CDC Now Recommends Vaccinated People Wear Masks in Public, Indoor Settings in Areas of Substantial or High COVID-19 Transmission

On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People and scaled back the relaxed masking guidelines for vaccinated individuals that it issued in May 2021.

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Webinar Replay: State of the Workplace in 2021: Reopening in a Partially Vaccinated Environment and the New Administration

Video replays of the webinar, “State of the Workplace in 2021: Reopening in a Partially Vaccinated Environment and the New Administration,” are available.

Reopening the Workplace

The Biden Administration

Benefits Update

Immigration Update

California Prepares to Move Beyond the “Blueprint”

California took a huge step toward full reopening by announcing its intention to lift all business restrictions under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” by mid-June, provided that hospitalizations remain low and vaccination rates remain high. The reopening will require some continued restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate.

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Maryland to Lift Capacity Restrictions on Dining and Other COVID-19 Mitigation Measures; Masking and Distancing Mandates to Remain

On March 9, 2021, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a new executive order and announced that the state will lift many of its COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses and travel. These eased restrictions will likely remain subject to more restrictive local rules and orders in some jurisdictions, although local leaders are still evaluating their authority in that regard. The state’s masking mandate and other advisories will remain in place.

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Florida Industry Group Urges State to Limit Legal Liability for Florida Businesses

On November 30, 2020, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) released a 74-page report compiled by its Restore Economic Strength through Employment & Tourism (RESET) Task Force, highlighting a number policy proposals intended to help Florida’s economy “rebound from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and any similar future economic slowdowns.”

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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”