Public Law

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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State Duma adopted amendments aimed at implementing the President’s and Government initiatives

Deputies of the State Duma adopted the Law “On making amendments to certain legal acts of the Russian Federation on the prevention and liquidation of emergency situations” in terms of regulating relations arising in connection with the need for emergency response to calls related to the spread of coronavirus infection (“Law”)1.

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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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