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Updated at: 6/2/20 2:00 PM EST





Alabama

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 18,308

Recovered: 9,355

Fatalities: 646

Hospitalizations: 1,606

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID 19: Postponed until May 4.

Elections

Alabama Republican Primary runoff for US Senate Seat July 14 (Postponed from March 31) (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/28/2020 through 4/17/2020

Non Essential Business: May 21: Governor Key Ivey issued an Amended Safer at Home Order which included an expanded list of items to reopen. The Amended Safer at Home Order will take effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, and will expire at 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2020.

May 8: Gov. Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home Order on Friday to be applied statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Monday, May 11, 2020 and will expire on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
o Retailers and athletic facilities, including commercial gyms and spas, in the state may open effective May 11, 2020, but shall be limited to no more than 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal, cannot knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of a person from another household, and must take reasonable steps to comply with CDC sanitation guidelines.April 30: A summary of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s “Safer at Home” Order is released and is in effect until May 15. Under the order, businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distance guidelines, while certain higher-risk businesses and activities must remain closed.
• Entertainment venues such as night clubs, theaters and bowling alleys must remain closed
• Athletic facilities and activities such as fitness centers and commercial gyms must remain closed
• Close-contact service providers such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and tattoo services must remain closed
• Restaurants, bars, and breweries are still limited to take-out, curbside, or delivery

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 30, 2020, the Supreme Court of Alabama issued an Order extending its ealier April 2, 2020 Order and March 13, 2020 Order, which suspends most in-person proceedings in all state and local courts and will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction or foreclosure proceedings.
Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey has urged residents to stay home. State Health Officer Scott Harris issued a health order that restricts gatherings of more than 10 people and requires the closure of entertainment venues, athletic facilities, close-contact service providers, and non-essential retail stores.

Economic Response

April 28: The Governor issued a Safer at Home order to re-open portions of the Alabama economy on Thursday, April 30th at 5:00 PM. The order will require strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines and will expire on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

April 7, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a job-matching site targeted at those who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19.

March 23 - State income tax filing due date extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020

March 21 - Small businesses are eligible for assistance under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

March 16 - State DOL announces state employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible to file for unemployment benefits.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Contrary to a recent media policy which prohibits recordingequipment in Alabama Public Service Commission meetings,meetings are now livestreamed. Major Alabama utilities havevoluntarily suspended service disconnections.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Alabama Public Health Coronavirus Resource Page
AL Together Alabama, a hub for information about the State's response

Legislative Actions

the Health Order
SJR 40 : Urges individuals to fist bump rather than shake hands. Enacted.
SR 49 : Urges Congress to fund additional rental assistance due to coronavirus. Adopted.
HR 107 : Urges the promotion, sharing and posting of practices to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Pending.
HB 186 : Makes supplemental appropriations; includes an appropriation of $5,000,000 from the general fund to the Department of Public Health to be used for coronavirus preparedness and response activities. Enacted.
HB 447 : Relates to Medicaid; extends the program to provide assistance to certain state residents in recognition, in part, of potential economic and health impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HB 448 : Relates to Medicaid; extends the postpartum coverage period for pregnant women eligible for Medicaid assistance in recognition, in part, of potential economic and health impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HJR 121 & HJR 122 : Urges the Governor to expand Medicaid coverage for new mothers in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
State of Emergency Announcement
AL HB 419
Health Order

News

"Yellow Hammer News" Alabama Senate Plan of Action 3/26/2020
"AL. com" Coronavirus Puts Hold on Alabama Senate until April 28
"WBHM" COVID-19 Repercussions Will Strain Next Fiscal Year’s State Budget
"Alabama Political Reporter" Weekly Legislative Session Report: Week Six
"Alabama Political Reporter" Weekly Legislative Session Report: Week Six
"CBS42" Secretary of State considering postponing runoff election amid COVID-19 outbreak
"The Annison Star" Coronavirus could impact Alabama Legislature, state budgets

Citations

(1) New York Times





Alaska

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 411

Recovered: 368

Fatalities: 10

Hospitalizations: 45

State Capitol/Session Status

Recessed on March 29 until further notice.

Elections

Entire state committed to mail-in voting (April 10, 2020) (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Stay at Home Order in effect 3/28/2020 through 4/11/2020

Non Essential Business: May 20: The Governor announced on Friday, May 22 businesses & entities across the state may fully reopen.

May 7: Governor Dunleavy issued new guidance on Phase Two of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Phase Two takes effect on May 8, 2020 at 8 AM.

May 6: Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced plans for Phase Two of Alaska’s approach to reopening up their economy. Beginning May 8, 2020, Phase Two will take effect allowing most non-essential businesses to reopen with safeguards. Under Phase Two:
• 50% capacity for retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses outlined in Phase one
• 50% capacity, or up to 20 patrons, for personal care services. Reservations only.
• 50 person capacity for fitness centers. Walk-ins permitted.
• 50% capacity for swimming pools. Walk-ins permitted.
• 25% capacity for bars, libraries, and museums. Walk in permitted.

April 22: Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued COVID-19 Health Mandate 16, the first in a series to responsibly reopen Alaska.
o Phase I of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan seeks to balance the ongoing need to maintain diligent efforts to slow and disrupt the rate of infection with the corresponding critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.
o The Health Mandate includes guidance on Non-Essential Public Facing Businesses; Retail Businesses; Restaurants Dine-In services; and Personal Care Services.
o Violation of the Health Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

April 21: The Governor unveiled Phase One of the state’s approach to reopening segments of the Alaskan economy. Beginning Friday, April 24, 2020, the following businesses and industries may reopen, following rigorous health and safety standards:
Restaurants – limited dine-in services
Retail Stores – limited in-store shopping
Personal Services Businesses (ie. barbers, nail salons, hairdressers) – limited services
Non-Essential Businesses (ie. professional business services) – limited services.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 24, 2020, the Alaska Supreme Court issued an Amended Second Updated Administrative Order, which allows that telephonic eviction hearings may be held as long as they are consistent with sec. 21, ch. 10, SLA 20 and the federal CARES Act. However, trial court judges may find good cause to stay an outstanding eviction based on the public health emergency
Expiration Date: Until further order of the Court

Governor Mike Dunleavy administration issued Health Mandate 12 which requires residents to stay at home except as necessary to meet critical personal needs or work in critical infrastructure jobs.

Economic Response

May 19: The Governor announced plans for Phase Three of the state’s approach to reopening segments of the Alaskan economy in an effort to balance the ongoing need to slow the spread of COVID-19 with the critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

April 24: Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued further guidance on the State of Alaska’s 16th COVID-19 Health Mandate, Phase I of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. COVID-19 Health Mandate 16, Attachment N, provides guidance on social distancing, intrastate travel, social gatherings, and religious gatherings as the State further reopens the Alaskan economy. Attachment N modifies Health Alert 011 and Health Mandate 012.

March 21 - Alaska businesses can now apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) low-interest federal disaster loans.

March 20 - COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan announced.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Contrary to a recent media policy which prohibits recordingequipment in Alabama Public Service Commission meetings,meetings are now livestreamed. Major Alabama utilities havevoluntarily suspended service disconnections.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

COVID-19 Resource
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Coronavirus Resource

Legislative Actions

Health Mandate 12
HCR 17 : Suspends a specific rule of the Uniform Rules of the Alaska Legislature, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
HCR 20 : Extends the governor’s declaration of public health disaster emergency, makes many other rule changes related to financing the response and the role of appointed officials. Adopted.
HB 205 : An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government and for certain programs; appropriates $2.7 million to the city of Anchorage for response to COVID-19. Contingent upon the passage of SB 241 or a similar bill, appropriates $5 million from the general fund to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for the purpose of preventing homelessness caused by COVID-19; appropriates $75 million from the budget reserve fund to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 public health disaster emergency. Enacted.
HB 206 : Appropriates $4,091,100 from the general fund to the Department of Health and Social Services, division of public health, emergency programs, for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 if the cost of responding to and mitigating the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in the state exceeds the amount appropriated through federal receipts. Enacted.
HB 234 : Appropriates a sum of $8,500,000 to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for payment to municipalities impacted by commercial passenger vessel operations for responding to and mitigating the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. Appropriates an amount not to exceed $15,000,000 from the general fund to the Department of Health and Social Services to respond and mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. Enacted.
HB 308 : Relates to unemployment benefits during a period of state or national emergency resulting from a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Enacted.
HB 310 : Tolls deadlines for action by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska during the public health emergency declaration; relates to disconnection of utility service for nonpayment; relates to regulatory assets of a utility; relates to evictions; relates to foreclosures. Pending.
HB 311 : Extends the governor’s declaration of a public health emergency. Pending.
HB 312 : Relates to tolling deadlines for actions by state agencies; relates to income determinations for purposes of determining eligibility for certain public assistance programs; relates to forbearance from action against borrowers who owe money on state loans; relates to a temporary moratorium on certain mortgage foreclosures, certain evictions from rental properties, and disconnection of residential utilities. Pending.
SCR 14 : Authorizes the House of Representatives and the Senate to recess for a period of more than three days. Adopted.
SB 241 : Extends the March 11, 2020, governor's declaration of a public health disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; relates to the powers of the director of insurance; relates to standing orders issued by the chief medical officer; relates to professional licensing; relates to telemedicine and telehealth; relates to board of nursing fingerprint requirements; relates to the 2020 primary and general elections; relates to permanent fund dividend applications. Enacted.
SB 242 : To mitigate economic harm during novel coronavirus disease outbreak, relates to tolling deadlines for actions by state agencies; income determinations for purposes of determining eligibility for certain public assistance programs; forbearance from action against borrowers who owe money on state loans; a temporary moratorium on certain mortgage foreclosures, certain evictions from rental properties, and disconnection of residential utilities. Pending.
SB 2 & HB 1001 : Creates the COVID 19 Rainy Day Fund; transfers funds to the COVID 19 Rainy Day Fund; declares an emergency. Pending.
Health Mandate 12
State of Alaska Disaster DeclarationAK SB 241

News

"KTUU" Alaska Legislature passes a budget with $1,000 PFD
"Anchorage Daily News" Alaska Legislature in ‘race to finish’ budget work before coronavirus arrives in Juneau
"Anchorage Daily News" Alaska will begin rationing Medicaid funding
"The Great State of Alaska" Governor Dunleavy Holds Coronavirus Press Briefing
"Anchorage Daily News" Bill that eases restrictions on unemployment aid amid coronavirus emergency passes Alaska House
"Anchorage Daily News" Alaska Legislature discloses contingency plans for working under coronavirus
"Anchorage Daily News" To stop coronavirus spread, Alaska legislators close state Capitol to public

Citations

(1) New York Times





Arizona

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 20,123

Recovered: 4,761

Fatalities: 917

Hospitalizations: 3,018

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID 19: Adjourned until further notice.

Adjourned until May 1st

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 29: Governor Doug Ducey amended Arizona’s stay-at-home order to extend through May 15, 2020. The amended order also permits certain nonessential retailers to resume limited business operations as of May 4, 2020 and then full in-store operations on May 8, 2020, granted they implement COVID-19-related health and safety precautions.

April 21:The Governor announced the extension of the following COVID-19 Health Mandates:
Health Mandate 10, International and Interstate Travel – extended until May 19 (evaluated weekly);
Health Mandate 11, Social Distancing – extended until rescinded; and
Health Mandate 12, Intrastate Travel – extended until rescinded.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/30/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 4: Governor Doug Ducey issued Order 2020-34 which: (i) permits barbers and cosmetologists to resume operations on May 8, 2020 granted they follow various protocols to address COVID-19, such as face coverings for employees and customers and operating by appointment only, and (ii) permits dine-in services to resume operations on May 11, 2020 granted they follow various protocols to address COVID-19, such as practicing physical distancing and limiting the number of diners.

April 29: Governor Doug Ducey amended Arizona’s stay-at-home order to extend through May 15, 2020. The amended order also permits certain nonessential retailers to resume limited business operations as of May 4, 2020 and then full in-store operations on May 8, 2020, granted they implement COVID-19-related health and safety precautions.

April 28: Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that beginning May 1, some facilities will be allowed to reopen for Arkansas residents. Beginning with State Parks opening, but rental of camp sites, cabins, lodges, and RVs will be limited to Arkansas residents.

Limited operations recommended- restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 23, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an Order extending its earlier March 17 Order, which suspends most in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and district courts and will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction or foreclosure proceedings.
Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-18 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities, functions, and businesses.

Economic Response

May 12: Governor Ducey announced that the stay at home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. This guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and CDC. This new Executive Order that takes effect on May 16, builds on Arizona’s comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, including: ramping up testing availability and frequency; implementing tracking of key health metrics such as reported symptomatic cases and emergency room usage; standing up surge hospital capacity to be used as needed; expanding statewide contact tracing; bolstering supply chains for personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers and emergency responders; implementing enhanced safety protocols to protect those living and working in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes; and providing public health guidance for businesses and individuals to ensure continued physical distancing.

April 9, 2020 – The Governor announced that residents currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona.

Unemployment benefits changes:

one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job waived

waives work search requirements

employees who work in a business temporarily closed or with reduced, in quarantine because of illness or an ill family member, are now eligible

waives increase in employer payments

State income taxes moved April 15 to July 15, 2020

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Arizona Corporations Commission opened an investigative docket to house commission correspondence, customer relief programs, service disconnection moratoria, extension of solar credits for schools, support for native american communities, and stakeholder comment regarding upcoming cases and filings. Two addditional dockets, opened in late April, investigate emergency tariff options (i.e. refunds to customers) and a process to track the financial impact of COVID-19. Commissioner Kennedy has issued various memos in the investigative docket, including several letters addressed to Arizona Public Service Co. APS has been criticized for witholding information about the impacts of COVID-19 on its employees and business.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Arizona Department of Health Services coronavirus resource

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 2020-18
SB 1028 : Revises provisions related to enhanced surveillance during a state of emergency. Includes an emerging health threat as an event the Governor may issue an enhanced surveillance advisory in response to. Pending.
SB 1051 : Relates to the Department of Health Services; appropriates $55 million from the budget stabilization fund to the public health emergencies fund to pay the expenses of public health emergency responses following a state of emergency declaration by the Governor related to COVID-19. Enacted.
SB 1687 : Provides that during the state of emergency declaration period for coronavirus disease, the Department of Economic Security shall provide an exemption from state time limits for TANF and a general waiver for work requirements under TANF; authorizes payments to providers of behavioral health services and providers to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, the elderly, and the disabled. Enacted.
HB 2910 : Provides for procedures regarding public school closures related to the coronavirus disease 2019; appropriating funds. Enacted.
SB 1694 : An emergency measure that permits the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to establish an alternative unemployment insurance (UI) benefit program for people impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Enacted.
SB 1690 : Appropriates $50 million from the general fund to a newly established Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund. The fund will provide economic assistance for housing, the homeless, small businesses, and food bank operations during the coronavirus public health emergency. Enacted.
Executive Order 2020-18

News

"Office of the Governor Doug Ducey" COVID-19: Declaration Of Emergency, Executive Order
"Arizona Mirror" Coronavirus funding, policy changes outlined in request to Ducey By Jim Small -March 11, 2020
"Tuscon Sentinel" Az Dems want special legislative session to address coronavirus
"Arizona Capital Times" Arizona lawmakers mull shutting down session to prevent coronavirus spread
"Office of the Governor Doug Ducey" Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members
"AP News" Virus spread may force Arizona Legislature to adjourn early
"AZCentral" Arizona Legislature considers stopping session as coronavirus concerns grow
"AZCentral" That's it. Arizona's legislative session is pretty much over
The Miner | Arizona House enacts remote voting plan

Citations
(1) New York Times





Arkansas

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 7,253

Recovered: 5,275

Fatalities: 133

Hospitalizations: 598

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned April 24

Reconvened April 8.

Elections

Held March 17, 2020 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 5: Governor Asa Hutchinson issued Executive Order 20-25 today, extending Arkansas’s COVID-19 public health and disaster emergency for an additional 45 days. The Order includes a new directive for out-of-state travelers, which requires all travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans, and all international locations to follow quarantine directives outlined by the Arkansas Department of Health Secretary.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 17: On Friday, Gov. Hutchinson announced May 4th as the target date for Arkansas to begin lifting restrictions.

None 3/26/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 20: The Governor announced that bars which are associated with and are located within restaurant facilities are approved to open today. Free standing bars which are not associated with restaurants should be ready to open next Tuesday, May 26th.

May 8: The Governor announced recreational pools may resume limited operations on May 22, 2020 under certain guidelines. On May 11, the state will begin the next phase of elective surgeries, which will allow procedures that require hospital stays of up to 48 hours.

May 7: The Governor announced on Twitter that the state’s three gaming casinos will open at 1:30 PM on May 18. The casinos will open at 1/3 capacity and will enforce strict social distancing.

May 4: Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that indoor venues such as theaters, arenas, stadiums, and auction houses that are designed for large groups may reopen on May 18, 2020 on a limited basis.

May 1: Arkansas Governor Isa Hutchinson announced barber shops, body art establishments, body art schools, cosmetology establishments, message therapy clinics and spas, and medical spas may resume operations on May 6, 2020, under Phase 1 guidelines. These businesses must take the following precautions, among others outlined in Governor Hutchinson’s announcement:
• Pre-screen employees and clients for COVID-19
• Prohibit walk-in appointments
• Employees must use gloves at all times
• Face masks must be worn as service permits
• Social distancing measures must be followed

April 30: At his daily news conference, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that restrictions on gyms, fitness centers, and indoor athletic facilities in Arkansas will be lifted on May 4.

April 29: Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that restaurants in Arkansas may resume limited dine-in services at 33% of their maximum occupancies on May 11, 2020 under guidelines that require daily health screenings for staff, mask and glove use, and social distancing.

April 22: Governor Hutchinson announced today that certain nonessential procedures may resume on April 27. Specifically, medical service provides can resume certain out-patient procedures. He also announced that he has established “target dates to decide” whether the state will lift restrictions on other services and businesses, but only if Arkansas continues its trend in reducing the spread of COVID-19. He intends for restaurants to re-open on April 29, gyms and indoor recreational facilities to open on April 30, beauty salons and barber shops to open on May 1, places of worship and other large venues to open on May 4.

Limited operations required – restaurants and bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 28, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an Order adding that all new eviction complaints for nonpayment of rent or other fees or charges filed under sections 18-60-304, 18-17-901, or 18-16-101, are required to affirmatively plead that the property that is the subject of the eviction dispute is not covered by the federal CARES Act.
Expiration Date: July 25, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an Order extending its earlier March 17 Order, which suspends most in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and district courts and will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction or foreclosure proceedings.

Governor Asa Hutchinson issued Executive Order 20-10 which places restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Economic Response

April 9, Governor announced residents currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon.

Unemployment benefit changes:

Waiting period waived

Work search requirement waived for 30 days

Unemployed an apply online or by phone

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission:

Creates $7 million loan program

Creates Quick Action Loan Program for small to medium-sized businesses

State would allocates $12 million in block grant money and up to $4 million from the quick-action fund for bridge loans for small to mid-size businesses and non-profits.

Restaurants temporarily allowed to sell wine and beer with food takeout or delivery.

State income tax deadline for payment and filing moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Arkansas Public Service Commission office is open, but mostemployees work remotely. In its COVID-19 docket, the commissionordered utilities to freeze service disconnections and to establish aregulatory asset for COVID-19 costs.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Arkansas Department of Health Coronavirus Resource Page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-10
HR 1001 : Provides for a temporary emergency procedure of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Second General Assembly. Adopted.
HR 1004 : Authorizes the introduction of a non-appropriation bill to amend the income tax imposed on individuals, trusts, and estates. Pending.
SB 2 & HB 1001 : Creates a "COVID-19" Rainy Day Fund. Immediately transfers $173,610,632 from the General Allotment Reserve Fund to the COVID-19 Rainy Day Fund to provide for appropriations to offset revenue reductions and address needs created by the coronavirus. Enacted.
SR 5 & HR 1005 : Authorizes the introduction of a non-appropriation bill to prohibit elective procedures during the Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as coronavirus, public health emergency. Pending.
Executive Order 20-10
Arkansas State Legislature

Citations
(1) New York Times





California

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 113,006

Fatalities: 4,251

State Capitol/Session Status

Suspended until May 4.

