orders) that were adopted in whole or in part based on the current Public Health Emergency will remain in full force and effect.

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Ohio businesses move towards a slow and restricted reopening

On April 30, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, issued a new “Stay Safe Ohio” order that replaced the previous stay at home order and eased certain business operation restrictions. Although the order directs Ohioans to remain home, select businesses and operations in the state are permitted to reopen so long as all workplace safety standards and social distancing requirements are met.
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Texas Governor Issues Executive Order to Begin Phase One of Reopening Texas: What Employers Need to Know

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Gregory Abbott announced Phase One of his much anticipated plan to reopen Texas, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  Governor Abbott accompanied his announcement by issuing Texas Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (“Report”), and Executive Order No. GA-18 (“EO GA-18” or “Order”), pursuant to which all retail stores, restaurants[1], movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries are allowed to reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020, with a 25% occupancy limitation.  Within shopping malls and museums, all interactive areas must remain closed, as well as food-court dining and play areas.  EO GA-18 allows for increased occupancy limits of up to 50% in rural areas and counties with five or fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19, as verified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”).

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Congress passes $484B coronavirus relief bill

Congress has passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, increasing the total amount available under the Paycheck Protection Program by $310 billion. Of that sum, $60 billion is set aside for loans to be made through small and very small community banks and credit unions. The bill also includes an increase of $10 billion for EIDL grants, $75 billion to help overwhelmed providers and hospitals, and $25 billion for coronavirus research.
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A timeline for returning to normal: When will each state reopen?

As of April 27, more than 97% of the U.S. population is still under a stay-at-home order or shelter-in-place order in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. McDonald Hopkins has an updated list with insight on where each state stands in the push to reopen.
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Temporary measures in the area of migration due to the spread of coronavirus infection

On April 18, 2020, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree1 “On temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation in connection with the threat of the further spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)” (“Decree”). The measures provided for by the Decree are limited in their duration – from March 15 to June 15, 2020, inclusive. Below we will consider the main measures established by the Decree with respect to foreign citizens who came to Russia both on a visa-free and visa basis, as well as stateless persons (hereinafter jointly referred to as “foreign citizens” as well):

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Confusion remains as state attorneys general order businesses to shutdown

Although each state provides a definition or list of examples of businesses that qualify as essential, businesses not expressly listed continue to face difficulties when determining if they are permitted to continue operating. As a result, state attorneys general have been forced to decipher these stay-at-home orders and hold businesses accountable. READ MORE 

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Covid-19 in Latvia: State of Emergency extended until 12 May 2020 and other updates

Covid-19 in Latvia: At the meeting of April 7, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the State of Emergency until May 12, 2020. In turn, at an extraordinary session on April 3, the Parliament of Latvia adopted several amendments to the regulatory enactments due to the spread of Covid-19.

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The list of organizations, which are allowed to continue working, is amended

The Moscow Mayor Decree dd 04.04.2020 No. 39-UM “On amendments being made to the Moscow Mayor decree dd 05.03.2020 No. 12-UM” (“Mayor Decree”) stipulates the following amendments:

  1. from organizations, operation of which was suspended within the high-alert regime, are excluded specialized objects of retail trade, selling medical and optico-ophthalmological devices (equipment); as well as organizations, rendering services under a license to carry out medical care
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