California Restaurants File Declaratory Relief Action Seeking Coverage for COVID-19-Related Losses

On Wednesday, French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro, two high-end Michelin star Napa Valley restaurants, filed the first California coverage suit for COVID-19-related losses including lost business income. Plaintiffs, represented by the same firm that filed the first COVID-19 coverage lawsuit in New Orleans two weeks ago, allege that the Napa County stay-at-home order related to COVID-19 caused them to lose business and furlough over 300 employees.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorneys Dominica C. AndersonPhilip R. Matthews, and Gina M. Foran, please visit the Duane Morris Insurance Law Blog.

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”

No State-Wide Shut-Down (Yet) in Texas, But Various Cities/Counties Issue “Stay Home” Orders

By Tracy L. McCreight

As of March 24, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had not ordered a statewide shelter-in-place order.  However, numerous Texas cities (or their related county governments) such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso and close-in suburbs have issued “Stay Home – Work Safe” or “Stay Home – Stay Safe” orders.  The orders command citizens of those particular jurisdictions to stay in their residences and state that they may leave only for essential activities, or to provide or perform essential governmental functions, or to operate essential businesses.  Each of the orders is continued to various dates in April or until further notice.

Essential businesses typical include (but are not limited to) essential healthcare operations, essential governmental functions, essential critical infrastructure, essential retail such as grocery stores and pharmacies, food cultivation, financial institutions, mail and delivery services, hardware and supply stores, funeral services, providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations, news media, and child care, among others.  Critical infrastructure may include construction, depending on the purpose.   

On March 25, 2020, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Texas and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts for COVID-19.

Mix of Statewide Emergency Rules and Local Advisories Dominate Florida’s Reaction to COVID-19

Florida is noticeably absent from the list of high-density states that have implemented stay-at-home orders due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (including New York, California, Illinois and others). Still, the state and localities have issued a number of orders and advisories aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the state has relaxed a number of specific business restrictions in an effort to both encourage adherence to limitations on business operations and to counteract the detrimental economic effects of business closings.

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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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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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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.

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