Elections

The Governor issued an executive order to address upcoming local elections requiring all mail-in ballot elections.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 23: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on in-person church services, issuing a ruling in a lawsuit over whether the ban violated First Amendment rights.


May 7: Governor Newsom released updated industry guidance today, including for retail, manufacturing, and logistics, to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safe environment for workers and customers.
• The “Resilience Roadmap” stages that California is using to guide its graduate reopening process are:
o Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
o Stage 2: Lower-Risk Workplaces
o Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces
o Stage 4: End of Stay at Home Order
• California will move into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s stay at home order on May 8, 2020.


May 4: Governor Gavin Newsom announced that based on California’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators, the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying its stay-at-home order on May 8, 2020, with guidelines released on May 7, 2020. Newsom also released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories, such as stabilized hospitalizations, ICU numbers, and acquiring PPE. Some examples of businesses that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores. Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The announcement for Friday does not include offices, seated dining at restaurants, shopping malls or schools. As the Governor noted last week, the state is working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen. That continues to be the case – this May 8 announcement does not move up this timeline. Some examples of businesses that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores.

April 22: Governor Newsom announced plans to permit hospitals and health care systems to resume delayed medical care, such as heart valve replacements, tumor removals, and other key preventive services. Additionally, California will work with Washington and Oregon to share best practices on how the Western Pact states can allow these providers to resume delayed medical care while ensuring safety. There are six indicators that will drive California’s decision to modify portions of the stay-at-home order:
o Expanding testing and contact tracing to be able to identify and isolate those with the virus;
o Preventing infection in people who are most at risk;
o Being able to handle surges in hospitals and the health care delivery system;
o Developing therapeutics to meet demand;
o Ensuring businesses, schools and child care facilities can support physical distancing; and
o Determining when to reinstate certain measures like the stay-at-home order if need be.

April 14: The Governor outlined six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the stay-at-home order and other interventions. California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
•The ability to monitor and protect communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
•The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
•The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
•The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
•The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
•The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

-April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/19/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 25: The Governor announced counties can now begin re-opening houses of worship and in-store shopping for retail.

May 12: Governor Newsom announces that restaurants can begin reopening for dine-in customers and malls can open for pickup as long as they abide by restrictions and guidelines set forth by the state. All businesses must perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. Employees must be trained on how to limit the spread of COVID-10 including how to screen themselves. Offices may also reopen if its not possible for employees to work remotely. Other businesses that are eligible to reopen include outdoor museums and manufacturing industries that support retail. Counties are required to meet 14 criteria before they can open their doors again.

In-person workforce prohibited at all non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: April 28: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that their states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.

On April 23, 2020, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an Order extending its earlier March 17 Order, which suspends most in-person proceedings in all appellate, circuit, and district courts and will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction or foreclosure proceedings.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 which requires Californians to stay at home except “as needed to maintain the continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”

Economic Response

April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

The Governor announced California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act.

Financial relief package:

Mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days

Late payments will not be reporting to credit reporting agencies

No foreclosure sales or evictions for at least 60 days

Financial institutions will waive or refund select fees and charges for at least 90 days

Employers may request up to a 60-day extension to file and/or deposit their state payroll reports and/or payroll taxes without penalty or interest

The California Infrastructure and Development Bank (IBank):

- Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program: Provides loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers

- Jump Start Loan Program for low-wealth entrepreneurs

Restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts eased

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

California coronavirus resource page.
CBS Sacramento

Legislative Actions

Executive Order N-33-20
SB 89 : Appropriates $500 million from the General Fund for purposes related to the COVID-19 Proclamation of Emergency. Allows the appropriation to be increased in $50 million increments up to a total to not exceed $1 Billion. Enacted.
SB 117 : Appropriates $100 million for local education agencies to purchase protective equipment and supplies and labor related to cleaning school sites. Enacted.
AB 828 : Provides a temporary moratorium on foreclosures and unlawful detainer actions during the COVID-19 emergency and until 15 days after the state of emergency has ended. Pending.
SB 939 : Makes it unlawful to evict the tenant of a commercial property during the COVID-19 Emergency. Pending.
SB 943 : Authorizes wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a minor child whose school has been closed due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Pending.
SB 1088 : Would require a city, county, or continuum of care to use at least 12% of specified homelessness prevention or support moneys for services for domestic violence survivors experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Addresses increase in domestic violence incidents as a result of the states shelter-in-place order. Pending.
SB 1276 : Eliminates the requirement for local domestic violence centers to provide cash or in-kind matches for funds they receive from non-state sources, in response to funds received from federal, COVID-19 stimulus. Pending.
SB 1322 : Authorizes a notary public to apply for registration with the Secretary of State to be a remote online notary public, while promoting physical distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, so long as there is a declaration of a state emergency by the Governor related to the COVID-19 virus. Pending.
AB 3216 : Requires certain workforce protections related to family and medical leave due to the coronavirus. Pending.
SB 1435 : Requires the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, in cooperation with the Office of Planning and Research, to track specified information regarding California opportunity zone investments and to post some of that information on the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development's internet website, in recognition of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the importance of keeping people housed to curb the spread of diseases, and to anticipate the need for affordable housing following major job losses during the COVID-19 emergency. Pending.
Executive Order N-33-20

Citations

(1) New York Times





Colorado

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 26,364

Recovered: 3,919

Fatalities: 1,445

Hospitalizations: 4,105

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned until May 18.

Elections

CO HB 1359: Modifies party candidate designation requirements to accommodate public health concerns. Enacted

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 8: The Governor issued an executive order extending the Disaster Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. The order also extends the employment of the Colorado National Guard to support and provide planning resources to state and local authorities.
Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 28: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that their states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.

April 27: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment enacted a public health order implementing safer-at-home. Per this order, some businesses can open with abundant precautions; people 65 and older and those at higher risk must continue to stay home; and the general public is strongly advised to stay at home and only leave for specific tasks.

April 20: The Governor announced that starting April 27, the state will move onto the “Safer at Home” phase. During this phase, Coloradans will no longer be ordered to stay home but are still strongly encouraged to do so. Link:

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/26/2020 through 4/11/2020

Non Essential Business: May 25: Governor Jared Polis today issued an updated Safer at Home Order, and announced changes to restaurants, summer camps and private camping.
• Restaurants: Beginning on May 27, restaurants will be able to open for in-person dining at 50% capacity of the indoor posted occupancy code limit, but they can not exceed 50 people, whichever is less. They are also encouraged to provide as much outdoor services as possible. Bars will remain closed. Establishments that do not serve food will be evaluated in June.
• Summer Camps: Children’s day camps and youth sports camps will open on Monday, June 1, 2020. Residential overnight camps will be closed in June. Decisions for July and August overnight camps will be made in mid-June. Children’s residential camps that choose to operate as day camps must work with the Colorado Department of Human Services and their local public health agency (LPHA) for approval. Day camps, including mobile, youth sports camps, and outdoor camps, must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as specified in the guidance.
• Private Campgrounds: Effective May 25, 2020 private campsites are open. If a host county would like to keep campsites closed, county commissioners should consult with their local public health agency, and then notify the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and CDPHE in writing. Campgrounds in the State Park system are already open.

May 11: Governor Jared Polis today provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and a timeline for decision-making during the Safer at Home phase. Gov. Polis gave dates “for when decisions would be possibly made around whether or not Colorado can begin to reopen other industries or loosen restrictions.” These dates include:
•May 25 - the state will decide whether ski resorts can be open for Spring skiing. Resorts will only open if the host county wants them open.
•May 25 - the state will decide if restaurants can begin reopening and at what level.
•May 25 - the state will decide if summer residential and day camps can open in June, and if so, under what conditions.
•After June 1 - the state will decide if the Safer at Home order can be further modified to phase in other things like summer activities and public spaces like libraries. The Governor will make these decisions on a rolling basis, based on the latest data and evidence.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 30, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020-051, which prohibits individuals from filing or initiating eviction actions and further prohibits writs of possession, the execution of writs of restitution and possession judgment, and late fee penalties for breaches of the terms of leases or rental agreements. Executive Order D 2020-51 otherwise extends Executive Orders D 2020-012 and D 2020-031.
Expiration Date: May 30, 2020

Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 017 which requires Coloradoans to stay at home except for critical activities.

Economic Response

Secured Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loanof $2 Million for small businesses

State Department of Labor and Employment to expedite unemployment insurance claim payments

Income tax payment deadline moved to July 15, 2020

Governor's Economic Stabilization and Growth Council created

The executive order also extends deadlines for state severance taxes from April 15 until May 15, 2020.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has closed its offices andrequires electronic filing of documents. An executive order fromGovernor Polis suspended service disconnections and late feesduring COVID-19.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Colorado Department for Public Health & Environment coronavirus resource page.

Citations
(1) New York Times

Legislative Actions

Executive Order D 2020 017
HJR 1006 : Concerns a request to the Supreme Court of the state of Colorado to render its opinion upon a question regarding the length of legislative session outlined in the state Constitution. Adopted.





Connecticut

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 42,201

Recovered: 7,127

Fatalities: 3,944

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Adjourned sine die April 21.

Elections

Presidential primary postponed from April 28. New date June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/23/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 18: Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7PP, which:
o Repeals several previously enacted executive orders to allow for the safe reopening of certain sectors of the economy on May 20, including for the reopening of outdoor dining, offices, retail and malls, museums and zoos, and outdoor recreation businesses;
o Modifies certain statutes and regulations to permit the enforcement of sector rules as certain businesses reopen on May 20, including for local and district health directors and municipal chief executive officers;
o Extends the prohibition of large gatherings in Executive Order Nos. 7D and 7N through June 20, 2020;
o Extends restrictions on off-track betting, indoor fitness, and movie theaters to June 20;
o Allows for the sale of mixed drinks for takeout and delivery by various liquor permittees under certain conditions;
o Prohibits summer school programs from beginning prior to July 6, 2020, unless earlier extended, modified, or terminated by the governor. The commissioner of the Department of Education is required to issue guidance on the limited operation of summer school programs that are permitted to engage in-person classes after that date; and
o Permits the commissioner of the Department of Education to temporarily waive, modify, or suspend any regulatory requirements as he deems necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health.

May 18: Gov. Lamont announced that he and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo would align their policies to reopen hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.

May 15: Gov. Lamont announced that Connecticut state parks that feature beaches along the state’s shoreline will be open Friday, May 22, though with capacity limitations. Visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines. Earlier today, Gov. Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced a multi-state agreement to open beaches in their respective states effective May 22. Connecticut’s shoreline state park beaches were never closed, and have remained open with capacity restrictions, which will remain in place.

May 12: The Governor issued an executive order taking the following actions:
Allowing municipalities to expedite changes to their zoning rules or other ordinances to expand outdoor dining;
Creating an expedited approval process for restaurants and other establishments that serve food to get fast-tracked permission to create or expand outdoor dining areas;
Allowing other businesses such as retail stores to get fast-tracked permission to sell goods on the sidewalk or in other outdoor areas, including shared spaces or spaces provided by municipalities;
Allowing restaurants and other businesses who already have liquor permits to serve alcohol only with food without applying for a separate patio or extension of use permit; and
Allowing private clubs to sell alcohol only to their members for delivery or pickup.

May 9: Governor Ned Lamont released rules for businesses permitted to open under the first phase of Connecticut’s reopening plan on May 20, 2020, which includes restaurants, offices, hair salons and barbershops, retail stores, and outdoor museums and zoos.

April 30: Gov. Lamont presented an approach his administration is considering to reopen Connecticut’s economy in phases beginning May 20, 2020. Criteria includes decrease in hospitalizations, testing capacity, availability of PPE, sufficient contact tracing capabilities, and more.

April 23: Gov. Ned Lamont announced the members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group:
o Governor Lamont’s Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Jr.;
o Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney;
o Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff;
o Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano;
o Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz;
o House Majority Leader Matt Ritter;
o House Minority Leader Themis Klarides.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 3: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

On April 23, 2020, the Connecticut Judicial Branch also issued an Order that all foreclosure sales scheduled for June and through July 18, 2020 would be set for July 25, 2020
Expiration Date: July 25, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Connecticut Judicial Branch issued an Order, which stays all issued executions on evictions and ejectments.

Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order 7H and 7N which requires all non-essential businesses statewide to close and restricts social and recreational gatherings to five people.

Economic Response

April 19: Governor Lamont, along with the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

-Connecticut small businesses and nonprofit organizations are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. SBA

The Governor announced minority and women-owned businesses with 20 or fewer employees can now apply for a zero-interest line of credit up to $20,000 to help them navigate the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources





Delaware

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 9,605

Recovered: 5,266

Fatalities: 368

State Capitol/Session Status

Postponed until further notice.

Elections

Presidential primary rescheduled for June 2. All municipalities directed to reschedule all local elections hled before May 15. Expands allowable excuses for absentee voting to quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 22: Governor Carney issued the nineteenth modification of Delaware’s state of emergency declaration, which includes interim business tips, modifications to employee travel restrictions, and phase 1 business reopening updates.

May 8: Gov. John Carney extended Delaware’s State of Emergency, including the stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020. Gov. Carney also announced June 1 as the target date for Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 26: Delaware Governor John Carney numerous announcements today:
• the ban on short-term rental units and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers will be lifted on June 1, 2020.
• outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people—including weddings and outdoor graduation ceremonies— will be permitted in the state beginning June 1, 2020. However, cloth face coverings must still be worn in accordance with Governor Carney’s State of Emergency Declaration, and individuals must maintain social distance of least six feet from anyone outside their household. Further, organizers of planned outdoor large gatherings and events may apply to host a large gathering or event by submitting a plan to the Delaware Division of Small business at least seven days prior to the event. Delaware’s guidance for outdoor graduations will be released later this week, likely tomorrow, May 27, 2020.
• Governor Carney will lift Delaware’s Stay-at-Home order effective June 1, 2020.
• The state of Delaware will release guidance later this week on summer school programs and summer camps.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/24/2020 until 5/15/2020

Non Essential Business: May 19: Governor John Carney announced additional steps allowing retail establishments and restaurants to expand operations while maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under the new steps, all retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, subject to restrictions. Also, restaurants, bars, taprooms, and craft breweries may apply to expand outdoor seating capacity to safely serve additional customers when the businesses reopen next month. Applications to expand outdoor seating capacity will be available on Friday, May 22, and expansions would be authorized to begin on June 1. Plans for adding outdoor capacity must consider local traffic patterns and noise ordinances, boundaries must be clearly defined to prevent beverages from being carried offsite, and applicants that hold liquor licenses must have their plans reviewed by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to receiving approval.

May 15: Governor John Carney on Friday released guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses. Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening will begin on June 1.

May 14: Governor Carney announced today that Delaware will lift restrictions on beaches and community pools at 5PM Friday, May 22, subject to strict social distancing requirements. Ice cream shops and trucks will reopen with restrictions effective 5PM this Friday, May 15.

May 7: Governor Carney issues Fifteenth Modification allowing some businesses to provide curbside pickup, and with other details including related to voting in the presidential primary. The following Non-Essential Businesses may transact business via curbside pickup:
1. Department stores, clothing stores, and shoe stores;
2. Craft or hobby retailers;
3. Book and periodical retailers;
4. Office supply, stationery, and gift stores;
5. Tobacco and vape shops;
6. Used merchandise retailers;
7. Consumer goods rentals;
8. Electronics retailers;
9. Video, video game, or computer game rental or similar retail;
10. Other general merchandise retailers.

May 5: Governor John Carney today announced a series of interim steps allowing small businesses to resume limited operations effective 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8. Small business retailers will be allowed to do business using curbside pickup as long as social distancing can be maintained. Gov. Carney also announced today a plan to test all residents and staff of Delaware long-term care facilities for COVID-19.
In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 3: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

On April 23, 2020, the Justice of the Peace Court issued Standing Order No. 3, which requires that all landlord/tenant eviction proceedings scheduled for in-court appearance be rescheduled.
Expiration Date: No earlier than June 1, 2020

Governor John Carney issued a State of Emergency Declaration that closed non-essential businesses with Modification 4 and issued a shelter in place of residence order in Modification 5. Modification 9 restricted public gatherings to no more than 10 people.On April 23, 2020, the Justice of the Peace Court issued Standing Order No. 3, which requires that all landlord/tenant eviction proceedings scheduled for in-court appearance be rescheduled.

Economic Response

May 15: Governor John Carney on Friday released guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses. Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening will begin on June 1.

April 19: Governor Lamont, along with the governors of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

March 18, 2020 – Hospitality Emergency Loan Program announced to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses.

March 18, 2020 – Changes to made to unemployment benefits for the hospitality industry:

Unemployment benefits are to be processed as they are received

Part-time income while collecting benefits now allowed as long as there is demonstrated hardship

Tipped employees no longer classified as minimum wage earners as long as their tips are reported

March 18, 2020 – Bars and restaurants allowed to sell alcohol with takeout or delivery

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Delaware Public Service Commission is holding public meetings via teleconference in compliance with Governor orders. Utility assessments and fees are delayed, and major utilities have suspended service disconnections. On May 5, the PSC approved a modification to Pepco's rate design for commercial classes, which is anticipated to save customers money. On May 13, the PSC approved the establishment of a regulatory asset for COVID costs.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Florida

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 56,830

Fatalities: 2,460

Hospitalizations: 10,231

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned sine die

Elections

Held March 17, 2020 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 8: Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order yesterday extending Florida’s state of emergency for 60 more days.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 22: Executive Order re: Expanding Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.

April 30: Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-111, which extends the state's stay at home order until May 4, 2020.

April 27: On Wednesday, April 29, Miami-Dade County will re-open municipal parks, golf courses, marinas, and boat ramps. Broward County issued a similar statement. The City of Miami, however, will remain closed. (Miami Herald). Governor DeSantis has not yet issued plans to reopen Florida, however.

Stay at Home Order in effect 4/3/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 14: Governor issues Executive Order re: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery.

May 9: Governor DeSantis issues Executive Order expanding Phase 1 of "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery" to hair salons and additional guidance for Palm Beach County.

May 1: Governor DeSantis announced that Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails and some day use areas, including some beach access with limited facilities starting on Monday, May 4.

April 27: On Wednesday, April 29, Miami-Dade County will re-open municipal parks, golf courses, marinas, and boat ramps. Broward County issued a similar statement. The City of Miami, however, will remain closed. (Miami Herald). Governor DeSantis has not yet issued plans to reopen Florida, however.

April 21: The Governor announced the members of the Re-Open Task Force Industry Working Group on Tourism, Construction, Real Estate, Recreation, Retail and Transportation.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On May 14, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-121 to extend Executive Order No. 20-94, which suspends all causes of action both for residential tenant evictions, if related to nonpayment due to COVID-19, and single-family mortgage foreclosures


On May 4, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court issued an Amendment to Administrative Order No. AOSC20-23, which continues the suspension of all issuances of writs of possession that was first ordered in AOSC20-17.
Expiration Date: May 29, 2020

April 30: Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-112, outlining the Governor’s plan for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Governor Ron Desantis issued Executive Order 20-91 which requires residents to stay at home except to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

Economic Response

May 14: Governor issues Executive Order re: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery.


Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program activated to provide interest-free loans to impacted businesses

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

Florida Department of Health coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-91
SR 1934 : Declares the Florida State University Seminoles basketball team, by virtue of tremendous skill on the court and the heart and spirit shown by the players and coaches this basketball season, the 2020 NCAA basketball champions by default upon cancellation of the NCAA tournament due to concerns raised by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Adopted.
HB 5001 : Relates to General Appropriations Act; appropriates $27,296,000 from the Federal Grants Trust Fund to the Department of Health to spend federal dollars approved in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020; appropriates $25,150,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of health to address the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible for Governor.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Georgia

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 47,628

Fatalities: 2,074

Hospitalizations: 7,436

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned until a future date.

Elections

March 24 presidential primary postponed until June 9 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared
April 8: Governor Kemp has extended the state's public health emergency through May 13, 2020.

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 28: Gov. Kemp also issued Executive Order 05.28.20.02 which extends specific safety precautions, outline guidance for overnight summer camps and summer school, and outline important rules for reopening shuttered businesses.
o The shelter in place order for Georgians who are sixty-five and older or medically fragile will continue through June 12, 2020 with exceptions for necessary activities, including work, medical appointments, grocery shopping, home health services, and related categories.
o Starting June 1, professional sports teams and organizations which engage in practices or other in-person operations must operate by the rules or guidelines of their respective sports league. In addition, all amateur sports that continue in-person operation must follow the guidelines for non-critical infrastructure organizations.

