Legal Alert: How to Determine Whether Your Business Must Cease In-Person Operations Due to COVID-19

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Cutting Through the Fog: How to Navigate Federal, State, and Local Orders and Guidance to Determine Whether Your Business Must Cease In-Person Operations Due to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, several state and local governments have issued public health orders to limit the number of people infected. These orders establish restrictions on business operations and travel. These restrictions are being implemented alongside federal guidance. As of March 23, 2020, California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Dallas County issued what in effect are “shelter in place” orders for individuals to remain in their place of residence rather than commute to work or engage in social activities, subject to several exceptions, where the individuals are needed to continue to work from their place of employment to maintain continuity of operations related to “essential” or “critical” infrastructure and essential businesses. Below is a general overview of the steps necessary to take to determine whether your business and workforce are potentially exempt from applicable shelter in place orders, whether issued by states, the federal government, or local governments.

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