April 13, 2020
Authored by: BCLP at Work
Recent state and federal developments are a reminder that the COVID-19 landscape is continually changing and demonstrate that businesses must remain alert and nimble as they address rapidly evolving mandates from both the federal and state sectors in the COVID-19 environment. Specifically, in the last week: (1) the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) issued interim guidance1 for critical infrastructure workers; and (2) an April 8, 2020 the Governor of New Jersey signed a new Executive Order2 expanding the state’s Stay-at-Home restrictions.
Businesses that continue to operate under Stay-at-Home orders can expect evolving requirements intended to keep workplaces safe. The New Jersey order is an example of just one state with recent changes; however, it is not alone. Many states are modifying their orders or issuing new guidance as the nation continues to learn more about COVID-19 and as the business community tries to understand and adjust to the orders. One of the biggest challenges is that there is no one source from which updated requirements for businesses might come. New requirements may be issued by state or local health departments, state or local executive orders, and federal agencies. These two most recent developments underscore the importance of continued monitoring to ensure businesses remain aware of the rapidly changing environment.
Below are just some of the details of these recent requirements:
CDC Interim Guidance:
- Under the previous guidance, all workers, even those in the critical infrastructure sectors, were advised to leave work and “self-quarantine” for 14 days if exposed to someone with