May 12: The Governor signed an executive order requiring bars, nightclubs and live performance venues to remain shuttered through the end of May and relaxed capacity limits on restaurants that resume dine-in service, increasing the maximum table size from six patrons to 10. The order also doubled the number of children allowed in a single classroom at a child care facility from 10 to 20. Finally, the executive order allowed summer camps to resume to resume if they follow 32 regulations.

April 30: Governor Brian Kemp has announced that he will lift the state's shelter-in-place order for most residents on Thursday, April 30, at 11:59 pm, though it will remain in place for the elderly and “medically fragile” through June 12.

April 20: Gov. Brian Kemp outlined plans to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week. The governor’s order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, salons and some other indoor facilities closed under his shelter in place order to resume operations by Friday, April 24, if they comply with social distancing requirements and meet other safety standards.

Stay at Home Order in effect 4/3/2020 through 4/13/2020

Non Essential Business: May 12: The Governor signed an executive order requiring bars, nightclubs and live performance venues to remain shuttered through the end of May and relaxed capacity limits on restaurants that resume dine-in service, increasing the maximum table size from six patrons to 10. The order also doubled the number of children allowed in a single classroom at a child care facility from 10 to 20. Finally, the executive order allowed summer camps to resume to resume if they follow 32 regulations.

April 27: Governor Kemp, in a COVID-19 press conference update, stated that starting today, theaters, restaurants, dining rooms, and private social clubs are allowed to resume dine-in services if they meet certain mandatory criteria to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, and live performance venues will remain closed. (Press Release). Georgia’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect through April 30, 2020. He also issued an order today providing guidance for food service establishments, bowling alleys, and theaters.

April 23: Governor Kemp issues a 26-page Executive order providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. This order covers restaurant re-openings, salons, gyms, tattoo parlors, movie theaters, and other businesses.

April 20: Gov. Brian Kemp outlined plans to allow some businesses shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic to reopen by the end of the week. The governor’s order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, salons and some other indoor facilities closed under his shelter in place order to resume operations by Friday, April 24, if they comply with social distancing requirements and meet other safety standards.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On May 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an Order extending its earlier April 6 Order and March 14, 2020 Order, which suspends all but emergency hearings but urges courts to develop plans for building back non-critical operations and will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction proceedings.
Expiration Date: June 12, 2020

Governor Brian Kemp issued Executive Order 03.23.20.01 which closes businesses that have 10 or more people at a work site within six feet of each other. The order also closes all bars. Finally, the order requires those who have serious underlying health conditions to shelter in their place of residence. On April 4th, Governor Kemp issued an executive order requiring residences to shelter in place.

Economic Response

Request U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to the State of Georgia pending.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order suspending short term rental homes.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Georgia Public Service Commission employees are working remotely and meetings are livestreamed. The PSC has directed Geogia Power to defer COVID costs and expedite refunds to customers from a 2019 sharing mechanism. Major Georgian utilities, and some cities, have voluntarily suspended service disconnections.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Georgia Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 03.23.20.01
Executive Order 04.02.20.01
SR 5 : Concurs with Governor Brian P. Kemp's Executive Order declaring a public health state of emergency. Adopted.
HB 792 : Transfers $100 million from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Hawaii

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 643

Recovered: 606

Fatalities: 17

Hospitalizations: 84

State Capitol/Session Status

Suspended indefinitely.

Elections

Entire state committed to mail-in vote May 22 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: April 25: Gov. David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 25: Gov. David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.

April 17: The Governor signed a fifth emergency supplementary proclamation which includes the following items: (1) enhanced social distancing requirements; (2) eviction moratorium; and (3) the extension of the disaster emergency relief period to April 30, 2020.

Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 27: Governor Ige approved Mayor Caldwell’s proposal to safely re-open more businesses and operations on O’ahu, under guidelines that will ensure the safety of employees and customers. Friday operations at “personal service providers” will resume, including: barbers, hairdressers, nail technicians, tattoo artists, and other beauty operators.
• This proposal also includes the re-opening of outdoor attractions with limitations starting Thursday, including: sea life attractions, water parks, pools, campgrounds, People’s Open Markets, Shooting and Archery Ranges, and similar outdoor facilities.
• Further, June 5, businesses and commercial businesses in addition to restaurants, indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of households) may resume operations with modifications and on June 19 indoor operations such as movie theaters, museums, and fitness centers can resume operations.

May 19: The Governor approved the reopening of county beach parks island wide in the County of Hawaii with social distancing restrictions.

May 18: Gov. David Ige signed the Eighth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation, which extends the 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving to the state, or travelers between islands. The Proclamation also extends the moratorium on evictions until June 30, and announced that the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June.

May 5: The Governor announced that he is ready to issue a new emergency order that would allow for “low-contact retail” to resume operations while maintain social distancing guidelines.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 5: Governor Ige issues seventh supplementary proclamation related to the Covid-19 emergency, amending and restating all prior executive orders and proclamations through May 31.

On April 25, 2020, Governor Ige issued the Sixth Supplementary Proclamation, which suspends residential evictions for certain causes, including by a tenant's failure to pay rent.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Governor David Ige issued Third Supplementary Proclamation which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations.

Economic Response

April 29: Governor David Ige stated that state and county leaders are looking at easing restrictions and reopening the local economy. He reiterated his earlier pledge that this will happen in phases, based on health data, science and guidance from healthcare advisors. The governor and county mayors are looking at ways to scale back mandates in a cautious, safe and coordinated manner.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor appointed Alan M. Oshima to lead Hawaii’s efforts to develop and implement a plan for economic and community stabilization, recovery and resiliency.

Small businesses may file for low-interest working capital loans from SBA

Deadlines for applying for unemployment benefits waived. Administrators are ordered to use the broadest interpretation of unemployment to cover claimants.

Additional staff allocated for processing.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has mandated that all docket filings be submitted electronically, and expressed its continued support for clean energy goals. Major utilities have suspended service disconnections and requested regulatory authority to defer COVID-19 costs. On May 4, the Hawaii PUC approved an emergency request for a major shipping company to reduce its schedules for 30 days. Additionally on May 4, the commisison mandated a service disconnection moratorium during the Emergency Proclamation.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Resources

Hawaii Department of Health coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

the Third Supplementary Proclamation
HR 54 : Establishes the select house committee on COVID-19 economic and financial preparedness. Adopted.
HR 64 : Urges all commercial airlines operating in Hawaii to thoroughly clean and disinfect their aircraft between flights to prevent the spread of illnesses and diseases, including COVID-19. Pending.
HCR 127 : Urges the President of the United States, United States Congress, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fully support Hawaii in the screening, prevention and containment of Covid-19. Pending.
SR 146 : Urges the Governor to create a color-coded advisory system to address the rapidly changing threat of COVID-19. Adopted.
SCR 152 : Urges state and private health care networks to allow sick employees to take time off without fear of retaliation or retribution in light of COVID-19. Pending.
SR 166 : Requests all executive branch departments and agencies to inform the Hawaii Senate and House of Representatives when implementing their plans and procedures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adopted.
HR 171 : Strongly urging the Governor of the state of Hawaii to take additional precautions to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in Hawaii. Pending.
SCR 242 : Relates to the recess of the thirtieth Legislature, regular session of 2020. Adopted.
SB 75 : Appropriates a sum of $10.5 million out of the general revenues for fiscal year 2019 to the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Defense for the public health response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, outbreak. Authorizes the governor to approve transfer of these appropriated funds between agencies of the state, as necessary. Pending.
HB 1629 : Makes appropriations from the general revenues of the State to support the Department of Health and the Department of Defense activities to detect, contain, mitigate, and respond to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Pending.
HB 2459 : Requires the department of health to conduct a study relating to the development and disbursement of vaccinations for modern disease outbreaks and procedures associated with medically authorized exemptions from mandatory vaccinations. Allows the department of health to partner with federal partners or universities to conduct relevant research for this study. Requires a report to the legislature. Pending.
HR 57 & HCR 74 : Requests the Department of Health to prioritize the containment and control of COVID-19 to those with a high probability of contracting and dying from the virus, such as the residents of care homes, nursing homes, and adult foster homes, their caregivers, and people with known comorbid medical conditions. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Idaho

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 2,839

Recovered: 2,248

Fatalities: 82

Hospitalizations: 225

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned sine die

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: -April 15: Governor Brad Little extends the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly “non-essential” businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state. Formerly “non-essential” facilities and services under the order may offer curbside and delivery services between now and April 30. In addition, Governor Little’s amended order requires out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine in Idaho for 14 days after entering. Those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state are excluded.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/15/2020

Non Essential Business: May 28: Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho has met the criteria to advance to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly reopen Idaho’s economy. (Press Release)
• Beginning Saturday (Stage 3):
o Bars can open their doors, as long as protocols to protect workers and the public are followed. Governor Little moved up the opening of bars two weeks early, from Stage 4 to Stage 3.
o After consultation with movie theatre operators and public health officials, the opening of movie theatres will occur in Stage 3 on Saturday instead of Stage 4, as long as protocols are followed.
o Gatherings of up to 50 people can occur, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed.
o Only out-of-state travelers from areas of high spread should quarantine for 14 days after entering Idaho. This step will help our vital tourism and hospitality industry while keeping citizens safe.
o Over the duration of Stage 3, vulnerable Idahoans should be diligent to minimize exposure to transmissible moments.
o Employees should continue to telework whenever possible, and employers should continue to return employees to on-site work in phases. Employees who are considered vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. Special accommodations for these employees should be made in the workplace if they are unable to work from home.
o Non-essential travel can resume to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission.
o All open businesses continue to follow protocol for opening.
o Visits to senior living facilities and congregate facilities are still prohibited in order to protect workers and individuals in those facilities.
o Large venues and sporting events remain closed until Stage 4.

May 18: Idaho issued protocols for the reopening of bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, outdoor pools, splashpads, and waterparks to its Idaho Rebounds Plan.

May 14: Governor Little announced that small businesses have a new resource to access masks, gloves, and sanitizer as the state enters Stage 2 of the Four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan. Idaho small businesses can obtain a 30-day supply of PPE for their employees and patrons.
• In Stage 2, starting Saturday:
o Restaurants can open for dine-in as long as protocols are followed;
o Indoor gyms, recreation facilities, hair salons and other close contact services can open as long as protocols are followed;
o Bars should begin making plans to open in Stage 3.
o Just like in Stage 1, there is no requirement for people to self-isolate. But vulnerable individuals are strongly urged to continue to self-isolate if they can.
o Only out-of-state travelers from hot spots are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering the state;
o Employees should return to work in phases and continue to telework whenever possible;
o All should all minimize non-essential travel;
o Gatherings, both public and private, of less than 10 people can occur where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed;
o Social distancing and sanitation protocols should be followed, including washing hands and cleaning surfaces regularly and wearing a face covering in public;
o Large venues such as large sporting events and movie theatres remain closed until later stages.

May 7: The Governor made protocols available for indoor gym and recreational facilities managers to implement in order to open in stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan.

May 5: Governor Brad Little announced on Twitter that general and business-specific protocols for opening are available, and that additional business-specific protocols will be added. Available now are protocols for General Business, Daycare, Youth Activities, Places of Worship, Restaurants, and Close Contact Services.

May 1: Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a “Stay Healthy Order” allowing businesses and governmental agencies to resume operations at physical locations except those businesses identified in the order. Those business that may not open are:
• Bars and nightclubs
• Restaurant dining rooms (takeout and delivery are allowed)
• Indoor gyms and recreation facilities
• Hair salons, nail salons, and massage parlors
• Move theaters, concert venues, and sporting events

On April 21, 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an Order, which extends its earlier March 26, 2020 Order suspending all but emergency hearings and will likely continue to delay any commercial or residential eviction proceedings.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc:
On May 1, 2020, the Supreme Court of Idaho issued an Amended Order, which requires for all eviction actions that the petitioner file a "Statement of Landlord Regarding CARES Act Eviction Moratorium." The Court requires this for all newly filed evictions and further requires that the landlord file the above form prior to the holding of a hearing in all currently pending eviction actions.
Expiration Date: July 25, 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an Order, which extends its earlier March 26, 2020 Order suspending all but emergency hearings and will likely continue to delay any commercial or residential eviction proceedings.
Expiration Date: May 1, 2020
Governor Brad Little issued an Extreme Emergency Declaration which require residents to stay at home unless except to obtain or provide essential services.

Economic Response

April 23: The Governor announced a new plan to reopen Idaho’s economy. The plan will occur in four stages and individuals can track the progress in reopening by visiting the website, rebound.idaho.gov, set up by the governor’s team.

SBA now offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses April 8, 2020 – The Governor signed an executive order forming a new Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to oversee the approximately $1.25 billion in federal funds that Idaho will receive to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission established a docket toaddress COVID-19 responses, including new virtual meetings, waiverof in-person filing requirements, and e-mail delivery of commissionorders. Major utilities have frozen service disconnections.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Idaho coronavirus resource page.
Idaho Coronavirus Resource Page

Legislative Actions

the Extreme Emergency Declaration
HB 529 : Provides civil immunity for architects, engineers, and contractors during disasters in response to a declared national, state or local emergency, disaster or catastrophic event. Enacted.
SB 1398 : Makes an appropriation to the Catastrophic Health Care Program for the upcoming fiscal year. Enacted.
SB 1428 : Makes an appropriation to the Division of Human Resources for the current fiscal year; provides for advanced sick leave and paid administrative leave; declares an emergency. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Illinois

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 121,234

Fatalities: 5,412

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: House adjourned until further notice. Senate adjourned until April 28.

Elections

Held March 17, 2020 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 23: Illinois' stay-at-home order will now be in effect through May 30, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced. Among those is a new requirement that residents cover their faces in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. Pritzker also lifted some restrictions on the order, opening up state parks, new essential businesses and changing restrictions for non-essential retail beginning in May.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/21/2020 through 5/1/2020

Non Essential Business: May 28: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Chicago will begin reopening on Wednesday, June 3.
o Child care centers, libraries, hotels, hair salons and barber shops, dentist offices and other health care centers and non-essential retail businesses will be among those allowed to open as long as safety guidelines are followed.
o People will be able to visit restaurants and coffee shops but for outdoor dining only and gyms will reopen with restrictions.

May 24: Governor JB Pritzker released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe re-opening of businesses as Illinois progresses into the next phase of its reopening plan. All four regions of the state are on track to advance to the third phase of the plan in the coming days, allowing thousands of residents to return to work, and the reopening of businesses in the following industries: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining. The third phase also permits the following: small group gatherings of 10 or fewer; participation in select sports and outdoor activities, including tennis, boating, and camping; and other activities where safe social distancing can be practiced. Residents must continue to follow public health guidelines around social distancing, sanitization, and face coverings.

May 20: Governor JB Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the state's Restore Illinois plan, which allows more activity. Bars and restaurants will now be permitted to open for outdoor seating and all state parks will open. In the coming days, the state and IDPH will be issuing formal industry-specific guidance, particularly around workplaces and childcare, for business owners and employees in these and other sectors.

May 18: The Governor filed an emergency rule making it a class A misdemeanor for owners of restaurants, bars and other establishments in Illinois to open too soon. Link:

April 23: Illinois' stay-at-home order will now be in effect through May 30, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced. Among those is a new requirement that residents cover their faces in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. Pritzker also lifted some restrictions on the order, opening up state parks, new essential businesses and changing restrictions for non-essential retail beginning in May.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 23, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-30, which prohibits a person or entity from commencing a residential eviction and further prohibits state, county, and local law enforcement officers from enforcing orders of evictions for most non-residential tenants.

Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 8 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities, government functions, businesses, and operations. On March 31, Governor Pritzker extended the stay at home order until May 1st.

Economic Response

May 5: Governor JB Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan focused on saving lives, livelihood, and safely reopening Illinois.

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies.  The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

March 10 - Emergency rules filed to allow those who are unemployed because of contracting COVID-19 to file for unemployment for unemployment benefits

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Illinois Commerce Commission office continues to operate during COVID-19, and has issued seveal emergency orders to implement operational changes. The ICC also opened three dockets and one Notice of Inquiry to enact a mandatory service disconnection moratorium, suspend in-person marketing activities, implement new reporting requirements, and investigate energy affordability.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Illinois Department of Public Health coronavirus resource page.
Illinois state coronavirus response page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 8
The Extension
HB 5607 : Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code. Requires the Department of Public Health to conduct a study, subject to appropriations, of the state's disease response preparedness, in particular studying the state's preparedness against the coronavirus. At the request of the Department, requires other state agencies, in particular the Emergency Management Agency, to support the Department's efforts. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Indiana

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 34,830

Recovered: 21,704

Fatalities: 2,143

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned sine die

Elections

May 5th primary postponed until June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 1: The declaration of a public health disaster emergency set forth in Executive Order 20-02, dated March 6, 2020, and renewed in Executive Order 20-17, effective April 5, 2020, is hereby renewed for an additional thirty (30) day period beyond
its current expiration date of May 5, 2020. This public health disaster emergency; declaration shall now expire on June 4, 2020, unless further renewed. Link:

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 20: The Governor announced that the stay-at-home order would be extended to May 1st.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/24/2020 through 4/20/2020

Non Essential Business: May 21: Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the “Back on Track Indiana” plan starting tomorrow, May 22, 2020. Governor Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-28 implementing stage 3:
• Social gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines
• Retail and commercial businesses may open at 75% capacity, shopping malls can open at 75% capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 50% capacity.
• Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, martial arts studios, and similar facilities may open with restrictions. In these establishments, no contact activities are permitted, class sizes must be limited, and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing guidelines and must be cleaned after each use.
• Community recreational youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices and conditioning while adhering to social gathering and social distancing guidelines. Contact sports, such as lacrosse and football, are prohibited, but conditioning and non-contact drills may take place.
• Raceways may open with restrictions and no spectators.
• Campgrounds may open restrictions, including social distancing and sanitation precautions.
• Restaurants and bars with restaurant services may continue to operate at 50% capacity, but bar seating must remain closed.
• Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors may continue to be open by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.
• Movie theaters and playgrounds, which had been projected to open in stage 3, will remain closed. Movie theaters are now projected to open along with other entertainment facilities and venues during stage 4. Playgrounds are to be determined.

April 20: The Governor announced that the stay-at-home order would be extended to May 1st.

April 20: The Governor further clarified aspects of his stay-at-home order include items related to reopening of businesses:
 As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable.
 Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.
 Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms.
Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers, and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measure to protect its employees and the public.
Pet grooming at a pet salon, store or mobile unit is permitted.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08 which requires residents to stay at home except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. On April 6th, Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order Executive Order, 20-18 which extended the stay at home order from April 6th to the 20th.

Economic Response

May 20: Governor Eric Holcomb announced that Stage 3 of the state’s reopening will begin Friday, May 22 for most of the state – two days earlier than previously planned. “We’ve earned the ability to continue to move forward,” Holcomb said. Lake, Marion and Cass counties will enter Stage 3 on June 1. Gov. Holcomb also said that an executive order will extend the prohibitions on disconnecting utilities, as well as on foreclosures and evictions, to July 1.

May 1: Governor Holcomb announced the "Back On Track" plan to safely open the economy and remain vigilant about residents health and wellbeing. The state will continue to monitor and respond to the four guiding principals:
o Number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
o The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
o The state retains its ability to test all residents who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
o Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing
"Indiana Back On Track" has five stages. On Monday May 4, nearly all of the state will move into Stage 2. In stage 2:
o Essential travel restrictions will be lifted and social gatherings of up to 25 people will be permitted
o Remaining manufacturers, industrial and other infrastructure operations that had been deemed nonessential will open.
o Retail and commercial businesses may open at 50% capacity
o Restaurants and bars that serve food may open at 50% capacity starting on May 11
o Indoor worship services may convene on May 8
o If health indicators remain positive, the state will move into stage three.

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

March 25 - Community Development Block Grant funds may be redirected to assist with COVID-19 emergency relief

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has modified filing requirements for dockets and moved hearings to a remote format. Major Indiana utilities have voluntarily suspended service disconnections. Indiana utilities have also filed a joint petition to recover lost revenue.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Iowa

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 19,690

Recovered: 9,267

Fatalities: 540

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Suspended until May 15.

