State Reopenings: The Blog

The Push and Pull as Idaho Reopens

By Nikku Khalifian Beginning June 13, Idaho became one of the first states to allow all businesses throughout the State to reopen. With this expansion in reopening, Idaho, and many other states throughout the nation, have seen statewide and regional spikes in COVID-19 case counts. Although the Stay Healthy Order moved the State into Stage… Continue reading The Push and Pull as Idaho Reopens

State Reopenings: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or Is It?

By Greg Chabon, Marty Stern, Nikku Khalifian, Katie Zimmerman, Elizabeth Stell, Bob Silverman This week marks a stunning (literally) transition in our three-month COVID-19 State Closure/Reopening Project.  Every state in the country is now squarely in the process of going green — reopening all sectors of their economies, with at last count about 20% of… Continue reading State Reopenings: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or Is It?

FCC and CISA Tell Governors Communications Services Essential to COVID-19 Response – Why Now, What Does It Mean?

By Bob Silverman and Marty Stern In a surprise move, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai joined up last week with Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs to write to the governors of the 50 states as well as U.S. Territories (including the District of Columbia mayor)… Continue reading FCC and CISA Tell Governors Communications Services Essential to COVID-19 Response – Why Now, What Does It Mean?

NC Struggles with Science, Politics, Increasing Infections, Social Distancing, and Poultry

By Greg Chabon Continuing in its role as something of an anomaly in the South, North Carolina continues to try to balance scientific and health data, political pressure, an increasing COVID-19 infection rate, and recent poultry plant infections in its quest to slowly reopen its economy.  Governor Roy Cooper recently made national news by refusing… Continue reading NC Struggles with Science, Politics, Increasing Infections, Social Distancing, and Poultry

Return to Work Employment Considerations FAQ

Check out this FAQ from Womble Bond Dickinson partners, Richard L. Rainey and Beth Tyner Jones, which addresses top-of-mind questions they have been asked on business reopening employment-related considerations.  The Questions covered include: What can retail businesses do if an employee refuses to return to work? How should employers handle temperature screening logistics? How should… Continue reading Return to Work Employment Considerations FAQ

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay at Home Order

By Katie Zimmerman On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a 4-3 decision in the Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm case, which declared Wisconsin “Safer at Home” Order, Emergency Order No. 28, unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.  The decision, however, specifically stated that it does not apply to Section 4.a. of the Emergency Order… Continue reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay at Home Order

The “Western States Pact” and a Phased/Staged Approach to Reopening States in Response to COVID-19

by Nikku Khalifian California, Oregon, and Washington, recently joined by Colorado and Nevada, have agreed on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling  the spread of COVID-19 called the Western States Pact, recognizing the regional impact and interdependencies of the pandemic.  As part of the Western States Pact, the Governors indicated their commitment,… Continue reading The “Western States Pact” and a Phased/Staged Approach to Reopening States in Response to COVID-19

Opening Statement

By Marty Stern and Greg Chabon           Back in March, when we launched our COVID-19 state closure orders mapping project, stateclosures.com, we observed that state business closure orders, and their related stay at home orders, had been coming at a fast and furious pace.  Among the key questions then were distinctions tied to essential and… Continue reading Opening Statement


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