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Overview of Federal and State COVID-19 Relief Programs for New York

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state and local governments, through both legislative and executive action, have enacted or ordered a broad array of financial measures to mitigate the adverse economic effects experienced by businesses and nonprofit entities.

To read the full text of this Alert, which will identify and explain the economic programs established by the federal government, New York state and New York City to help businesses in New York that are experiencing financial loss due to COVID-19, please visit the firm website.

COVID-19 – NJ updates its Executive Order – “Non-Essential” Construction Activity Shut Down and Retail Limitations – effective April 8th – 8PM

Governor Murphy announced on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, an Executive Order (“EO”) that will impact business operations across the State of New Jersey. A copy of the Executive Order can be found at: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-122.pdf

New Guidelines for “Non-Essential Construction“:

Per the EO, all non-essential construction operations in NJ must be shut down at 8 PM on 4-10-2020.  Below is the definition for “essential construction” that may remain operational.  The EO also requires construction projects that remain active to adopt special social distancing and cleanliness standards.

  1. Projects necessary for the delivery of health care services, including but not limited to hospitals, other health care facilities, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities;
  2. Transportation projects, including roads, bridges, and mass transit facilities or physical infrastructure, including work done at airports or seaports;
  3. Utility projects, including those necessary for energy and electricity production and transmission, and any decommissioning of facilities used for electricity generation;
  4. Residential projects that are exclusively designated as affordable housing;
  5. Projects involving pre-K-12 schools, including but not limited to projects in Schools Development Authority districts, and projects involving higher education facilities;
  6. Projects already underway involving individual single-family homes, or an individual apartment unit where an individual already resides, with a construction crew of 5 or fewer individuals. This includes additions to single-family homes such as solar panels;
  7. Projects already underway involving a residential unit for which a tenant or buyer has already entered into a legally binding agreement to occupy the unit by a certain date, and construction is necessary to ensure the unit’s availability by that date;
  8. Projects involving facilities at which any one or more of the following takes place: the manufacture, distribution, storage, or servicing of goods or products that are sold by online retail businesses or essential retail businesses, as defined by Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders adopted pursuant to that Order;
  9. Projects involving data centers or facilities that are critical to a business’s ability to function;
  10. Projects necessary for the delivery of essential social services, including homeless shelters;
  11. Any project necessary to support law enforcement agencies or first responder units in their response to the COVID-19 emergency;
  12. Any project that is ordered or contracted for by Federal, State, county, or municipal government, or any project that must be completed to meet a deadline established by the Federal government;
  13. Any work on a non-essential construction project that is required to physically secure the site of the project, ensure the structural integrity of any buildings on the site, abate any hazards that would exist on the site if the construction were to remain in its current condition, remediate a site, or otherwise ensure that the site and any buildings therein are appropriately protected and safe during the suspension of the project; and
  14. Any emergency repairs necessary to ensure the health and safety of residents.

New Guidelines for Essential Retail Stores:

All essential retail must indefinitely limit the number of customers in their stores to 50 percent of their approved capacity.Customers and employees must wear face coverings. Stores must provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals, erect physical barriers between customers and cashiers and baggers where practicable, and regularly sanitize areas used by their employees.

New Guidelines for Warehouses and Manufacturing Facilities:

The order will also put greater protections in place for the workers in warehouses and in manufacturing and will required social distancing to be practiced to its fullest extent.

About Duane Morris:

Duane Morris has created a COVID-19 Strategy Team to help organizations plan, respond to and address this fast-moving situation. Please see our COVID-19 site or contact your Duane Morris attorney for more information. Prior Alerts on the topic are available on the team’s webpage.

For Further Information:

If you have any questions about this Alert, please contact  Brad A. Molotsky, Paul Josephson, Elizabeth Mincer, James Greenberg, or any member of our COVID-19 Strategy Team or the attorney in the firm with whom you are regularly in contact.

 

Delaware – COVID and State filings 3-23-20

Good afternoon and we hope you are doing well in these trying times.

With respect to corporate filings for the entities that are incorporated in the State of Delaware, the Division of Corporations has posted on its website that it is open for business, however, “in-person” access is by appointment only. The Division is encouraging that all filings be made through the document upload service. On-line services remain available through the Division’s website.

The latest order from the Governor provides that effective March 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. E.D.T., and until further notice, State offices will remain open, except that all State of Delaware employees able to telecommute are required to telecommute (work from home) wherever possible, in accordance with Department of Human Resource’s guidance. This includes the Division of Corporations so businesses with filing needs should be able to continue with business as usual.

We will continue to track local and national information and report as new news becomes available through our COVID taskforce.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this post, please do not hesitate to contact Nanette Heide via email at Ncheide@duanemorris.com.

If you have other COVID type questions, you can reach at any of the following COVID team members and we will direct your inquiry to the appropriate person within our COVID Taskforce – bamolotsky@duanemorris.com; slcaffrey@duanemorris.com; jsegal@duanemorris.com or dcanderson@duanemorris.com.  We have created a webpage for your convenience as well that can be found at Duane Morris Covid.