Suspended until April 30.

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 20: Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. And effective this Friday, May 22, Movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. Gov. Reynolds also announced that next Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

May 13: Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an updated Proclamation of Disaster Emergency extending the disaster emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed. These changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

April 27: Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. It loosens social distancing requirements in 77 counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues other restrictions until May 15.


Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 27: Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. It loosens social distancing requirements in 77 counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues other restrictions until May 15.
The 77 counties are permitted to reopen restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and other retail establishments in a limited fashion with public health measures in place. The proclamation also lifts restrictions on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measure. The full proclamation is in parts:

None 3/17/2020 through 4/16/2020

Non Essential Business: May 26: Iowa Governor Reynolds singed a new Proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020.
• The proclamation also permits the following businesses to reopen on May 28, 2020: bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs. These establishment must adhere to the same public health measures in place for restaurants
• Under the proclamation, outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, and outdoor playgrounds may reopen on June 1, 2020.

May 6: Iowa Governor Kimberly Reynolds signed a new Proclamation continuing the State Public Health Disaster Emergency. Under Governor Reynold’s Proclamation,
• dental services may resume subject to compliance with the guidelines adopted by the Iowa Dental Board on May 5, 2020. This takes effect at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020, and will continue until the disaster proclamation expires.
• drive-in movie theaters may open only if all cars are parked at least six feet apart and other measures outlined in the Proclamation are followed. This takes effect at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020.
• tanning facilities may reopen subject to their compliance with measures outlined in the Proclamation. This takes effect at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020.
• medical spas may reopen to provide medical aesthetic services, but only if the medical spa complies with the requirements outlined in the Proclamation. This takes effect at 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020.
Further, from 5:00 a.m. on May 8, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, and only in the counties listed in Section Four of the Proclamation:
• All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers shall continue to be closed, except that such a facility may open on an appointment basis, provided that the facility permits only a single patron at one time and social distancing guidelines are followed
• An enclosed malls may reopen, but only to the extent that it complies with the requirements outlined in Section 4(B)(1) of the Proclamation
• All retail establishment that were previously ordered to close under Section 5, paragraph I of the Proclamation issued on April 27, 2020, may reopen, but only to the extent that it limits the number of customers to 50% of its maximum legal capacity and follows social distancing guidelines

April 27: The 77 counties are permitted to reopen restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and other retail establishments in a limited fashion with public health measures in place. The proclamation also lifts restrictions on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measure. The full proclamation is in parts:
Link to Part 1: https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public Health Proclamation - 2020.04.27 - Pt 1.pdf
Link to Part 2: https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public
Link to Part 3: https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Pages from Public Health Proclamation - 2020.04.27 - Pt 3.pdf


April 24: Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, which permits healthcare providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach and farmers markets to begin limited operations with appropriate public health precautions.

Closures required – recreational facilities, cosmetology services.

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 27, 2020, Governor Reynolds issued Proclamation of Disaster Emergency 2020-44, which suspends certain residential evictions and foreclosures for residential, commercial, and agricultural real property.
Expiration Date: Duration of the Proclamation, but the Proclamation is unlikely to extend past May 27, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency which places restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people and requires the closure of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, and casinos.

Economic Response

May 11: Governor Kim Reynolds said she will continue to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions in an effort to boost the state's economy. Reynolds said she would be making an announcement Tuesday about which parts of her public health proclamations will be allowed to expire as scheduled on Friday and which will be extended through the end of the month.

First quarter unemployment tax deadline moved from April 30 to July 31.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Legislative Actions

the State of Public Health Disaster
SB 2408 : Relating to state and local finances by making and supplementing appropriations. Waives the instructional time requirement for schools that close in order to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Kansas

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 9,755

Recovered: 547

Fatalities: 217

Hospitalizations: 842

State Capitol/Session Status

Suspended until April 15.COVID: Suspended until April 27.

Elections

Scheduled for May 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 26: Kansas Governor signed a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation. The proclamation activates the state’s disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 19: Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will sign Executive Order 20-34 to move Kansas into Phase 2 of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Phase 2, effective Friday, May 22, 2020, will be modified to include data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

April 17: Gov. Laura Kelly signed Executive Order No. 20-25 prohibiting all public or private “mass gatherings,” defined as bringing together more than 10 people in a confined or enclosed space. The Order exempts activities or facilities which relate to critical public health, safety, and other infrastructure functions.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/30/2020 through 4/19/2020

Non Essential Business: May 19: Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will sign Executive Order 20-34 to move Kansas into Phase 2 of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Phase 2, effective Friday, May 22, 2020, will be modified to include data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

May 14: Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 20-31 which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” This new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. Important takeaways:
o Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited;
o Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may open, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in;
o Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but in-person group classes may not occur and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.
o In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies may occur with no more than 10 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time as long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained. Outdoor drive-through graduation ceremonies during which no more than 10 individuals are in the same area outside of their vehicles at a time (i.e. school administration, graduate, family members, etc.) are allowed.
Link:

April 30: Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order No. 20-28, reissuing and extending certain Executive Orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending the stay at home mandate until May 31, 2020.

-April 14: Governor DeSantis announced a “stage two” task force to explore what stage two of the state’s coronavirus response will be, including reopening of the state’s schools, restaurants and other businesses will look like after weeks of lockdown.

-In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16 which requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in essential activities.

Economic Response

April 30: Gov. Kelly issued Executive Order No. 20-29, implementing Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.”

Evictions and foreclosures temporarily suspended.

Unemployment eligibility extended for all claimants who filed after January 1.

State income tax filing and payment deadlines moved from April 15 to July 15.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Kansas Corporation Commission offices are closed to the public, although hearings take place on-site. In response to the Governor's Executive Order, the KCC issued two emergency orders to suspend service disconnections. On May 14, the KCC issued an order which lifted the order staying all docket activity, indicating that dockets will resume normal schedules. In response to the end of the Stay At Home order, utilities are authorized to start utility collections as early as June 1.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Coronavirus Resources page
KS Dept Commerce COVID-19 Response
KS Dept of HEalth and Environment Coronavirus Resource Center

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-16
SB 66 : Appropriates $50 million from the general fund to provide for the state's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Enacted.
SB 386 : Appropriates $1 million to the Division of Public Health for coronavirus prevention. Pending.
HCR 5025 : Ratifies and provides the continuation of the March 12, 2020, state of disaster emergency declaration for the state of Kansas. Adopted.


Citations

(1) New York Times





Kentucky

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 9,704

Recovered: 3,232

Fatalities: 431

State Capitol/Session Status

Reconvened April 14.

Elections


Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 6: The Governor announced his administration is changing its travel restrictions to better comply with judicial findings and more closely mirror the guidance of neighboring states. The Governor issued a new executive order that continues to ban anyone with a positive or presumptively positive case of COVID-19 from entering Kentucky, except as ordered for medical treatment. It also keeps in place requirements of social distancing on public transportation.

Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/26/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 21: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced:
o Auctions can be held starting June 1, 2020
o Horse shows can be held starting on June 8, 2020
o Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer, and venues that hold 50 people or fewer can reopen June 29, 2020 if they meet guidelines
o Businesses that are opening May 22, 2020 at 33% capacity can expand to 50% capacity a month later, on June 22, if they meet guidelines

May 11: Governor Andy Beshear has outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, which reopened May 9, and those that re-opened today, including: horse racing, manufacturing and distribution, office-based businesses, construction, pet grooming and boarding, photography and vehicle or vessel dealership. On May 18, government offices and agencies are set to re-open, and retail and funeral services are scheduled to re-open May 20.

May 8: Gov. Andy Beshear provided requirements for houses of worship, retain businesses, and all other establishments to reopen. All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. Gov. Beshear also announced in that press release that government offices and agencies can open on May 18 and funeral homes can open on May 20.

May 7: Governor Beshear released a new timeline for reopening more of Kentucky’s industries. During the second phase of reopening, all businesses should follow the rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance. The new tentative dates are as follows:
o May 22 – Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating.
o June 1 – movie theaters, fitness centers
o June 11 – Campgrounds, public and private
o June 15 – child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports
• He also announced a new partnership with First Care Clinics to expand testing as more businesses reopen

May 4: Gov. Beshear announced guidelines for businesses and health care providers looking to restart safely under Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” plan. Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate:
•Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses
•Construction
•Vehicle or vessel dealerships
•Office-based businesses (at 50% pre-pandemic capacity)
•Horse racing (no fans in attendance)
•Pet care, grooming and boarding
•Photography

April 29: Governor Andy Beshear outlined Kentucky’s plan to reopen certain businesses in three phases beginning May 11, 2020 while emphasizing that things won’t be back to “normal” for quite some time. All authorized re-openings must adhere to Kentucky’s 10 rules to reopening.

April 28: Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled a 10-point plan that aims to guide businesses as they prepare for a gradual reopening while continuing to keep all workers and patrons safe, including:
o Continue telework where possible
o Phased return to work
o Onsite temperature/health checks
o Universal masks and other necessary PPE
o Close common areas
o Enforce social distancing
o Limit face-to-face meetings
o Sanitizer/hand wash stations
o Special accommodations
o Testing plans

April 22: The Governor announced the launch of “Healthy at Work,” a new initiative to help Kentucky businesses reopen safely. Healthy at Work offers a phased approach to reopening Kentucky’s economy, based on criteria set by public health experts and advice from industry experts.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: April 23: The Governor announced that on April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of the Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate differently than prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. Link:

Governor Andy Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-257 which requires the closure of non-essential businesses and prohibits mass gatherings.

Economic Response

May 15: Governor Andy Beshear announced that as part of the Healthy at Work initiative the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will reopen tourism in an effort to generate revenue to boost the state’s economy and offer Kentuckians opportunities to explore the commonwealth through in-state travel. Gov. Beshear also announced that the Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for massage therapy and nail salons. Cosmetology businesses, hair salons and barbershops, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors guidance is expected soon. Gov. Beshear said the state would also be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (which does not include public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.

April 29: Governor Andy Beshear outlined Kentucky’s plan to reopen certain businesses in three phases beginning May 11, 2020 while emphasizing that things won’t be back to “normal” for quite some time. All authorized re-openings must adhere to Kentucky’s 10 rules to reopening.

April 23: The Governor announced that on April 27, the state will begin the gradual restart and reopening of the Phase 1 health care services and facilities, although they will operate differently than prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.

April 18: The Governor announced seven benchmarks that must be met in order to start reopening the state’s economy. They include:
1.14 days where cases are decreasing
2. Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
3. Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
4. Ability to protect at-risk populations
5. Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings
6. Preparedness for a possible future spike
7. Status of vaccine and treatment

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

Restaurants allowed to sell alcohol with take-out or to-go orders.

New procedures put in place to manage the influx of unemployment claims.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor announced Kentucky received the federal funding stream to begin making the additional $600 per week payment to those Kentuckians receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has closed its offices, suspended utility disconnections and late fees, switched several operations to digital means, and opened a docket to house other COVID-19 issues. On May 4, the PSC issued a final order in an administrative case which modifies and standardizes Home Energy Assistance (HEA) programs across utilities.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Coronavirus Resources page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 2020-257
SB 150 : In response to the coronavirus public health emergency, waives various professional and business licensing fees; provides for unemployment benefits; provides for the Coronavirus Hotline. Enacted.
SB 177 : Relates to education and declaring an emergency; allows a school district to request approval for additional student attendance days under an emergency nontraditional instruction plan when the district is closed due to the state of emergency declared by the Governor related to COVID-19. Enacted.
SB 282 : Requires employers to provide accrued paid sick leave to employees. Provides mechanism for employees to accrue paid sick leave; establishes guidelines for employers to calculate paid sick leave for employees; sets forth manner in which paid sick leave can be used; creates a civil penalty for violation of provisions. Pending.
HB 356 : Makes appropriations for the operations, maintenance, support, and functioning of the Judicial Branch of the government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; authorizes, for the during of a state of emergency, the Chief Justice to declare a judicial emergency to protect the health and safety of court employees, elected officials and the general public, and to extend any statutory timelines and statutes of limitations for court filings. Enacted.
HB 449 : Provides definitions of terms related to disaster or emergency-related work; exempts disaster response employees and disaster response businesses from income tax beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2024; exempts disaster response businesses beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2024; excludes the income of a disaster response employee and a disaster response business from local tax; excludes a disaster response business from certain permit requirements. Pending.
SJR 246 : Directs the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to assess Kentucky's preparedness to address the coronavirus and report to the General Assembly. Pending.
SR 296 : A resolution honoring the teachers, classified employees, bus drivers, janitorial/custodial staff, and other individuals who are delivering meals to Kentucky's students while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Adopted.

News

Courier Journal | Kentucky General Assembly passes one-year state budget, despite near-empty House chamber [4/1/2020]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Louisiana

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 40,341

Recovered: 28,700

Fatalities: 2,801

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Reconvening May 4.

Reconvened March 31. Adjourned until further notice.

Elections

Presidential primary moved from April 4 to June 20 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 30: Governor John Bel Edwards formally extended Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 as the state continues to slow the spread of COVID-19 to meet the White House threshold criteria for opening more of its economy.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 through 4/13/2020

Non Essential Business: May 14: Governor Edwards stated that Louisiana will enter into Phase One of its Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana on Friday, May 15, when the stay at home order will be lifted and more businesses will be allowed to open with strict social distancing, enhanced sanitation and required masks for employees helping the public.
• The new order includes an expanded list of businesses that can now operate and the specific types of businesses that are limited to 25% occupancy and require strict social distancing. With the exception of gamin establishments and shopping malls, no church leader or business owner is required to register or get approval in advance of opening.
o Non-essential businesses (sometimes called “gray area” businesses) and churches may remain open at 25 percent of their occupancy. Further, churches and restaurants, cafes and coffee shops may continue to conduct outdoor service not limited by 25 percent of indoor capacity so long as strict social distancing is practiced. All business owners should read the order to understand which category their business falls into.
o New types of businesses that may open beginning on May 15, with 25 percent occupancy limits, sanitation guidelines and spacing for physical distancing include:
 Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
 Shopping malls
 Gyms and fitness centers
 Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons
 Movie theaters
 Racetracks (not open to spectators)
 Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)
 Bars and breweries with LDH food permits
 Casinos and video poker establishments may open on May 18, at 25 percent occupancy and with 50 percent of their gaming positions, spaced out to allow for social distancing and with enhanced sanitation. Gaming facilities must have a plan approved by the Gaming Control Board prior to reopening.
 The following businesses remain closed: massage establishments and spas, tattoo parlors, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, arcades, fairs, bars and breweries without LDH food permits, pool halls, bowling alleys, contact sports, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, adult entertainment venues, and other similar businesses.


May 11: Louisiana will move to Phase One under the White House COVID-19 guidance this Friday, May 15, which removes the Stay at Home order for Louisianans and allows additional businesses to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday.

May 4: Governor John Bel Edwards announced a new web-based program entitled "Open Safely" to assist businesses and religious organizations with safely resuming operations. The program allows business owners and church leaders to register to receive up-to-the-minute information on what phase their business and/or church is considered, what phase the state is in as Louisiana moves through phases of return, and what social distancing and sanitation guidelines are required for their specific operation in each phase.

April 27: Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he intends to extend Louisiana’s Stay-at-home order until May 15 due to the fact that Louisiana does not currently meet the White House standard for entering Phase One of reopening. This extended order will be issued on Friday, May 1. Three major changes to this new order include:
o Malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may open for curbside delivery
o Restaurants will be allowed to open their outside areas for patrons to eat meals only, without tableside service
o All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask
• Additionally, the Louisiana Department of Health strongly urged everyone to wear masks when in public.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: On May 14, 2020, Governor Edwards issued Proclamation Number 59 JBE 2020, which keeps in place the order from Proclamation Number 52 JBE 2020 and Proclamation Number 41 JBE 2020 suspending all deadlines and legal proceedings in all courts, administrative agencies, and boards.
Expiration Date: June 5, 2020

On May 15, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order, which allows that the prohibition on conducting in-person proceedings is lifted but does not extend that authority to evictions.
Expiration Date: Further Order of the Court

On April 30, 2020, Governor Edwards issued Proclamation Number 52 JBE 2020, which keeps in place the order from Proclamation Number 41 JBE 2020 suspending all deadlines and legal proceedings in all courts, administrative agencies, and boards.
Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards issued Emergency Proclamation 33 which requires residents to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary. The order includes exceptions for workers in critical sectors and for activities like buying groceries, seeking medical care, recreation, and caring for family members.

Economic Response

April 30: Governor John Bel Edwards formally extended Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 as the state continues to slow the spread of COVID-19 to meet the White House threshold criteria for opening more of its economy.

Request to the SBA for federal disaster relief fund pending. April 9, 2020 – The Governor’s response fund approved the first grant from the Governor’s COVID-19 Response Fund which will feed children in southern Louisiana.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

Louisianna COVID-19 Reference

Legislative Actions

Emergency Proclamation
SCR 22 : Requests the State Board Elementary and Secondary Education to suspend statewide standardized assessments for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. Pending.
SCR 31 : Requests the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Revenue to develop an incentive package that will make Louisiana the domestic prescription drug manufacturing leader for the United States. Pending.
SCR 33 : Temporarily suspends video draw poker device operation fees due to mandatory closure of establishments in response to coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
HR 20 : Urges and requests Attorney General Jeff Landry to ensure a swift, effective, and unified response to price gouging. Pending.
HCR 22 : Urges and requests the Public Service Commission to temporarily prohibit energy and water companies from disconnecting services. Pending.
HCR 23 : Suspends laws regarding legal deadlines, including prescription and preemption, in recognition of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HCR 25 : Provides for the suspension of all civil prescriptive, preemptive, filing, and other deadlines in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declared by the Governor. Pending.
HCR 27 : Provides consent for the adjournment of the 2020 Regular Session of the Legislature for a period longer than three days to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Adopted.
HCR 34 : Suspends the severance taxes levied on oil, natural gas, distillate and condensate. Pending.
HCR 39 : Temporarily suspends the payment of video draw poker device operation fees due to the closure of licensed establishments as a result of Coronavirus disease. Pending.
HCR 40 : Directs the Department of Revenue to develop data on the projected impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on state business revenue and on net operating loss carry forward tax deductions for future tax filings. Pending.
HCR 43 : Suspends the corporation franchise tax levied on domestic and foreign corporations and the initial tax levied on certain business entities subject to the corporation franchise tax in an effort to mitigate some financial losses suffered by businesses. Pending.
SB 426 : Requires health insurance coverage for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Pending.
SB 445 : Provides relative to limitation of civil liability for medical personnel and healthcare providers during public health emergency. Pending.
SB 449 : Requires reporting of contagious or infectious diseases to first responders. Pending.
SB 450 : Exempts from seizure payments received under federal law coronavirus relief. Pending.
SB 469 : Provides relative to professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions during declared emergencies. Pending.
SB 475 : Provides relative to workers' compensation claims filed by essential workers in the workplace. Pending.
SB 477 : Provides relative to business interruption insurance. Pending.
SB 481 : Provides for suspension of certain laws pertaining to elementary and secondary education for students impacted due to the coronavirus public health emergency. Pending.
SB 495 : Creates a private fund, called the Business Compensation Fund, to expedite certain property insurance claims, resolve disputes, and provide coverage for losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides for contributions to and disbursements from the fund. Pending.
SB 499 : Provides relative to the regulation of business entities during a public health emergency. Pending.
SB 500 : Relative to state agencies; to provide relative to the administration and regulation of state agencies during an emergency; to provide for terms, conditions, procedures, requirements, and effects; and to provide for related matters. Pending.
SB 506 : Requires property insurance policies insuring commercial and residential buildings to cover cost of disinfecting fumigation. Pending.
SB 511 : Suspends certain legal requirements as a result of emergency health measures relative to the coronavirus. Pending.
HB 774 : Relative to post-emergency public procurement following COVID-19; to require purchases from Louisiana vendors in certain circumstances; to provide time limits; to provide exceptions; and to provide for related matters. Pending.
HB 805 : Relative to the effect of obligations during certain emergencies and disasters; to provide for the suspension of prescription and preemptive periods and other legal deadlines; and to provide for related matters. Pending.
HB 826 : Provides limited liability for healthcare providers, certain real estate owners, and certain private persons, firms, or corporations during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Pending.
HB 846 : Provides relative to the Competitive Projects Payroll Incentive Program; expands businesses eligible to participate in the program to include those engaged in cybersecurity, renewable or a recycling process, agri-bio industry or COVID-19. Pending.
HB 851 : Provides for the use of federal funds appropriated to Louisiana through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for workforce training; to provide for the appropriation, administration, and use of the Workforce Training Rapid Response Fund; and to provide for related matters. Pending.
HB 856 : Provides relative to limitations of liability related to the preparation, conditions or delivery of food or other supplies in good faith in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency. Pending.
HB 858 : Requires coverage for business interruption claims due to coronavirus disease 2019; provides for the scope of coverage; provides for applicability; provides for retroactive application; provides for effectiveness; and provides for related matters. Pending.
HB 862 : Provides for the Coronavirus Business Recovery and Growth Program. Pending.
HB 868 : Provides relative to the continuity of the legislature in times of emergency or disaster. Pending.

