Philadelphia Issues “Stay at Home” Order

As you have likely been following, New York and New Jersey have issued similar but slightly different Stay at Home orders over the weekend. Pennsylvania has also issued a “non-life supporting” business physical locations shut down effective as of Friday, March 20, 2020. The list of what constitutes a “life-sustaining” business has been modified twice since the initial announcement.

As of March 22, 2020, the City of Philadelphia has declared by Executive Order, a similar Stay at Home Order.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Opportunity Zones Blog.

California Education Institutions Exempted from Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Order requires “all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”  The Order exempted “16 critical infrastructure sectors whose . . . incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health, or any combination thereof.”

We all intuitively know academic institutions fit this description, and the Order agrees:  “Government Facilities” are included as one of those 16 critical infrastructure sectors, and the cited-to guidance in the Order confirms that this includes an “Education Facilities Subsector [that] covers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, institutions of higher education, and business and trade schools. The subsector includes facilities that are owned by both government and private sector entities.”

To read the full text of this article by Duane Morris attorney Bryce Young, please visit the Duane Morris UpdatED blog.

Emergency Powers Law in New Jersey

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with questions and issues we’ve never considered before, or at least didn’t give much serious thought. With the invocation of emergency powers by Governor Philip D. Murphy on March 9, 2020, businesses and individuals alike may ask themselves why they need to cooperate and comply with them.

To read the full text of this article by Duane Morris partner Paul Josephson (originally published in the New Jersey Law Journal), please visit the firm website.

Update on Recent Travel Proclamations in Wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On February 29, 2020, President Trump signed an additional presidential proclamation banning entry of all foreign nationals who have visited Iran during the 14-day period preceding attempted entry into the United States. This same ban has been in effect for China since January 31, 2020.

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