California Issues Restrictive Regional Stay Home Order Tied to Hospital ICU Capacity

As COVID-19 cases escalate dramatically in California, health officials in the state announced a Regional Stay Home Order on December 3, 2020, intended to help flatten the rapidly rising curve and to assist hospitals in managing intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. The order severely restricts business activities, prohibits gatherings and requires masking and physical distancing. It modifies the state’s initial stay-at-home order issued by the governor in March and builds on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Delaware Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Advisory and Universal Indoor Mask Order

In the midst of a dangerous winter surge of COVID-19 cases and resulting hospitalizations in Delaware, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced a new stay-at-home advisory strongly recommending that all Delawareans avoid gathering indoors with anyone outside their household from December 14 through January 11.

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Another COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuit Dismissed

The District of New Jersey granted a motion to dismiss a restaurant owner’s purported class action lawsuit seeking business interruption coverage by analyzing: (1) the New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order and (2) the policy language, in a commercial all-risk property damage policy, that excluded coverage for losses covered by viruses.

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New Jersey Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

On November 16, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 196, which further tightens restrictions on various types of gatherings, both indoor and outdoor. This new order comes on the heels of Executive Order 194, which created additional restrictions for certain industries, and Executive Order 192, which created a uniform set of safety restrictions for all businesses in the state. Executive Order 196 essentially decreases indoor and outdoor gathering limits in response to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases.

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Maryland Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants, Hospitals and Other Indoor Establishments

On November 17, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced new measures in response to the recent uptick in statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions. The governor issued an executive order imposing capacity restrictions on restaurants, bars and other indoor establishments. The Maryland Department of Health also issued a series of orders restricting visitation at hospitals and nursing homes. The statewide orders carry the force of law and violations are punishable by fines up to $5,000 and up to one year in prison.

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New Jersey Counties and Municipalities Now Permitted to Establish Curfews for Non-essential Businesses

On November 12, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy executed an Executive Order allowing municipalities and counties the option to impose curfews on all non-essential businesses as early as 8:00 p.m. Municipalities and counties do not have to impose restrictions, but they will now have the power to do so if they choose.

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New Jersey Employers Must Implement Mandatory COVID-19 Safety Protocols by November 5, 2020

On October 28, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 192, which requires employers to implement certain safety measures designed to protect employees, customers and others against exposure to COVID-19. While most states and municipalities recommend similar safety measures, New Jersey is one of the few states to mandate such requirements. New Jersey employers and businesses are advised to implement the required measures by November 5, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., the effective date of the executive order.

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New York Governor Issues One More (and One Final?) COVID-Related Executive Order Tolling Statutes of Limitations

On October 4, 2020, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.67, which further tolled New York statutes of limitations until November 3, 2020, and extends a toll first instituted by Executive Order 202.8 on March 20, 2020. Executive Order 202.67 is the latest order extending the initial toll of New York’s statutes of limitations that Governor Cuomo ordered at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Third Circuit Stays Federal Court’s Decision Striking Down Pennsylvania Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Orders as Unconstitutional

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 pandemic emergency orders shall remain in effect, says the Third Circuit. The federal appellate court stayed the lower court decision striking down several portions of the Governor’s orders as unconstitutional.

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