News

SCR27 Requests a joint study of the ability of members of the legislature to vote by video or other electronic means.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Maine

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 2,349

Recovered: 1,552

Fatalities: 89

Hospitalizations: 258

State Capitol/Session Status

Session adjourned on March 17. Adjourned Sine Die

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 13: Gov. Janet Mills signed a Proclamation to Renew the State of Civil Emergency for an additional thirty (30) days to June 11, 2020.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 29: Governor Janet T. Mills extended Maine’s stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020 but authorized state residents to visit businesses and participate in activities deemed safe to open under the first stage of Maine’s reopening plan, which includes barber shops and hair salons, auto dealerships, and drive-in religious services that implement COVID-19 precautions, effective immediately. The updated order also requires people in Maine to wear cloth face coverings in public places where physical distancing is difficult to maintain starting May 1, 2020.

-April 14: Governor Janet Mills signs a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency for another 30 days through May 15, 2020.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 4/2/20 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 19: Governor Janet Mills announced the following updates to her plan to restart Maine’s economy:
• Maine residents may enjoy campgrounds beginning Memorial Day weekend; and
• The full reopening of gyms, fitness centers, and nail salons will be delayed in light of emerging research on and experiences in other states of COVID-19 transmission related to these establishments.

May 19: Governor Janet Mills announced the following updates to her plan to restart Maine’s economy:
• Maine residents may enjoy campgrounds beginning Memorial Day weekend; and
• The full reopening of gyms, fitness centers, and nail salons will be delayed in light of emerging research on and experiences in other states of COVID-19 transmission related to these establishments.

May 14: The Governor announced that, effective immediately, Maine lodging providers can begin accepting future reservations for stays with an arrival date of June 1st and beyond for Maine residents and for non-residents who comply with the State’s 14-day quarantine requirement.


May 8: Gov. Janet Mills announced a rural reopening plan aimed at reopening certain additional businesses in rural Maine over the course of the next two weeks with added health and safety measures. Under the plan, retail stores (May 11, 2020) and restaurants (May 18, 2020) will be permitted to open to in-store and some dine-in service, respectively – with enhanced safety precautions – in counties where community transmission is not present. Those counties are Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc.

April 29: Governor Janet T. Mills extended Maine’s stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020 but authorized state residents to visit businesses and participate in activities deemed safe to open under the first stage of Maine’s reopening plan, which includes barber shops and hair salons, auto dealerships, and drive-in religious services that implement COVID-19 precautions, effective immediately. The updated order also requires people in Maine to wear cloth face coverings in public places where physical distancing is difficult to maintain starting May 1, 2020.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 22, 2020, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a Revised Order, which commands that evictions and foreclosure cases will not be scheduled or heard. The Order does not distinguish between commercial and residential.
Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Governor Janet Mills issued Executive Order 28 FY 19/20 which requires residents to stay at home at all times unless for an essential job or an essential personal reason, such as obtaining food, medicine, health care, or other necessary purposes.

Economic Response

April 28: Gov. Janet Mills presented her plan to gradually restart Maine’s economy. (Press Release). The plan includes a new “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order to be issued by Thursday, which extends stay-at-home restrictions until May 31, 2020, but allows more businesses to gradually reopen beginning on May 1, 2020. Gov. Mills' plan has four stages, each expected to be implemented on the first of each month, with Stage 1 beginning on May 1, Stage 2 beginning on June 1, and Stage 3 beginning in July. Stage 4 will start is a to-be-determined future point.
o Stage 1, which begins on Friday, allows for additional businesses to open, including:
Personal services: Barber shops, hair salons, and pet grooming
 Limited drive-in, stay-in-your-vehicle religious services
 Drive-in movie theaters
 Outdoor recreation: guided outdoor activities (hunting & fishing) and restricted use of golf and disc golf courses
 State parks, state-owned public land trails, and historic sites; although certain coastal state parks will remain closed
 Auto dealerships and car washes

April 23: Gov. Janet Mills announced four guiding principles to gradually and safely reopen Maine’s economy. The Administration’s approach will utilize criteria and measures currently under development by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention leading to a phased reopening of the economy.
o Protecting public health;
o Maintaining health care readiness;
o Building reliable and accessible testing; and
o Prioritizing public-private collaboration.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Maine Public Utilities Commission office is open to staff, contractors, and hearing parties, though attendance is limited. The PUC has opened four dockets to address the mandatory service disconnection moratoria, filing deadlines, marketing activities, and other necessary waivers. On April 28, the Maine PUC opened a new docket to investigate the impact of the pandemic on utility customers and utilities.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Resource Page
Maine CDC

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 14 FY 19/20
HB 1547 : Permits the State Controller to transfer up to $11 million from the Reserve for General Fund Operating Capital to a COVID-19 response refund to address funding needs related to the novel coronavirus. Enacted.
HB 1549 : Requires a postsecondary educational institution in the State that temporarily suspends classes and requires students, staff and faculty to remain of campus due to an infectious disease, including COVID-19 to take certain actions around student reimbursement, faculty compensation and allowing students to remain on campus. Pending.
SB 676 : Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend certain rules to provide for reimbursement of case management services delivered through telehealth to targeted populations; makes other changes necessary for the delivery of telehealth services to be expanded to include case management services. Enacted.
SB 789 : Provides the Governor, on a temporary basis, with additional powers for the duration of the state of emergency declared by the Governor due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Enacted.
HB 1516 : Makes supplemental appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of the general fund; includes one-time funding to respond to COVID-19. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Maryland

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 53,327

Recovered: 3,764

Fatalities: 2,552

Hospitalizations: 8,619

State Capitol/Session Status

Session adjourned March 18. Adjourned sine die

Elections

Presidential primary on April 28 postponed to June 2. Special election on April 28 to be conducted entirely by mail. (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 14: After Governor Hogan’s announcement to move the state to a “Safer at Home” order on Friday, May 15, other local leaders are determining how to “chart their own course forward.” Baltimore will keep its local stay-at-home order, Mayor Young announced today. He said the city lacks adequate testing supplies to safely relax restrictions. The Leaders of Prince George’s County and Montgomery County also announced that they intend to sign executive orders extending the stay-at-home order for their residents.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/30/2020 until the order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 27: The Governor announced that due to successful Stage One reopenings across the state and improvements in key data and metrics, the State of Maryland can now safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes the resumption of outdoor dining and outdoor activities such as youth sports and youth day camps, and the reopening of outdoor pools and drive-in movie theaters.

May 13: Gov. Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 20-05-13-01, which moves the state from Stay at Home to “Safer At Home” effective Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. The move is part of Stage One of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.”
o Retail: All retail stores may reopen at 50 percent capacity, but with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged. The state issues guidance and best practices for retail stores.
o Manufacturing: Manufacturers may resume operations if they follow the guidance and best practices for manufacturing, including encouraging multiple shifts and various safety precautions.
o Churches and Houses of Worship: Religious services may resume up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Guidance and best practices for religious services.
o Personal Services: Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines

May 6: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Order No. 20-05-06-01 which amends and restates the order issued on March 30, 2020. Under Order No. 20-05-06-01, all persons living in Maryland must remain at home or in their place of residence, except to participate in “Essential Activities” (as defined in the order) or “Permitted Outdoor Activities” (as defined in the order). Residents can now participate in individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, outside fitness instruction, recreation hunting, fishing, and boating, and horseback riding. Additionally, playgrounds and state beaches will be open for walking and exercise.
Further, all non-essential business (those not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) must remain closed. All restaurants and bars, theaters, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, amusement parks, roller and ice skating rinks, miniature golf establishments, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, barber shops, beauty salons, and fitness centers must remain closed to the general public, subject to the enumerated exceptions listed in the Order.
Finally, golf courses and driving ranges, outdoor archery and shooting ranges, marinas and watercraft rental business, and camp grounds may open to the general public, subject to the physical distancing guidelines published by the CDC and Maryland Department of Health.
These changes take effect May 7, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: April 24: Governor Larry Hogan announces “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” which provides a gradual three-phase approach to reopening the state as it continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three-Stage Plan Based on Federal Guidelines, NGA Guidance, AEI and Johns Hopkins Reopening Reports. Recovery could begin in early May if key hospitalization numbers continue to plateau.


April 22: As part of the Governor’s hospital surge plan, he announced that Laurel Medical Center has officially reopened. The Governor also announced additional measures and updates related to his reopening plan.

April 15: The Governor announced that Maryland is now in a position to plan the gradual rollout of the state’s recovery phase. Tenets include expanding testing capacity, increasing hospital surge capacity, ramping up supply of PPE, building a robust contact tracing operation.

Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 20-03-30-01 which requires residents to stay at home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.

Economic Response

April 24: Governor Larry Hogan announces “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” which provides a gradual three-phase approach to reopening the state as it continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three-Stage Plan Based on Federal Guidelines, NGA Guidance, AEI and Johns Hopkins Reopening Reports. Recovery could begin in early May if key hospitalization numbers continue to plateau.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Maryland Public Service Commission is operating under a "Continuity of Operations" plan and is conducting most business online. Governor Hogan has suspended service disconnections and late fees. Additionally, BGE, Pepco, and Delmarva have petitioned a waiver from regular distribution inspection and maintenance activities.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Resource page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-03-30-01
SB 1079 : Allows the Governor to transfer by budget amendment up to $50,000,000 from the Revenue Stabilization Account to fund costs associated with the coronavirus. Requires the Governor to provide the Legislative Policy Committee with at least 7 days for review and comment before transferring funds from the Account. Makes the Act an emergency measure. Enacted.
HB 732 : Relates to annual gross revenues derived from digital advertising services; provides that the sales and use tobacco tax collected in fiscal year 2021 will be distributed, in part, to expenditure accounts of State government to fund costs associated with COVID-19. Eligible for Governor.
HB 932 : Relates to sales and use tax revenue; provides that the sales and use tax collected in fiscal year 2021 on the sale or use of a digital product or code will be distributed, in part, to expenditure accounts of State government to fund costs associated with COVID-19. Eligible for Governor.
SB 190 : Part of a larger budget bill for fiscal year 2021. Makes a $10 million supplemental appropriation to the Department of Health for the current fiscal year to address coronavirus preparedness expenses. Eligible for Governor.
SB 192 : Part of the Budget Reconciliation Act; authorizes a transfer up to $100,000,000 from the Revenue Stabilization Account to fund costs associated with COVID-19. Eligible for Governor.
SB 1080 & HB 1663 : Authorizes the Governor to take certain actions in a state of emergency, including prohibiting cost-sharing by carriers for disease testing, immunization and any associated costs; retailers from increasing the sale or rental price of any good or service by more than 10%; and employers from terminating quarantined or isolated employees. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Massachusetts

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 96,965

Fatalities: 6,846

Hospitalizations: 9,260

State Capitol/Session Status

In session

Elections

Special elections postponed to May 19. (Pending)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: April 28: Gov. Charlie Baker extended the essential services emergency order to May 18, 2020. Gov. Baker also announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 28: Gov. Charlie Baker extended the essential services emergency order to May 18, 2020. Gov. Baker also announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.

Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/24/2020 through 5/4/2020

Non Essential Business: May 18: Gov. Charlie Baker released Reopening Massachusetts report authored by the Reopening Advisory Board. Highlighting the release is that beginning today, Massachusetts will move into Phase 1 of the reopening. (State Press Release)
o Based on the public health metrics, manufacturing facilities and construction sites will open effective today with applicable guidelines.
o Places of worship will be able to open with guidelines that require social distancing and encourage services to be held outdoors.
o Hospitals and community health centers that attest to specific public health and safety standards can begin to provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients.
o Under a staggered approach, additional Phase 1 sectors of the economy will be permitted to open effective May 25 including:
 Lab space;
 Office space;
 Limited personal services, including: hair salons, pet grooming, car washes;
 Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up;
o Also permitted to open on May 25 with applicable guidelines, are the following:
 Beaches;
 Parks;
 Drive-in movie theaters;
 Select athletic fields and courts;
 Many outdoor adventure activities;
 Most fishing, hunting, and boating;
 Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations.
o Additional sectors expected to open on June 1 as part of Phase 1 include office spaces in the city of Boston with applicable guidelines.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 3: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

On April 20, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law Bill H4647, which provides for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency.
Expiration Date: The sooner of 120 days after the effective date of this act or 45 days after the COVID-19 emergency has been lifted

Governor Charlie Baker issued Emergency Orders 13 and 19 which requires closure of non-essential businesses, restricts public gatherings, and advises residents to stay at home.

Economic Response

May 15: The Baker-Polito Administration and Employer Community released a list of employers who are committing to continuing to work from home policies for the foreseeable future. Governor Baker is planning a phased reopening process that balances public health precautions with reopening the economy during the pandemic.

April 28: Gov. Charlie Baker extended the essential services emergency order to May 18, 2020. Gov. Baker also announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.

April 19: Governor Baker, along with the governors of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

April 9, 2020 – The Governor announced details for the initial implementation of federal unemployment benefits in the CARES Act, such as an additional $600 per week for individuals collecting benefits from regular unemployment compensation and a 13-week extension of benefits for individuals who exhausted their previous benefits.April 19: Governor Baker, along with the governors of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates and News

Legislative Actions

: Emergency Orders 13 and 19
HB 4502 : Appropriates $95,000 for the Executive Office of Education to contain, treat and prevent the coronavirus. This bill requires a report to the legislature by June 1, 2020, with recommendations if additional funds and action are needed. Enacted.
HB 4561 : Makes appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for other activities and projects. Includes a reserve of $15,000,000 to support the commonwealth’s monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts against COVID-19. Enacted.
HB 4571 : An Act Designating September 14, 2020 as a Legal Holiday in order to facilitate the postponement of the Boston Marathon amidst the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HB 4586 : Addresses challenges faced by municipalities, school districts and state authorities resulting from COVID-19. Pending.
HB 4593 : Facilitates the delay of income tax filing deadline. Pending.
HB 4598 : Addresses challenges faced by municipalities and state authorities resulting from COVID-19 related to town meetings, annual budgets, deficit amortization, local permits, the authority of the chief executive officer of a city or town, the temporary employment of a former or retired employee, and to allow certain licensed establishments to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Enacted.
HB 4611 : Relative to creating a presumption of job relatedness for certain public safety personnel and first responders suffering from incapacitation or inability to perform their duties as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or exposure. Pending.
HB 4615 : Provides for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus Emergency. Pending.
HB 4616 : Addresses challenges faced by municipalities, school districts and state authorities resulting from COVID-19 related to supportive housing, collection of taxes and fees, high school graduation, standardized testing, school budgets and 3-year plans. Enacted.
HB 4622 : Relates to relief payments for recipients of the transitional aid to families with dependent children and emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children programs within the Department of Transitional Assistance. Pending.
HB 4625 : Expands unemployment insurance benefits to certain employees due to the COVID-19 emergency declaration. Pending.
HB 4626 : Appropriates funds to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for emergency funding for certain homeless services. Pending.
HB 4627 : Relates to providing certain state employees sick leave for Coronavirus disease related absences. Pending.
HB 4631 : Relative to state employees performing core function during the Massachusetts state emergency related to COVID-19 emergency declaration. Pending.
HB 4634 : Relates to financial assistance, health care access and small business grants in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Pending.
HB 4635 : Relates to the reporting of coronavirus positive cases and mortalities in long term care facilities and elder housing. Pending.
SB 2599 : Authorizes waiver of the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits. Enacted.
SB 2602 : Provides any public safety official and 1st responder, who contracts, has symptoms of, or otherwise becomes affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), that results in a period of hospitalization, quarantine, or require self-quarantined measures as a result of being infected or coming into contact with someone who is infected with this virus, shall have their medical condition or incapacity to work presumed to be work-related. Public safety official shall not be required to use sick time, vacation time, or personal time to cover said period of incapacitation or inability to perform regular duty work. Pending.
SB 2608 : Grants the authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19. Enacted.
SB 2618 : An Act providing additional support to those affected by the novel coronavirus through the unemployment insurance system. Pending.
SB 2621 : An Act providing temporary protections for renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 emergency. Pending.
SB 2630 : Provides liability protections for health care workers and facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pending.
HB 4580 : Addresses challenges in town governance resulting from COVID-19. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Michigan

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 57,532

Recovered: 38,099

Fatalities: 5,516

State Capitol/Session Status

In session

Elections

Canvass for the March 10 primary extended to April 24

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: 3. Executive Order 2020-68 declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster across the State of Michigan under the Emergency Management Act of 1976. The state of emergency and state of disaster declared by this order will be effective through May 28, 2020 at 11:59pm, and the governor will evaluate the continuing need for the order prior to its expiration, terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat or danger has passed.

2. Executive Order 2020-67 clarifies that a state of emergency remains in effect under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. The order is effective immediately and continues through May 28, 2020 at 11:59pm. The governor will evaluate the continuing need for this order prior to its expiration, and if she determines that an emergency no longer exists, will terminate or extend the state of emergency declared in this order.

April 30: After the Michigan Legislature refused to extend the emergency and disaster declaration that was set to expire at midnight on April 30, Governor Gretchen Whitmer took action by signing three new executive orders that extends the state of emergency to May 28, 2020:
1. Executive Order 2020-66 terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster declarations issued under the Emergency Management Act in Executive Order 2020-33.
Link: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/04/30/file_attachments/1440563/EO%202020-66.pdf

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 21: Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-96. Under this executive order
o Retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment may reopen statewide starting May 26, 2020
o The executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning Friday, May 29, 2020
o Small gatherings of 10 people or less are permitted starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

May 7: Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at the Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. In addition, Governor Whitmer announced her six phases of the MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy. The phases include:
o 1. Uncontrolled Growth:
o 2. Persistent Spread
o 3. Flattening
o 4. Improving
o 5. Containing
o 6. Post-Pandemic

April 24: Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order extending Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15, 2020, but relaxed some existing restrictions. Michigan residents can now return to certain outdoor activities, buy gardening supplies, golf, and travel to their vacation homes. Landscapers, lawn service companies, plant nurseries, and bike repair shops can resume operations. Additionally, the order requires Michigan residents to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces, and requires employers to provide cloth face coverings to their employees.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/24/2020 through 4/13/2020

Non Essential Business: May 18: Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, which allows for the reopening of retail businesses and office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating in the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City regions. The businesses subject to reopening must adhere to all safety guidelines outlined above in E.O. 2020-91.

May 1: Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. The order will allow the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a low risk of infection, including construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect until May 15, 2020.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businessesApril 24: Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order extending Michigan’s stay-at-home order through May 15, 2020, but relaxed some existing restrictions. Michigan residents can now return to certain outdoor activities, buy gardening supplies, golf, and travel to their vacation homes. Landscapers, lawn service companies, plant nurseries, and bike repair shops can resume operations. Additionally, the order requires Michigan residents to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces, and requires employers to provide cloth face coverings to their employees.

Schools: Closed

Misc: On May 14, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-85, which rescinds Executive Order 2020-54 (that in turn had rescinded Executive Order 2020-19) and temporarily halts evictions for residential properties for nonpayment of rent.
Expiration Date: June 11, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 which requires residents to stay at home unless they are a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

Economic Response

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

Eligibility for unemployment benefits temporarily expanded.

Back taxes deadline extended.

