New York State Halts Nonessential Construction

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many states are implementing increasingly strict measures to prevent further spread of the virus. These measures include travel restrictions, extended school closures and requirements that individuals stay at home except as necessary to provide certain essential business and government services. Until recently, New York state considered construction to be an essential business, as outlined in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6.

In the wake of pressure from various labor organizations and community groups, however, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.13, dated March 29, 2020.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Orders Marylanders to Stay at Home Except for “Essential Activities” as of 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020 – All Prior Executive Orders Remain in Place

By Robert B. Hopkins

On Monday morning, Governor Hogan signed an Amended and Restated Executive Order to take effect at 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020 that requires Marylanders to stay at home except that (i) Marylanders may conduct or participate in “Essential Activities,” and (ii) staff and owners of essential businesses and organizations (as defined by a prior interpretive guidance of the governor’s office of legal counsel) may travel between their homes and such essential businesses and organizations and may travel to and from customers to deliver goods or perform services of such essential businesses and organizations. The stay-at-home order does not apply to persons whose residences have become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, or to persons experiencing homelessness, but governmental and other entities are strongly encouraged to make shelter available for such persons to the maximum extent practicable. Continue reading “Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Orders Marylanders to Stay at Home Except for “Essential Activities” as of 8:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020 – All Prior Executive Orders Remain in Place”

Virginia Governor Orders Closures and Occupancy Restrictions on All Nonessential Retail Businesses

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order on March 23, 2020, that closes dine-in restaurants and recreational/entertainment businesses, places patron number restrictions on all nonessential retail businesses, bans gatherings of 10 or more persons, and closes schools for the remainder of the school year.

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D.C. Mayor Closes All Nonessential Businesses and Prohibits Large Gatherings

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order to take effect at 10:00 p.m. on March 25, 2020, that will close all nonessential business facilities in the District, prohibit all persons suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 from conducting “Essential Business,” and prohibit gatherings of 10 or more persons.

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Delaware Governor Closes Nonessential Businesses Until May 15, 2020

On March 22, 2020, Delaware Governor John Carney issued his Fourth and Fifth Modifications of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat, pursuant to which he has ordered the closure of nonessential business and commercial establishments in Delaware (Nonessential Business Closure Order). The order takes effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. and remains in effect “until after May 15, 2020, or the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated… .” Violations of the Nonessential Business Closure Order constitute a criminal offense.

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New Jersey Orders Citizens to Stay at Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107 mandating that New Jersey citizens stay home and that nonessential businesses close, with limited exceptions, until further notice. Governor Murphy also issued Executive Order 109, indefinitely postponing all elective surgeries and invasive medical procedures as of March 27, 2020. These restrictions are the state’s latest measures to curb the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Massachusetts to Close Nonessential Businesses and Issues “Stay at Home” Advisory

Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order closing all businesses and organizations in Massachusetts that do not provide COVID-19 essential services from 12:00 p.m. on March 24, until 12:00 p.m. on April 7. The order applies to physical workspaces and facilities and encourages businesses to operate remotely to the extent possible.

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Maryland Governor Closes All Nonessential Businesses and Other Establishments March 23, 2020

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an order to take effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020, that will close all nonessential businesses, organizations and establishments in the state, in addition to businesses closed by previous executive orders. This follows previous orders, statewide actions and recommendations. The order excludes “Essential Critical Infrastructure” businesses as defined by the federal government, which include businesses in the following sectors: chemical, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, materials, and waste, transportation, and water and wastewater.

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Illinois Governor Closes All But Essential Businesses and Organizations Over COVID-19

On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 in response to COVID-19. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2020, and continuing through April 7, 2020, at a minimum, the executive order requires that all individuals stay at home unless they work for essential businesses and operations.

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Delaware Governor Closes Nonessential Businesses Until May 15, 2020

On March 22, 2020, Delaware Governor John Carney issued his Fourth and Fifth Modifications of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat, pursuant to which he has ordered the closure of nonessential business and commercial establishments in Delaware (Nonessential Business Closure Order). The order takes effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. and remains in effect “until after May 15, 2020, or the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated… .” Violations of the Nonessential Business Closure Order constitute a criminal offense.

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