Stay safe!

Delaware’s Governor Issues Closure Order for Non-Essential Businesses effective 8 AM on March 24, 2020

Governor John Carney issued his Forth Modification 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 non-essential business and commercial establishments in the state of Delaware (the “Non-Essential Business Closure Order”).

The order takes effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2002, 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 Non-Essential Business Closure Order constitute a criminal offense.

While “Essential Businesses”—as defined in the Governor’s Order and highlighted below—may continue to operate, such businesses must continue to comply with certain health-protecting guidelines and measures promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) or the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health (“DPH”).

Among the measures Essential Businesses are required to observe while they remain open for employees and customers are the following: (a) implementing flexible and non-punitive sick-leave policies; (b) excluding employees who are actively exhibiting signs of illness or have had close contact with persons diagnosed with, or suspected of having COVID-19; and (c) the adoption and encouragement of certain personal hygiene and property sanitizing practices.

The Non-Essential Business Closure Order, appears to be fairly liberal in adopting Delaware’s definition of what businesses or industries are considered Essential Businesses. To that end, businesses that employ or utilize workers in the following general areas are considered “Essential Businesses” and may remain operational to provide functions critical to the day-to-day needs of Delaware’s citizens:

• Healthcare/Public Health: Not surprisingly, the list of workers related to the Healthcare/Public Health industry is quite broad and not only includes those persons directly responsible for providing healthcare services, but also workers and businesses that are critical to the support of such healthcare functions.

• Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders

• Food and Agriculture: Here, too, the list of essential functions broadly captures a wide swath of the food and agriculture segment to ensure that this critical industry remains functional. Thus, the directive generally declares as essential workers and businesses critical to the production of, distribution of, and the sale of food and beverage products not only for human consumption, but also for pets and livestock.

• Energy: This industrial category is broken down into the following sub-categories: (a) Electricity Industry; (b) Petroleum Industry (including transport, storage, refining, distribution, and sales); and (c) Natural Gas and Propane.

• Water and Wastewater

• Transportation and Logistics: This category broadly covers persons and businesses needed to move goods and services, as well as to maintain the assets used in transportation and logistics activities.

• Public Works

• Communications and Information Technology

• Other Community-Based Government Operations and Essential Functions: This category covers workers such as: (a) election personnel; (b) weather forecasters; (c) educators; and (d) hotel workers, among others.

• Manufacturing: This category broadly encompasses: “Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials, goods, products, or similar distribution.”

• Hazardous Materials

• Financial Services and Insurance

• Chemical

• Defense Industrial Base

• Construction: This category includes both the persons engaging in the construction and repair of residential and non-residential structures and the businesses that supply materials and hardware to those trades.

• Necessary Products Retailers: This category lists a number of “Necessary Products” that include: (a) medical and hygiene supplies, (b) dry goods; (c) agricultural supplies; (d) pet and animal food supplies; (e) hardware; (f) products and equipment needed to work from home; (g) alcohol, beer and wine; and (h) “any other household consumer products or other products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences.”

• Necessary Retail and Service Establishments: This category lists twenty-six types of Necessary Retail and Service Establishments that include: (a) businesses that sell to or supply such businesses; (b) plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc.; (c) lawn and garden retail facilities; (d) marinas; (e) childcare facilities; (f) professional services such a legal and accounting; (g) hotels and taxis; and (h) pet sitters.

• Open Air Recreation Facilities

The Non-Essential Business Closure Order also contains a list of types of businesses that are considered “Non-Essential Businesses,” which includes places such as casinos, racetracks, sporting facilities, theaters and concert halls, among others. This list appears to cover a number of facilities in which large numbers of people might ordinarily gather together.

To determine the specific status of a specific type of business or worker, the State of Delaware has published an industry status list, in which the industries named above are broken down into their 4-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. The industry classification list states—by code number—which types of businesses may or may not operate (or operate with certain listed restrictions) during the time the order is in force. Moreover, in a set of FAQ published by the State, it is noted that if a business has more than one NAICS code, “[y]ou may follow the instructions for the least restrictive NAICS code your business is classified under.”

CONCLUSION

Delaware’s Non-Essential Business Closure Order appears to broadly define Essential Businesses in a manner that will allow many aspects of Delaware’s manufacturing, commercial and business or landscape to continue to operate, and therefore, to afford Delaware’s citizens the most normal day-to-day life possible in these challenging circumstances and secure in their knowledge that essential aspects of daily lives will not be unnecessarily restricted.

If you have questions regarding how the Non-Essential Business Closure Order might affect your business, the lawyers of Duane Morris, LLP, have had in place a COVID-19 rapid response team for several weeks now and are ready to assist with your legal needs. Information about Duane Morris’ capabilities may be found at www.duanemorris.com.

Feel free to email us as well if easier – bamolotsky@duanemorris.com; slcaffrey@duanemorris.com; dcanderson@duanemorris.com; jsegal@duanemorris.com and we will direct your inquiry accordingly.

Be Safe.