Small businesses now eligible to apply for federal disaster funds from the SBA.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Michigan Public Service Commission has moved its meetings online and has rescheduled/postponed several events. The MPSC has established a COVID docket which states dedication to customer protections, demand response programs, and investigation of cost recovery methodology. Major Michigan utilities have voluntarily suspended service disconnections. On May 8, the PSC approved a $188.3M rate increase (4.7%) for DTE Electric Co., down from the $351M request. The increase on customer bills will be levied by DTE’s recent announcement that it will pass $30-40 million in bill relief to electric customers in June and July from fuel savings. Additionally on May 8, the MPSC released an updated report on MPSC and utility actions.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Michigan.gov Coronavirus Resource Page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 2020-21
SCR 24 : A concurrent resolution to approve an extension to the state of emergency and state of disaster declared across the State of Michigan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Adopted.
SR 107 : Urges the federal government to fund the medical costs associated with testing and mandatory hospital stays for the novel coronavirus. Adopted.
HR 242 : Urges the Congress of the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide financial assistance to the state of Michigan and affected residents to address the novel coronavirus outbreak. Pending.
HR 245 : Prescribes Temporary Rules for Emergency Operation of the House of Representatives. Pending.
SB 151 : Provides supplemental appropriations for various state departments and agencies. Makes a one-time appropriation of $25 million from the state general fund to the Coronavirus public health emergency and response fund. Federal revenues up to $50 million authorized by and available from the federal government for the COVID-19 public health emergency are appropriated to departments for state and local preparedness and response activities. Enacted.
HB 5633 : Requires insurance coverage and treatment for coronavirus. Pending.
HB 5631 : Appropriates $10 million from the general fund to the pandemic outbreak fund within the State Treasury to pay for the costs related to the coronavirus. Pending.
HB 5630 : PRovides for funding for the new coronavirus reporting requirements and requires Department of Health and Human Services to pay for certain costs related to coronavirus. Pending.
HB 4729 : Provides for omnibus budget appropriations for the 2019-20 fiscal year; includes a sum of $125 million in one-time appropriations from the general fund to combat the coronavirus COVID-19. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Minnesota

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 25,208

Fatalities: 1,050

Hospitalizations: 3,086

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Suspended legislative floor sessions and committee hearings until May 13.

Lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider remote meeting rules for state government and COVID-19 relief measures. (added 4/14/2020)

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 27: The Governor signed Executive Order 20-63, which outlines the second phase of Stay Safe MN.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 4: The Governor signed an Executive Order which amends the state’s Safer At Home order, until May 11. The Governor also laid out strict social distancing guidelines to begin the process of reopening restaurants and allowing outdoor recreation.

-April 13: Executive Order 20-35 extends "Peacetime Emergency" declaration through May 13.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/27/2020 through 4/10/2020

Non Essential Business: May 20: Governor Tim Walz today announced the phases in his Stay Safe Plan, including a cautious, strategic turn of the dial to allow limited outdoor dining at restaurants and bars starting June 1, 2020. The Governor also announced that salons and barbershops will be allowed to open June 1 at 25 percent occupancy to ensure the safety of both the employees and the customers inside. In both industries, customers will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks, make reservations, and adhere to social distancing requirements to keep themselves, other customers, and employees safe.

April 30: Governor Tim Walz issues Emergency Executive Order 20-48, which extends the Stay Home Order in Minnesota until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume operations with curbside pick-up. Also as part of his Executive Order today, Governor Walz strongly encouraged all Minnesotans to wear a manufactured or homemade mask at all times when they leave their homes to any place where social distancing is difficult.

April 23: Gov. Tim Walz issues Executive Order that outlines Minnesota’s gradual return to work, with some non-essential sectors being permitted to reopen Monday, April 27. In partnerships with hundreds of businesses, labor and worker organizations, and public health experts, this action will allow 80,000-100,000 Minnesotans to return to work in industrial, manufacturing, and office settings.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: On May 1, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an Order, which extends the suspension of certain eviction hearings and mortgage foreclosure hearings (in line with the Governor's Executive Order) but allows for hearings on an emergency basis in housing/eviction proceedings
Expiration Date: Until further order

Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 which requires residents to stay at home except to meet essential needs.

Economic Response

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

Evictions suspended.

Peacetime Emergency Loans now available for small businesses.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor signed H.F. 4537, expanding workers’ compensation eligibility for emergency first responders and front-line workers by allowing them to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if they test positive.

Public Utilities Commission Response

In a letter to utilities, the Public Utilities Commission outlined voluntary actions, including an extension of the winter moratorium on service disconnections. In docket no. 20-375, over 100 utilities filed responses; monthly reports will track progress; and stakeholder submitted comments on potential policies. On April 14, the commission requested stakeholder comment on utility reports and potential policies. On April 23, Minnesota Power filed an emergency petition to suspend its $65.9 million rate increase request and lower its rates in May 2020.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Resources

Minnesota Department of Health resource page
Minnesota Covid-19 Information And Updates Site

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-20
HF 3532 : Revises the protections of those under quarantine. Pending.
SF 3813 : Permits a onetime transfer by the commissioner of management and budget of $20 million from the general fund to the public health response contingency account, for a public health response related to a potential outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. Enacted.
HF 4415 : Requires compensation for hourly employees for school days canceled due to COVID-19 during the 2019-2020 school year. Pending.
HF 4416 : Requires health plan companies to cover testing, and quarantine relating to COVID-19. Pending.
HF 4531 : Relates to state government; provides Coronavirus response efforts; establishes a Coronavirus Minnesota fund; modifies certain authorities; provides exemptions and extensions; modifies certain fees; eliminates refill timelines for opiate or narcotic pain relievers; extends due date for filing property tax appeals; modifies loan programs; provides for unemployment insurance for certain employees affected by Coronavirus; requires reports; appropriates money for Coronavirus response efforts. Enacted.
HF 4537 : Relates to workers' compensation; provides a presumption for coronavirus workers' compensation claims for certain employees; requires a report; authorizes an extension of the implementation date of the CAMPUS system. Enacted.
SF 4334 : Relates to public health; transfers $50 million for deposit in the public health response contingency account and $150 million to the health care response fund. Enacted.
SF 4425 : Modifies workers’ compensation and line of duty benefits for the safety of firefighters; includes quarantine due to disease exposure related to employment as a qualifying event for workers’ compensation coverage. Pending.
SF 4450 : Requests that Congress and the United States Secretary of Homeland Security extend the date for the full implementation of the Real ID Act and make related changes to federal law. Pending.
SF 4458 : Relates to providing a presumption for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims for certain employees; requiring a report; authorizing extension of the implementation date of the CAMPUS system; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 176.011, subdivision 15. Pending.
SF 4200 : Relates to human services, granting the commissioner of human services certain temporary emergency authority relating to COVID-19. Pending.
SF 4194 : Relates to health; modifies employee protections related to isolation and quarantine provisions. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Mississippi

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 15,752

Recovered: 11,203

Fatalities: 739

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID 19: Reconvening May 18.

Adjourned until further notice.

Elections

State primary runoff postponed until June 23.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 22: The Governor announced that he has extended the Safer at Home order for another week, while allowing outdoor recreation facilities to reopen with restrictions.

May 13: Gov. Tate Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1483 which eases restrictions in Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale Counties. The rest of the statewide Safer at Home Order remains in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020. For the listed counties, the executive order provides guidance for all businesses, retail businesses, and gatherings.
May 13: Gov. Tate Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1483 which eases restrictions in Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale Counties. The rest of the statewide Safer at Home Order remains in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020. For the listed counties, the executive order provides guidance for all businesses, retail businesses, and gatherings.

May 4: The Governor signed an Executive Order which amends the state’s Safer At Home order, until May 11. The Governor also laid out strict social distancing guidelines to begin the process of reopening restaurants and allowing outdoor recreation.

April 17: Gov. Reeves signed Executive Order No. 1473 which extends the statewide Shelter in Place until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020. The Order allow curbside or delivery services for non-essential businesses to resume operation, and is amended to allow beaches, state park lakes, state lakes, and reservoirs to re-open on a limited basis.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/31/2020 through 4/14/2020

Non Essential Business: May 27: The Governor announced that all businesses in the state can reopen as of June 1.

May 15: The Governor signed Executive Order 1486 which will allow more businesses to open, including dance studies, parks, and fishing tournaments.

May 8: Gov. Tate Reeves issued a new executive order extending Mississippi’s Safer At Home Order for an additional two weeks until 8 a.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020. The Order also purports to establish additional guidelines for businesses reopening like salons, barbershops, and gyms.

May 4: Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order laying out the next steps of Mississippi’s plan to slowly and safely reopen, which focuses on opening restaurants and outdoor recreation.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1465 which requires residents to shelter in place and to only leave home to engage in essential activities.

Economic Response

May 2: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced he is reconsidering reopening Mississippi after the state’s largest spike of COVID-19 deaths and cases. Gov. Tate Reeves was to proceed with his plan to get people back to work, but announced the change of plans on Friday as 397 new coronavirus cases were confirmed and 20 more people died.

April 24: Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order establishing a statewide Safer at Home order for Mississippi to continue protecting public health while beginning the process to safely reopen the state’s economy.

Small businesses eligible for federal relief loans from the SBA.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has suspended servicedisconnections and waived several filing requirements. Meetings arebeing held telephonically.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Mississippi Department of Health Coronavirus Resource Page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 1465
HB 1647 : Authorizes local governmental entities and local school districts to grant administrative leave with pay to the employees of those local governmental entities and local school districts in the event of certain disasters or emergencies. Enacted.
HCR 65 : Extends the 2020 regular session of the legislature for a period of thirty days from the final day of the one hundred twenty five day session to a specified date; authorizes the house and senate to adjourn for more than three days; provides that they shall reconvene on a specified date, unless the speaker and lieutenant governor jointly determine that it is not necessary to reconvene; authorizes the speaker and lieutenant governor to reconvene the house and senate before or after a specified date. Adopted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Missouri

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 13,438

Fatalities: 776

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID 19: Senate adjourned until April 23. House adjourned until April 24 technical session.

House to convene April 17 for a technical session. Senate to convene April 13.

Elections

All municipal elections postponed until June 2. (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: April 24: April 24: Governor Parson extended EO 20-02. The State of Emergency Operations Plan will remain in effect until June 15.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 16: The Governor announced that he is extending the state’s stay at home order until May 3. He also announced the state’s initial framework to help Missouri safely and gradually move into the recovery phase.

Stay at Home Order in effect 4/6/2020 through 4/24/2020

Non Essential Business: May 1: Missouri Governor Mike Parson highlighted Missouri’s four pillars of their “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan. Starting Monday, May 4, Missouri will begin a gradual reopening of their economy. Those pillars are:
• Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
• Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains
• Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity
• Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri’s public health data

Starting Monday, May 4, restaurants may open their dining rooms, but tables and seating must be spaced out by 6 feet. Additionally, retail businesses will be able to reopen but with limited capacity— stores under 10,000 square feet should limit the public to 25% of their authorized fire or building code occupancy, and stores over 10,000 square feet should limit the public to 10% if their occupancy. Barbershops, hair salons, gyms, community centers, aquatic centers and libraries will be allowed to open to the public so long as the establishment(s) adhere to social distancing measures.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 28: Gov. Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June 15, 2020. (Press Release)
• Resting on four essential pillars, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan is intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while helping Missouri recover economically:
o Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
o Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains
o Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity
o Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data

Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide stay at home order to avoid leaving their homes except for accessing essential services.

Economic Response

May 12: The Governor discussed the economic recovery portion of the “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan, including funding allotments from the paycheck protection program, and opportunities being explored to assist businesses with training and workforce needs.

April 27: Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan that outlines how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020 and extend through May 31, 2020. During phase one, citizens may begin to return to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements. Additionally, all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed.

Restaurants allowed to sell unprepared food to customers.

Small businesses eligible for federal relief loans from the SBA.

Public Utilities Commission Response

Additional Resources

Important Links

Missouri COVID-19 Resource

Legislative Actions

the Executive Order
HR 5497 : Resolves that school districts should take necessary steps to protect the health of children without fear of funding reductions or punishments for failing to meet minimum hours and school day levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
HR 5501 : Adopts certain guidelines for members of the Missouri House of Representatives conducting business on April 8, 2020 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Adopted.
HB 2010 : Appropriates money to address coronavirus preparedness and response. Pending.
HB 2014 : Appropriates $11 million from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Fund (CESF) to the Department of Public Safety for CESF grants; appropriates the following federal funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: $300 million to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, $200 million to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, and $1 billion to the Office of Administration, in addition to other appropriations. Enacted.

News

(1) STL Today, Emergency Aid Package in Limbo in Missouri Legislature [3/23/20]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Montana

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 519

Recovered: 456

Fatalities: 17

Hospitalizations: 65

State Capitol/Session Status

No regular session in 2020

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 19: Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana will move to the second phase of its "Reopening of the Big Sky" plan and lift the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine beginning June 1 as the state maintains the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/28/2020 through 4/10/2020

Non Essential Business: May 11: Governor Steve Bullock announced additional Phase One guidelines that will allow gyms and fitness studios, movie theaters and museums the option to reopen beginning Friday, May 15 as long as they adhere to strict guidelines limiting capacity, requiring social distancing, and imposing thorough sanitation requirements.

May 8: Directive implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 and providing for the
expansion of openings for certain businesses and facilities under Phase One. Part of this directive includes that effective May 15, 2020, the following businesses can become operational during Phase I under strict physical distancing and reduced capacity protocols in accordance with the Phase One Directive and the Guidance attached to this Directive:
o Gyms and fitness studios
o Pools at gyms
o Theaters, including movie theaters
o Museums

April 22: Governor Bullock issued a directive today to provide guidance on the phased reopening of Montana. Phase one allows specific types of employers/activities to reopen on April 26, starting with places of worship. His office also provided a three-phase presentation.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 22, 2020, Governor Bullock issued Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020, extending his earlier March 30, 2020 Directive suspending residential evictions and foreclosures.

Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive on Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 requiring residents to stay at home except for essential activities such as health and safety, necessary supplies and series, outdoor activity, certain types of work, and care of others.

Economic Response

State income tax deadline for payment and filing moved to July 15.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Montana Public Service Commission has resumed businessmeetings remotely, and has moved many of its operatins online. MostMontana utilities have issued voluntary service disconnectionmoratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Nebraska

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 14,101

Fatalities: 170

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned until further notice.

Elections

Scheduled for May 12 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 21: Nebraska Governor announced new directed health measures for June.
• Starting June 1, 2020, only individuals returning from international travel will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon coming back to Nebraska
• Limited and non-contact team sports, for both youth and adults, may resume practices on June 1, 2020 and games on June 18, 2020. Contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer, and wrestling remain prohibited. Rodeos may also begin June 1, 2020.
• In all counties except Dakota, Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties:
o Gatherings must be limited to the greater of 25 persons (excluding staff) or 25% of rated capacity
o Restaurants remain open for dine-in and bars can reopen. Bars and restaurants are limited to 50% of the rated occupancy, with a maximum of six persons per table
o Gyms, salons, barbershops, message therapy services, and tattoo parlors will be limited to the greater of 25 people (excluding staff) or 50% of rated capacity. In salons, barbershops, message therapy services, and tattoo parlors, workers and patrons will required to where masks at all times
• In Dakota, Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties:
o Gatherings, including gyms and event venues, remain subject to the 10-person limit
o salons, barbershops, message therapy services, and tattoo parlors can reopen, but are limited to 10 patrons. Both workers and patrons must wear masks
o restaurants can reopen for dine-in, up to 50% capacity, with a maximum of six persons per table
o bars must remain closed
o childcare facilities can have up to 15 kids per room/space, subject to usual staff-to-child ratios

May 8: Governor Pete Ricketts announced a regionally directed health measure for the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department that will relax some restrictions in the Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties as of May 13, 2020.

None Various start dates through 5/11/2020

Non Essential Business: May 11: Governor Pete Ricketts announced that less restrictive Directed Health Measures (DHMs) will take effect in three additional regions in southern Nebraska on May 18, 2020. The Governor also issued guidance to resume baseball and softball in June, with enhanced physical distancing measures in place for the safety of athletes, coaches, and spectators. Additionally, Governor Ricketts highlighted new business reopening guidelines posted online by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). These documents provide guidance to salons/barber shops, massage therapy services, body art services as they reopen.

April 29: The Governor announced that Nebraska will relax its directed health measures in the Lincoln/Lancaster County, West Central, and Three Rivers health districts as of May 11, 2020. At this time, dine-in services at restaurants and salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and massage therapy businesses will be permitted to initiate limited re-openings.

April 24: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a Media Release outlining the following changes in social gatherings and business operations, allowing many to re-open May 4th, including places of worship, restaurants, salons, tattoo parlors, childcare facilities, and more.
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Pete Ricketts issued a Guidance Document suggesting restrictions on gatherings of more than ten people for all of Nebraska. Fifty-six counties in Nebraska are under a Directed Health Measure which places restrictions on public gatherings, limits elective health and dental procedures, and requires bars and restaurants to close dining areas to the public.

Economic Response

Small businesses eligible for federal relief loans from the SBA.

State income tax deadline for payment and filing moved to July 15.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has closed its offices to thepublic, opened a COVID-19 docket, and moved its meetings online.Major utilities have issued voluntary service disconnection moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Resource page

Legislative Actions

the Directed Heath Measure
LB 1198 : Authorizes the State Treasurer to transfer $83,619,600 from the Cash Reserve Fund to the Governor's Emergency Cash fund, which will then be transferred to the Military Department for aid, related to COVID-19, in carring out the goals for the Governor's Emergency Program. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Nevada

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 8,688

Fatalities: 421

State Capitol/Session Status

No regular session in 2020

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Stay at Home Order in effect 3/31/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 7: Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada will begin to emerge from business shutdown at 12:01AM on Saturday. The reopenings include restaurants, barbershops and hair salons as well as most retail businesses, with certain guidelines and limitations. Bars, gaming establishments, gyms and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, will stay closed under Phase One reopening plan.

May 7: Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada will begin to emerge from business shutdown at 12:01AM on Saturday. The reopenings include restaurants, barbershops and hair salons as well as most retail businesses, with certain guidelines and limitations. Bars, gaming establishments, gyms and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, will stay closed under Phase One reopening plan.

April 28: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that their states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: April 28: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that their states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.

Governor Steve Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 010 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities and recreation.

Economic Response

May 15: COVID-19 Phase One Reopening - Industry-Specific Guidance issued (Revised)

Small businesses eligible for federal relief loans from the SBA.

Waiting period for unemployment benefits waived.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada has closed its offices and suspended hard copy mailings. Major utilities have issued voluntary service disconnections moratoria. On May 5, NV Energy proposed a new tariff structure for large consumers to stabilize energy rates based on the development of new renewable energy generation.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





New Hampshire

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 4,651

Recovered: 2,197

Fatalities: 245

Hospitalizations: 419

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned until April 10

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 15: Governor Chris Sununu today signed Executive Order 2020-09, which is the third extension of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04.

April 24: Governor Chris Sununu issues Executive Order 2020-08, extending the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04 for an additional period of 21 days.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Stay at Home Order in effect 3/27/2020 through 5/4/2020

Non Essential Business: May 1: New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu signed Emergency Order #40 extending and modifying Emergency Order #17 which dealt with the closure of non-essential businesses. Emergency Order #40 will remain in effect until May 31, 2020. Under Emergency Order #40,
• All business deemed “essential” in the order must, among other requirements outlined in Exhibit “B” of the order, (1) require all employees who are sick or not feeling well to stay to home; (2) develop a process for screening all employees reporting for work for COVID-19 related symptoms (as outlined in Exhibit “B” of the order); (3)strongly promote frequent hand hygiene and make readily available alcohol-based hand sanitizer; (4) implement workplace cleaning and disinfection practices; and (5) mitigate exposure by taking the following steps (as outlined in Exhibit “B” of the order)
• All businesses and other organizations not addressed in Exhibit “D” of the order or deemed “essential” must continue to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public
• All New Hampshire citizens shall continue to stay in their home or in their place of residence subject to the following exceptions listed in the order under point “6”
• Effective May 11, 2020, the following business may open if they operate according to the guidelines outlines in Exhibit “D” of the order
o Golf courses (may open to members and New Hampshire residents only)
o Barbers, hair salons, and other cosmetology businesses
o Drive-in movie theaters

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order 17 which requires citizens to stay at home except for essential activities.

