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California Announces New “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” That Includes Significant Changes to Reopening Guidance

By Brooke Tabshouri

After being the first state to shut down its whole economy in mid-March response to the COVID-19 crisis, California began reopening in May.  After attempting to do so on a statewide basis, reopening was primarily driven at the county level, with some counties permitted to reopen various parts of the economy before others.  The state then experienced a huge surge of cases shortly thereafter, leading to a reimposition of many restrictions, particularly with regard to bars and restaurants and indoor operations across a number of industries.  It created a monitoring list that tracked six key factors regarding reopening, including positive test rates, hospital and ICU capacity, number of available ventilators and personal protective equipment available for hospitals, and cases per 100,000 people.

To allow a continued reopening without an accompanying surge in cases, effective August 31, 2020, California has a new, phased reopening that applies statewide called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Continue reading California Announces New “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” That Includes Significant Changes to Reopening Guidance

New Jersey to Reopen Gyms and Indoor Amusement Facilities

On August 26, 2020, Governor Murphy announced the reopening of gyms and indoor amusement facilities effective as of September 1, 2020. Reopening will include a 25% of capacity limitation and typical safety protocols including masks, social distancing, one way traffic, etc.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Philadelphia to Lift Indoor Dining, Theater and Movie Ban

As of September 8, 2020, Philadelphia will allow indoor dining at restaurants, with restrictions. Indoor theaters and movie theaters will also be allowed to reopen on September 8 with venues not to exceed 50% capacity, with a maximum of 25 people allowed.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Philadelphia Extends Indoor Dining Ban Through September 1, 2020

Philadelphia has extended its ban on indoor dining at restaurants to September 1 after the city has seen another week COVID-19 cases on the rise. The previous ban was set to end August 1.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

New Jersey No Longer Permitting Indoor Dining on July 2

Earlier today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that indoor dining will no longer be permitted later this week as part of New Jersey’s Reopening Plan. Initially, indoor dining was supposed to be able to resume this week on Thursday, in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Given the rising number of cases in other States and the crowds expected this weekend for the 4th of July, the Governor has opted to slow down the reopening of indoor dining.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner  Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Gatherings of Up to 25 People Allowed in Phase III Regions in New York and Western New York to Enter Phase III Tomorrow

By Minhee Lee

Governor Cuomo announced today that global public health experts have given Western New York the green light to enter Phase III reopening, joining five other New York regions already in Phase III— Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and the Southern Tier. The Capital Region, which encompasses Albany, the state capital, is on track to follow suit on Wednesday, June 17. Gatherings of up to 25 people will also be permitted in regions currently in or entering Phase III. This is an expansion from the previous restriction of 10 people.

The benchmark numbers continue to go down according to the press release—the three-day average on COVID-19 related hospitalizations and fatalities has hit the lowest point since the beginning of the pandemic. Only 1.1% of 56,611 tests that took place across the state yesterday came back positive. Even in New York City, the state’s COVID-19 epicenter, the testing came back positive at a rate of 1.3% on Sunday, down from 1.4% on Saturday, and 1.7% on Friday. New York City is currently in Phase I.

Paternalistic Employers, Beware: EEOC Addresses Employer Concerns for Workplace Safety via Mandated Accommodations

On June 11, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released additional Q&As in “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” As businesses reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers continue to grapple with how to safely return employees to the workforce, particularly those employees with certain underlying conditions identified by the CDC, as well as pregnant employees and those over the age of 65.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

COVID-19 Updates for Singapore Employers: Cost Reduction, Mandatory Notifications, and Government Support from the Fortitude Budget

Following the end of the circuit breaker period on 1 June 2020, Singapore is implementing a gradual resumption of business. During this period, employers are likely to continue to have concerns over cost-saving and business continuity measures and the government support available to them.

To read the full text, please visit the Duane Morris & Selvam COVID-19 Resource Blog.