Economic Response

April 21: The Governor announced the formation of the Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force, which will develop a plan and oversee the state and private sector actions needed to reopen New Hampshire’s economy while minimizing the adverse impact on public health.

Service disconnections prohibited for non-payment.

Evictions indefinitely suspended.

Immediate access to unemployment benefits for impacted claimants implemented.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has closed its offices to the public and encourages online filings. Governor Sununu's Emergency Order #3 banned service disconnections during COVID-19, and Eversource agreed to delay its $70 million rate increase case by three months. On April 24, New Hampshire Gov. Sununu issued an order which prevents new rate impacts, especially those rate increases, for the next 18 months.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





New Jersey

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 160,918

Fatalities: 11,721

State Capitol/Session Status

In session

Elections

All elections moved to July 7, postponed from June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: DeclaredMay 6: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 138 extending the public health emergency. The public health emergency will expire in 30 days unless renewed.

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 22: Governor Murphy issued an executive order increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people and allowing recreational campgrounds to reopen with social distancing measures in place. The limit on indoor gatherings remains at 10 people. The order takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

May 18: Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order No. 147, allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 a.m.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/21/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 19: New Jersey State Director of Emergency Management issued an administrative order authorizing in-person sales to resume at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The order will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

May 18: Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled his multi-stage approach to reopen New Jersey:
o Maximum Restrictions: most individuals staying at home and activity limited to essential tasks.
 Permitted activities and businesses are limited to:
• Emergency health care
• Essential construction
• Manufacturing
• Essential retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies
o Stage 1: Restrictions relaxed on low-risk activities if appropriately safeguarded. New Jersey is currently in this stage.
 Business operations may include:
• Non-essential, but easiest to safeguard, work activities at physical locations if they meet safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example, non-essential construction with protections.
• Some non-essential retail may open with significant modifications. For example, curbside pickup.
• All workers who can work from home continue to work from home even if their industry is reopening. For example, an office manager for a construction company.
o Stage 2: Restrictions are relaxed on additional activities that can be easily safeguarded.
 Business operations may include:
• More work activities are allowed at physical locations only if they adhere to safeguarding and modification guidelines. For example, work activities to be phased-in over the course of Stage 2 may include expanded retail, safeguarded restaurants with outdoor seating, limited personal care, and possibly indoor dining, museums, and libraries, all with significantly reduced capacity.
• All workers who can work from home continue to work from home. For example, a buying manager for restaurants.
• Some personal care services may be provided on a limited basis.
o Stage 3: Restrictions are relaxed on most activities with significant safeguarding.
 Business operations may include:
• More work activities, including in-person meetings, are allowed at physical locations only if they can adhere to safeguarding guidelines and modifications. For example, work activities to be phased-in over the course of Stage 3 may include expanded dining, critical in-office work, limited entertainment, expanded personal care, and bars with limited capacity.
• All workers who can work from home continue to work from home. For example, accounting office workers.
• Personal care services may be provided on a more extended basis.

May 16: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 146, which allows charter fishing services and for-hire vessel activities, as well as watercraft rental businesses, to open with required social distancing measures. These businesses can open on Sunday, May 17 at 6AM.

May 14: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 143 which permits beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place. The Order takes effect on Friday, May 22. The following shall remain closed on private and public beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores: water fountains, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, indoor recreational facilities, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers. There is an exception allowing bathrooms, showering areas, and changing areas to stay open.

May 13: Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Permitting Resumption of Non-Essential Construction, Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Businesses, and Gatherings in Cars.

April 29: Governor Murphy issued an executive order reopening state parks and golf courses and restoring the authority of county governments to determine whether county parks will be open or closed. The order takes effect on May 2, 2020.

April 27: Governor Murphy announced an Administrative Order clarifying which businesses are permitted to operate and ways in which certain businesses may operate in accordance with Executive Order 107. The Order states:
o Pet grooming businesses, pet daycare, and pet boarding businesses and stores that principally sell items necessary for religious observation or worship shall be considered essential retail businesses.
o Car dealerships may permit customers that have ordered and/or purchased a vehicle online or by phone to test drive the vehicle at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery, provided the dealership adopts social distancing policies.
o Licensees, owners, operators, employees, or independent contractors of personal care services facilities are not permitted to provide personal care services in their homes or homes of others.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 3: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

On May 1, 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey issued an Order, which requires a new mandatory Local Form Notice of Mortgage Forbearance will be implemented and required when filing a Forbearance Agreement.
Expiration Date: Until further notice

April 28: Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 131 which creates a 21-member commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation of New Jersey’s COVID-19 recovery.

Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities.
On April 24, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a Notice and Order, which suspends landlord/tenant trials and residential evictions but does not prevent landlord/tenant settlement negotiations, case management conferences, motions, and other proceedings from going forward.

Economic Response

April 27: Governor Murphy announced today his plan to restart New Jersey. The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health outlines six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring New Jersey’s economic health.
o Principle One: Demonstrate Sustained Reductions in New COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations
o Principle 2: Expand Testing Capacity
o Principle 3: Implement Robust Contact Tracing
o Principle 4: Secure Safe Places and Resources for Isolation and Quarantine
o Principle 5: Execute a Responsible Economic Restart
o Principle 6: Ensure New Jersey’s Resiliency

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has closed its offices to the public, mandated virtual filing procedures, and modified other administrative procedures. Major utilities have issued voluntary service disconnections moratoria. On May 1, the New Jersey BPU announced that the state considers solar projects “essential” under the governor’s emergency order 122. This declaration will allow residential and commercial projects to move forward.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
NJEDA: Information for NJ Businesses on the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Outbreak



Legislative Actions

Executive Order 107
SR 65 : Urges creation of federal COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund. Adopted.
AR 146 : Encourages licensed hospitals statewide to construct pre triage tends outside of their buildings. Pending.
AR 148 : Urges United States Congress to allow the Secretary of Agriculture to implement Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Pending.
AR 151 : Urges Governor to immediately rescind Executive Order No. 118, which closed all State parks and forests and county parks. Pending.
AR 152 : Urges Governor to reject toll increases proposed by state Turnpike Authority. Pending.
AR 153 : Denounces racism in the wake of COVID-19. Pending.
AJR 158 : Urges Federal Communications Commission to take temporary measures to secure broadband access for those affected by COVID-19. Enacted.
AJR 160 : Supports Chinese and Asian American communities and international partners during coronavirus disease 2019 epidemic. Pending.
ACR 165 : Urges Department of Human Services to apply for federal waivers to facilitate and increase access to SNAP benefits during coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Adopted.
ACR 167 : Urges Congress to pass Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Pending.
ACR 168 : Urges the federal government to extend "Real ID Act of 2005" deadline. Pending.
SB 2233 : Requires Medicaid coverage for testing and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019. Pending.
SB 2234 : Requires insurance coverage for testing and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019. Pending.
SB 2304 : Concerns family leave and disability benefits during epidemic related emergencies. Enacted.
SB 2307 : Establishes sales tax credit and sales tax holiday for portion of state of emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
SB 2331 : Assists inmates released from incarceration in obtaining necessary reentry benefits. Pending.
SB 2332 : Establishes "2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program"; appropriates $100 million. Pending.
SB 2333 : Provides civil and criminal immunity to certain health care professionals and health care facilities during public health emergency and state of emergency; facilitates issuance of certain temporary licenses and certifications during public health emergency and state of emergency. Eligible for Governor.
SB 2338 : "COVID-19 Fiscal Mitigation Act"; clarifies filing and payment deadline for CBT and GIT taxpayers, modifies duration of State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, requires certain updates and presentation for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. Pending.
SB 2345 : Requires refunds or credit for transient space reservations when public health emergency or state of emergency is in effect. Pending.
SB 2347 : Establishes Employment and Business-Related Tax Deferral Assistance Program in EDA to allow small businesses to defer the payment and remittance of certain employment and business-related taxes during COVID-19 public health emergency. Pending.
SB 2348 : Allows Corporation Business Tax and Gross Income Tax credits to certain taxpayers that retain employees during Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pending.
SB 2354 : Prohibits cancellation or nonrenewal of insurance for a period of at least 60 days under certain circumstances after declaration of public health emergency, or state of emergency, or both. Pending.
SB 2360 : Allows gross income tax deduction for charitable contributions to certain state-based charitable organizations during coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
SB 2361 : Establishes second degree crime of making credible threat to infect another with COVID-19 or similar infectious disease that triggered public emergency. Pending.
SB 2362 : Makes FY 2020 supplemental grants-in-aid appropriation of a specified amount to Department of Community Affairs for NJSHARES - S.M.A.R.T. Program to fund financial assistance grants to New Jersey residents who suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
SB 2363 : Authorizes the Governor to permit emergency rent suspension for certain small business tenants during COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible for Governor.
SB 2364 : Clarifies that local governments may accept certain electronic payments. Pending.
SB 2369 : Waives required physical presence of employee during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pending.
SB 2371 : Establishes the New Jersey Hospitality Emergency Loan Program in Economic Development Authority to provide no-interest loans to qualified small hospitality businesses; makes a specified amount of appropriation to Economic Development Authority. Pending.
SB 2374 : Concerns family leave benefits during epidemic-related emergencies. Eligible for Governor.
SB 2378 : Establishes a loan redemption program for those who provide health care services or health care related administrative services at approved sites during the coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
SB 2380 : Concerns employment benefits and coronavirus disease infections contracted by essential employees. Pending.
AB 3839 : Makes supplemental appropriation of up to $20 million from General Fund to Department of Education to support school facility cleaning and sanitization. Pending.
AB 3840 : Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers to students eligible for free and reduced price school meals during school closures due to COVID-19 epidemic. Enacted.
AB 3841 : Automatically extends time to file gross income tax or corporation business tax return if federal government extends filing or payment due date for federal returns. Eligible for Governor.
AB 3844 : Concerns business interruption insurance during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency. Pending.
AB 3843 : Requires health insurance and Medicaid coverage for testing of coronavirus disease 2019 and for telemedicine and telehealth during coronavirus disease 2019 state of emergency. Enacted.
AB 3845 : Authorizes Economic Development Authority to make grants during periods of emergency declared by Governor and for duration of economic disruptions due to emergency; allows Economic Development Authority to grant certain business documentation submission deadline extensions. Enacted.
AB 3847 : Provides paid leave without utilizing accumulated leave time for local government employees under certain circumstances. Pending.
AB 3848 : Concerns time off from work in connection with infectious disease. Enacted.
AB 3856 : Makes FY 2020 supplemental appropriation of $10 million for healthcare and residential facility sanitation due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Pending.
AB 3860 : Establishes certain requirements to use telemedicine and telehealth to respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Enacted.
AB 3846 : Creates the Temporary Lost Wage Unemployment Program; allows persons to claim for lost wages due to coronavirus disease 2019, and employers to pay wages to workers ordered under quarantine by licensed healthcare practitioner; appropriates a certain amount. Pending.
AB 3854 : Authorizes all licensed health care facilities and laboratories to collect specimens to test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); allows waiver of staffing ratio requirements. Enacted.
AB 3865 : Limits the return of items purchased from retail food stores during a state of emergency declared in response to COVID-19. Enacted.
AB 3878 : Prohibits electric, gas, or water public utility service discontinuances to residential customers during certain epidemics. Pending.
AB 3905 : Revises requirements for cash assistance benefits under Work First New Jersey program; appropriates $25 million. Pending.
AB 3906 : Requires State to lease hotel facilities as isolation centers for COVID-19 emergency. Pending.
AB 3908 : Creates the "COVID-19 Financial Security for Consumers Act." The Act includes guidance for officials to apply for certain waivers. Pending.
AB 3914 : Provides for employment, retention, and benefits during public health hazard posed by coronavirus disease 2019 of certain public employees. Pending.
AB 3919 : Extends certain permits during COVID-19 emergency. Pending.
AB 3927 : Requires institution of higher education to provide refund or credit to students for unused on-campus student housing and meal plans due to COVID-19 public health emergency. Pending.
AB 3929 : Permits taxpayers to file or make gross income tax, corporation business tax, or sales and use tax return or payment by a specified date without penalty. Pending.
AB 3930 : Excludes payments made for unemployment compensation benefits related to layoffs resulting from coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic from calculation of employer contribution for unemployment compensation benefits. Pending.
AB 3931 : Suspends local ordinances concerning single-use carryout bags, and prohibits use of reusable carryout bags in certain stores, during coronavirus disease state of emergency. Pending.
AB 3932 : Requires coronavirus disease 2019 testing for certain persons. Pending.
AB 3936 : Requires NJ Transit to refund customers or offer credit for certain tickets and passes due to COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
AB 3937 : Allows a 45 day extension for filing a return under the sales tax during state of emergency related to COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
AB 3941 : Provides for funds received from opioid litigation or settlements to be dedicated for use in financing substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs and services in New Jersey, in recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered treatment and recovery services and social support networks. Pending.
AB 3943 : Requires hospitals to report COVID-19 demographic data. Pending.
AB 3944 : Extends due date for third quarter property tax payments to a specified date without interest. Pending.
AB 3946 : Provides relief to students receiving State financial aid to address special circumstances due to 2020 health state of emergency. Pending.
AB 3948 : Concerns mortgage and loan forbearance, rent suspension, and consumer reporting during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pending.
AB 3949 : Prohibits consumer reporting agencies from making reports containing adverse information related to persons affected by coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pending.
AB 3951 : Provides civil immunity for employer for damages arising from employee's injury or death related to exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") during public health emergency and state of emergency declared by Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020. Pending.
AB 3953 : Requires hospitals to report coronavirus disease 2019 demographic data. Pending.
AB 3955 : Provides one-time deduction of a specified amount for certain taxpayers under Gross Income Tax (GIT). Pending.
AB 3956 : Provides relief to students receiving State financial aid to address special circumstances due to 2020 health state of emergency. Pending.
AB 3960 : Allows Corporation Business Tax and Gross Income Tax (GIT) tax credits to certain taxpayers that retain employees during COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
AB 3961 : Authorizes use of telemedicine and telehealth in connection with medicinal cannabis program for duration of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. Pending.
SR 64 : Urges financial institutions to provide forbearance for mortgage borrower during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Adopted.
AB 3938 : Excludes from severance requirements under "Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act" mass layoffs resulting from coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Pending.

News

Times Union, State legislature to utilize remote voting amid pandemic [3/30/20] Executive Order N. 105

Citations

(1) New York Times





New Mexico

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 7,689

Recovered: 2,835

Fatalities: 356

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned as planned. Out of session.

Elections

Moved to June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 7: Governor Grisham announced today that she extended a modified emergency declaration requested by the Mayor of Gallup through noon on Sunday, May 10.

May 4: Governor Michelle Grisham issued an executive order extending Gallup’s emergency declaration through noon on May 7, 2020 in order to continue aggressive physical distancing in the community.

May 1: Governor Grisham declares State of Emergency in the city of Gallup at the request of that city's Mayor. The Executive Order invoked the state’s Riot Control Act which authorizes her to enact further temporary restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This was to heed the Mayor of Gallup’s request to temporarily lock down the city to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Stay at Home Order in effect 3/24/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 28: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico’s emergency public health order will be extended and amended to permit indoor dining, hair salons, gyms and indoor shopping malls to reopen next week on a limited basis and in accordance with required COVID-Safe Practices. (Press Release)
• The amended emergency public health order will be executed and issued on Friday, May 29 with the following provisions:
o Restaurants, which were allowed to offer limited outdoor dining on Wednesday, May 27, may resume indoor seating at 50 percent maximum occupancy effective Monday, June 1.
 Bar and counter seating are still prohibited; to be served, customers must be seated at tables positioned at least 6 feet apart, per the amended emergency public health order.
o Gyms also will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy among other restrictions – including that group fitness classes are not permitted.
o Indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy.
 Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited.
 Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order.
 Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment.

May 27: New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s emergency health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday 27, 2020. Under the amended public health order, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy. The following applies:
• No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
• Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
• Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another.
• No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
• No bar or counter seating is permitted.
• Bars (as defined in the announcement) are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio service (but may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses).

May 15: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday urged New Mexicans to stay the course in the state’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 as a modified emergency public health order eases restrictions on retail operations and requires everyone to wear a cloth face covering in public, among other changes. The extended order also allows all retailers, beginning Saturday, to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code. In the interest of consistency, this now includes larger, “big box” retailers. A retailer is defined as any entity where the end-user or consumer is able to purchase a product within the retail space and does not include theaters, performance spaces, entertainment venues and does not yet include high-intensity contact services like dine-in at restaurants and bars, salons, gyms and tattoo parlors. Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible; Houses of worship beginning Saturday may also operate at 25 percent occupancy.

May 13: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced New Mexico’s emergency public health order, set to expire May 15, will be extended through May 31 and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.
• Beginning May 16:
o All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
o Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
o Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
o Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
o Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.

May 5: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today urged business owners to begin preparing for the first phase of reopening New Mexico while the state continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel has amended the state public health emergency order clarifying some of the steps businesses must take in order to operate. Beginning Wednesday, May 6, all large grocery and large retail spaces (those greater than 50,000 square feet in size) and all restaurants currently operating curbside and delivery service will be required to ensure that all employees have at least cloth face coverings. All employees must wear their face coverings in the workplace at all times when in the presence of others. Beginning Monday, May 11, all essential businesses of any size currently operating under the public health order must also comply with the face covering requirement. All employers are strongly encouraged to acquire the face coverings for all employees over the next week, in preparation for a potential Phase One reopening in mid-May. Otherwise they may not be able to operate in compliance with state requirements. Retailers will not be required to provide face coverings for customers but are encouraged to post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear their own masks. Retailers at their own discretion may require customers to wear masks.

May 2: New Mexicans are still instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued Public Health Emergency Order which requires residents to stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare.

Economic Response

Eligibility extended for unemployment benefits.

State income tax payment and filing deadline moved to July 15.

April 8, 2020 – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions announced one-time $750 grants to self-employed individuals facing economic displacement.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The New Mexico Public Regularion Commission has moved itsmeetings to livestreaming platforms and suspended requirements forpaper filing procedures. Major utilities have issued voluntary servicedisconnections moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





New York

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 371,711

Fatalities: 23,959

State Capitol/Session Status

Assembly last convened March 18. Senate adjourned until further notice.

Elections

NY AB 10173: Postpones the state's presidential primary until June 23 (1)

NY AB 10151: Shortens time frames related to petitions for the June 2020 primary election due to the coronavirus outbreak. Enacted

Presidential primary election moved to June 23. Moves special elections set for April 28 moved to June 23.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 23: Gov. Cuomo announced that Mid-Hudson Valley would meet all seven metrics for transition to Phase One of the state’s reopening plan on Tuesday, May 26th. The Valley is the eighth region of the state to meet the benchmarks.

May 16: Governor Cuomo announced today that horse racing statewide can start on June 1. These events will be permitted to operate without fans.

May 10: Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRose announced that “NY ON PAUSE” was not extended to June 6, 2020. NY ON PAUSE will expire on May 15, 2020, at which time new guidance will be issued for regions of New York based on the metrics outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

April 21: The Governor announced the state will take a regional approach to reopening and will make decisions on which counties and regions to open and when to open them based on the facts and the data specific to that area.
-April 16: Governor Cuomo extends "New York on PAUSE," the state's Stay-at-Home Order, extended through May 15, 2020.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/22/2020 until the executive order is rescindedMay 16: Governor Cuomo announced today that horse racing statewide can start on June 1. These events will be permitted to operate without fans.

Non Essential Business: May 26: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Mid-Hudson Valley has met all seven metrics to begin phase one of reopening. Mid-Hudson Valley includes Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, and Rockland counties.

May 20: Gov. Cuomo announced that the Capital Region has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting May 20th, and that Nassau County is eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care.

May 18: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Western New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting tomorrow, joining the Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions. Western New York has now identified enough contact tracers to meet the state's guidelines, and the tracers are being trained today in preparation for Western New York entering phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.


May 15: Governor also announced a multi-state agreement with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware to reopen beaches for Memorial Day Weekend. The Governor outlined specific conditions New York beaches must meet to reopen.

May 14: Governor Cuomo announced that Central New York has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15, joining the North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley Regions. If the trend continues, these five regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside puck up and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

May 13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that North Country has met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th, joining the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions.

May 11: Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that as of today, the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. If the trend continues, starting on May 15th, these three regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The North Country and Central NY regions have met 6 of the 7 metrics and could be ready at the end of the week. The Governor also announced that certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.

April 21: The Governor announced the state will take a regional approach to reopening and will make decisions on which counties and regions to open and when to open them based on the facts and the data specific to that area.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 4: Governor Cuomo outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open:
 New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average;
 Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases;
 Diagnostic Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month; and,
 Contact Tracing Capacity: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region.

May 3: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the New York State on PAUSE executive order which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities.

Economic Response

April 28: Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to re-open New York on a regional basis. The regional re-open includes 12 criteria:
o A 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate;
o Opening businesses in each region in phases; Phase One will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk;
o Each business must have a plan to protect employees and consumers;
o Each region must have at least 30 percent of hospital beds and ICU beds available;
o Each region must have a testing regimen that prioritizes symptomatic persons;
o There must be at least 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 people;
o Regions must present plans to have rooms available for people who test positive for COVID-19 and who cannot self-isolate;
o Regions must coordinate the re-opening of schools, transportation systems, testing and tracing with other surrounding regions; and
o Regions must continue to ensure protections are in place for essential workers.

April 26: Governor Cuomo outlined New York’s phased plan to re-open its economy. Once a region of New York experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate, it may begin a phased reopening. Governor Cuomo’s plan includes:
o Phase 1 will include opening construction and manufacturing businesses with low risk of infection.
o Phase 2 will be a business by business determination. Businesses considered “more essential” with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be opened first, followed by other businesses considered “less essential” or those that present a higher risk of infection spread.
o There will be 2 weeks between each phase
o Re-opening will be a multi-state coordination
o The region must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.


April 19: Governor Cuomo, along with the governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

One week waiting requirement waived for unemployment insurance applications.

90 day mortgage relief announced.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The New York Public Service Commission established four dockets to address COVID-19 issues; the dockets investigate interconnection deadlines, gas utility responses, gas line inspections, and customer bill impacts. On April 10, an additional docket was opened to investigate "austerity measures," similar to those taken in 2009, to pause certain programs (energy efficiency, EV development, renewables, etc.). The PSC also approved the delay of National Grid Upstate and New York American Water rate increases from April 1 to July 1. Governor Cuomo suspended service disconnections via an executive order.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

New York Department of Health Coronavirus Updates and Resources Page

Legislative Actions

the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order
SR 3108 : Provides for special temporary procedures during a declared state of national emergency. Adopted.
SB 7500 : Makes appropriations for the support of government – State Operations Budget, including funds for transfer by the governor for services and expenses related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Eligible for Governor.
SB 7503 : Makes appropriations for the support of government – Aid to Localities Budget, including funds to support the state response to COVID-19 related to elementary and secondary education, and public transportation services. Eligible for Governor.
SB 7506 : Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the state education, labor, housing and family assistance budget for the 2020-2021 state fiscal year, including several measures to respond to and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and to provide temporary relief to individuals. Enacted.
SB 7508 : Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the state transportation, economic development and environmental conservation budget for the 2020-2021 state fiscal year, including measures responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Enacted.
SB 7919 : Temporarily expands the definition of disaster in state law to include disease outbreak and permits the Governor to issue any directive necessary to respond to a state disaster emergency. Makes an appropriation of $40 million from the State Purposes Account of the General Fund for responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease. Enacted.
SB 8014 : Provides that certain schools receive tuition payments from the state for any period of time such schools are required to close in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Pending.
SB 8091 : Provides provisions for certain employee benefits when such employee is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Enacted.
SB 8107 : Requires SUNY and CUNY schools to refund students for housing credits and boarding charges used or charged for the period of time when such schools are closed or shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
SB 8110 : Establishes the small business containment assistance program; makes an appropriation therefor. Pending.
SB 8109 : Suspends mortgages and loans from state-chartered banks and state-chartered credit unions for small businesses and restaurants that have closed or reduced services due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pending.
SB 8117 : Relates to a presumption regarding impairment of health caused by COVID-19 and in relation to sick leave. Provides police, sheriffs, corrections, parole and probation officers with medical care coverage and sick leave if such employee is exposed to COVID-19 while working and then tests positive for COVID-19. Pending.
SB 8119 : Amends the transportation Law; relates to paratransit services within the state and city of New York during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Pending.
SB 8122 : Authorizes the New York city department of finance to extend until June 15, 2020, the deadline for the filing of applications and renewal applications for certain real property tax abatement programs in the interest of the health and safety of the public due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Pending.
SB 8123 : Permits any individual to receive free coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing; provides that such individuals may be tested anonymously and no identifying information shall be provided to any non-medical state or federal agency. Pending.
SB 8124 : Requires airlines and travel insurance companies to provide refunds for travel cancelled due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pending.
SB 8125 : Suspends all rent payments for certain residential tenants and small business commercial tenants if such tenant has lost employment or was forced to close their place of business and certain mortgage payments for landlords of such tenants in the state for ninety days following the effective date of this act in response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pending.
SB 8126 : Amends the Retirement & Social Security Law; relates to the retiree earnings cap for health care officials and workers during a declared public health related state of emergency declared by the governor. Pending.
SB 8139 : Relates to suspending rent payments for certain tenants in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Pending.
SB 8140 : Establishes a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program; implements a program of rental assistance in the form of emergency vouchers for eligible individuals or families; defines terms. Pending.
SB 8167 : Provides eligibility for unemployment benefits for certain persons under quarantine for coronavirus (COVID-19). Pending.
SB 8171 : Extends certain provisions relating to emergency medical treatment to individuals and non-profit organizations. Pending.
SB 8176 : Relates to eliminating all tolls on the New York state thruway for trucks and delivery vehicles transporting essential supplies in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pending.
SB 8179 : Relates to providing relief for business owners and employers affected by COVID-19. Pending.
SB 8182 : Authorizes licensed pharmacists to administer an approved vaccine for COVID-19. Pending.
SB 8184 : Establishes tiers of essential employees during a state of emergency. Pending.
SB 8186 : Establishes a $1000 COVID-19 convalescent plasma donation tax credit for taxpayers who donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma to a clinical laboratory or blood bank. Pending.
SB 8190 : Establishes the Emergency Coronavirus Affordable Housing Preservation Act of 2020. Pending.
SB 8192 : Provides that no default in the payment of rent due or judgment of possession shall be entered between March 7, 2020 and a date six months after the expiration of the state disaster emergency. Pending.
SB 8193 : Authorizes a municipality to provide for the payment of delinquent taxes. Pending.
SB 8195 : Creates a tax deduction up to five thousand dollars for transportation and personal protective equipment expenses of health care professionals and emergency medical technicians relating to the COVID-19 declared emergency. Pending.
SB 8196 : Establishes a tax credit for first responders during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. Pending.
AB 8686 : Establishes the empire state inclusive value ledger establishment and administration act to create a master account and system of individual wallets to make and receive payments to state entities and residents of the state; authorizes the disbursement of a portion of unclaimed remittances to workers who have been furloughed or unable to work due to Coronavirus. Pending.
AB 10169 : Amends the Election Law; authorizes absentee voting where a voter is unable ot averse to appear personally at the polling place because of an imminent, impending or urgent threat resulting from a disease outbreak, including but not limited to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pending.
AB 10182 : Extends the renewal of driver's licenses, non-driver identification cards and inspections of motor vehicles for three months. Pending.
AB 10204 : Amends the Retirement & Social Security Law; relates to the retiree earnings cap for health care workers during a declared public health related state of emergency declared by the governor. Pending.
AB 10207 : Establishes that all voting for the April 2020 presidential primary be conducted by absentee ballot; no application for such shall be necessary and the local board of elections shall provide such ballot at least 15 days prior to to April 28, 2020. Pending.
AB 10208 : Establishes the Coronavirus Pandemic Small Business and Not-For-Profit Organization Loan Program. Pending.
AB 10226 : Requires certain perils be covered under business interruption insurance during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Pending.
AB 10227 : Amends the Election Law; relates to moving the date of the presidential primary to June 23, 2020; permits absentee voting in the event of an imminent, impending or urgent threat resulting from a disease outbreak; removes certain presidential candidates and their delegates from primary ballot where the candidate has suspended their campaigns or removed themselves from consideration for election to such office. Pending.
AB 10239 : Establishes a coronavirus disease 2019 presumption for accidental disability retirement and accidental death benefits. Pending.
AB 10255 : Establishes a Coronavirus Emergency Small Landlord Assistance Fund; provides that local housing authorities shall provide assistance to owners of a real property portfolio whose tenants have had their rent payments suspended for the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of such properties. Pending.
AB 10261 : Suspends all student loan, mortgage, auto loan, credit card, and utility payments for ninety days in response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease. Pending.
AB 10266 : Enacts the Small Business Emergency Recovery Act; requires the Executive to direct all unallocated settlement funds that are reserved in the Economic Uncertainties Fund and any further settlement money that may be received by the state to small business relief purposes consistent with the intent of the Act; establishes the Small Business and Not for Profit Recovery Loan Program; relates to the coronavirus state of emergency. Pending.
AB 10290 : Provides that no default in the payment of rent due or judgment of possession shall be entered between March seventh, two thousand twenty and a date six months after the expiration of the state disaster emergency, as such term is defined in section twenty of the executive law, declared pursuant to executive order two hundred two of two thousand twenty, as amended. Pending.
SB 7996 & AB 10189 : Provides that school districts are entitled to an apportionment of state aid for the closure of schools due in response to the novel coronavirus, even when no state of emergency has been declared. Pending.
SB 8041 & AB 10172Amends the volunteer firefighters' benefit law and the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to COVID-19 exposure during a state of emergency. Pending.
SB 8090 & AB 10152 : Amends the Labor Law; provides requirements for sick leave and the provision of certain employee benefits when such employee is subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19; provides for sick leave. Pending.
SB 8112 & AB 10160 : Amends the Election Law; decreases the number of signatures needed for designating petitions and independent nominations by one-third for political subdivisions, wholly or in part, within a county in which one or more residents have been confirmed to be diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for year two thousand twenty. Pending.
SB 8118 & AB 10183 : Amends the General Business Law; prohibits negative credit reporting on consumers who have suffered financial harm as a result of the declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus. Pending.

News


Times Union, State legislature to utilize remote voting amid pandemic [3/30/20]

Citations

(1) New York Times





North Carolina

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 29,399

Recovered: 14,954

Fatalities: 944

State Capitol/Session Status

A North Carolina special House committee has been meeting about the state’s COVID-19 response where all lawmakers can connect to a video teleconference meeting. Starting April 14, video of remote committee meetings will be streamed on the General Assembly website via YouTube. (added 4/14/2020)

Elections

Congressional primary runoff election postponed to June 23.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 5: Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm.

April 23: Governor issues Executive Order No. 135, extending stay at home order until May 8 and orders limiting mass gatherings, requiring social distancing, and restricting visitation at long term care facilities.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/30/2020 through 4/29/2020

Non Essential Business: May 20: Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26. Executive Order No. 141 sets forth the following:
• Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.
• Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
• Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
• Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.
• Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.

May 15: Governor Doug Burgum announced today guidelines for large gatherings, banquets, ballrooms and event venues as part of the ND Smart Restart plan, while also outlining the plan as a phased approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 15: Gov. Burgum amended an executive order to strongly encourage the adoption of the large gathering protocols by recreational and sports arenas and music and entertainment venues, which had been closed under the previous order.

-April 9: The Governor issues an executive order strengthening social distancing requirements, streamlining benefits for the recently unemployed, and other Covid-19 details. Portions of the order requires retail stores that are still operating to implement additional social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees; mandates COVID-19 guidelines for nursing facilities; and implements changes intended to accelerate certain benefit payments to those who are recently unemployed.

-In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities.

Economic Response

April 23: The Governor announced the state’s plan to begin reopening the economy through a three-phased approach that centers on the following metrics:
1. Sustained leveling or decreased trajectory in COVID-like Illness (CLI) surveillance over 14 days;
2. Sustained leveling or decreased trajectory of lab-confirmed cases over 14 days;
3. Sustained leveling or decreased trajectory in percent of tests returning positive over 14 days; and
4. Sustained leveling or decreased trajectory in hospitalizations over 14 days.

Small businesses eligible to apply for federal disaster relief loans from the SBA.

State income tax payment and filing deadline moved to July 15.

April 9, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order strengthening social distancing requirements and streamlining benefits for the recently unemployed.

Implements changes intended to accelerate certain benefit payments to those who are recently unemployed.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has suspended servicedisconnections, mandated the creation of six-month payment plansfor affected customers, and created five dockets to address variousissues. The NCUC is also filing weekly updates on utility actions/datain docket no. M-100 Sub 158.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





North Dakota

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 2,625

Recovered: 1,959

Fatalities: 61

Hospitalizations: 150

State Capitol/Session Status

No regular session in 2020

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 15: Gov. Burgum amended an executive order to strongly encourage the adoption of the large gathering protocols by recreational and sports arenas and music and entertainment venues, which had been closed under the previous order.

None 3/20/2020 through 4/20/2020

Non Essential Business: May 22: Governor Doug Burgum issued an executive order strongly encouraging businesses to follow North Dakota’s Smart Restart guidelines, and allows schools to reopen for commencement ceremonies and recreational and music venues to reopen.

May 6: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued Executive Order 2020-06.5. Under the Executive Order, the following businesses may reopen on or after 8:00 a.m. May 1, 2020, subject to the conditions outlined in the “ND Smart Restart: Standards for All Industries” and the “ND Smart Restart Industry- specific standards (for each industry):
• Bars, breweries, restaurants and cafes can reopen for in-house dining or on-sale beverage service
• Salons operated by cosmetologists, nail technicians estheticians, barbers and tanning studios
• Tattoo and body piercing salons
• Massage therapy services
• Health clubs and athletic facilities
• Movie Theaters

April 29: Governor Doug Burgum issued an amended executive order providing additional guidance for businesses that are resuming or continuing operations under the “North Dakota Smart Restart” protocols developed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s order provides protocols for movie theaters, including limiting capacity and group sizes, allowing for proper spacing between groups, and staggering show times to decrease congestion in common areas. These businesses can begin to reopen at 8 a.m. on May 1, 2020 if the ND Smart Restart standard procedures and industry-specific rules are adopted and rigorously followed.


April 28: Gov. Doug Burgum released “North Dakota Smart Restart” protocols for businesses resuming or continuing operations. The protocols released include operating standards for all industries, as well as specific guidance for several high-contact business sectors that were closed or had access limited by Executive Order 2020-06.3, which is set to expire Thursday, April 30. Those high-contact sectors include restaurants and bars; hair, nail and tanning salons and other cosmetology-related businesses; tattoo and body piercing businesses; massage therapy facilities; and fitness centers. ND Smart Restart protocols will be provided for theaters within the next couple days, and for music/entertainment venues and large recreational facilities at a later date.


April 27: Governor Burgum announced today that he will lift restrictions that were placed on businesses while implementing new guidelines and standard operating procedures for businesses as they resume or continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The prior restrictions on businesses are set to expire on April 30. If favorable trends continue, he intends to let the order expire and on April 28, Phase 1 of the North Dakota Smart Restart Plan will be unveiled.

-April 15: Governor Doug Burgum issues amended executive order extending closures for an additional 10 days for businesses including recreational facilities, health clubs and athletic facilities; theaters, including movie theaters and music/entertainment venues; bars and restaurants except for take-out, delivery, curbside and drive-through; licensed cosmetologists, including salons and barber shops; and personal care services including tattoo parlors, tanning and massage facilities.

-Limited operation required – bars, restaurants
recreational facilities and entertainment venues.

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Doug Burgum Executive Orders 2020 06.1 and 06.2 which requires the closure of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, salons, barbers, and elective medical and dental procedures.

Economic Response

-April 15: Governor Doug Burgum issues amended executive order extending closures for an additional 10 days for businesses including recreational facilities, health clubs and athletic facilities; theaters, including movie theaters and music/entertainment venues; bars and restaurants except for take-out, delivery, curbside and drive-through; licensed cosmetologists, including salons and barber shops; and personal care services including tattoo parlors, tanning and massage facilities.

-All payments to the North Dakota Development Fund suspended for 30 days

Public Utilities Commission Response

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has closed its offices tothe public, limited administrative hearings to 10 individuals, andmoved commission meetings to livestream. Major utilities haveissued voluntary service disconnection moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Ohio

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 35,986

Fatalities: 2,209

Hospitalizations: 5,437

State Capitol/Session Status

In session. Next voting session on April 28.

Elections

Postponed from March 17 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 19: Governor DeWine lifts stay at home order. Non-essential and out-of-state travel will be allowed, although still discouraged. Ohioans returning from out-of-state will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they have a fever or otherwise show symptoms.

April 30: Ohio's "Stay Safe Ohio" stay at home order is extended through May 29, with certain exceptions.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 through 4/6/2020

Non Essential Business: May 21: Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced several new sector opening dates in Ohio:
• Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols.
• Beginning Tuesday, May 26, 2020, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited.
• Beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, catering and banquet centers may reopen if they can meet required safety protocols. Protocols include six feet between tables, no congregating, and a crowd size of no more than 300 people.


May 14: On May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. On Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. On Tuesday, May 26 the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Gyms, public pools, and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. On the same day, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate but this applies only to non-contact and limited contact sports. Horse racing will also be permitted to operate beginning on May 22 without spectators.

May 12: The Lt. Governor announced that sectors licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, including massage therapy, acupuncture, and cosmetic therapy will be permitted to reopen on May 15 with the implementation of proper safety measures.

May 7: Governor DeWine announced the next phase of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan as it relates to restaurants, bars, and personal care services. Outdoor dining will be permitted to reopen on May 15 and dine-in service can begin on May 21. Hair salons, barbershops, day spas, nail salons, and tanning facilities may reopen on May 15.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Mike DeWine’s administration issued a Health Director’s Order requiring residents to stay at home. On April 2nd, Governor DeWine extended the stay at home order through May 1st.

Economic Response

April 16: The Governor announced the state will begin a phased reopening of the state economy on May 1.

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

April 8, 2020 – The Governor requested the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to provide $1.6 billion to Ohio employers, equal to 100 percent of the premium employers paid in policy year 2018.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has opened a docket toaddress commission operations, marketing activities, and costrecovery concerns. PUCO also directed utilities to review their servicedisconnection policies and request waivers as needed; major utilitieshave implemented disconnection moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Ohio Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resources page

Legislative Actions

the Health Director’s Order
SCR 12 : Denounces discriminatory words and deeds resulting from COVID-19. Pending.
SB 294 : Extends absent vote by mail to April 28. Pending.
SB 298 : Makes COVID-19 website available in multiple languages. Pending.
SB 299 : Provides paid leave to quarantined workers and to create a grant program to compensate contract who cannot perform services during public health emergencies. Pending.
SB 301 : Changes the Consumer Sales Practices Act to prohibit price gouging; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 197 : Amends several codes to continue essential operations of state government and maintain the continuity of the state tax code in response to the declared pandemic and global health emergency related to COVID-19; makes appropriations; declares an emergency; expands unemployment benefits for individuals out of work due to COVID-19; extends absentee voting for the Ohio primary to April 28; extends the deadline to file income tax forms to July 15. Enacted.
HB 557 : Authorizes public bodies to meet via teleconference and video conference during a public health state of emergency as declared by the Governor; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 563 : Requires notice of EMT transport of a contagious patient. Pending.
HB 565 : Extends income tax filing deadline. Pending.
HB 567 : Authorizes partially refundable earned income tax credit. Pending.
HB 574 : Transfers and appropriates money for unemployment compensation. Pending.
HB 576 : Suspends homestead interest penalty and foreclosure. Pending.
HB 578 : Supports homeless shelters and rent assistance due to COVID-19. Pending.
HB 580 : Requires health plan issuers cover telemedicine in emergency. Pending.
HB 581 : States the General Assembly intends to enact legislation addressing the urgent needs of the state related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HB 585 : Waives certain primary and secondary education requirements to account for school closings in compliance with the Director of Health's order due to the implications of COVID-19; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 590 : Prohibits price gouging after a declaration of an emergency; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 591 : Suspends some employer municipal income tax withholding requirements during the COVID-19 state of emergency; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 592 : Appropriates $10 million to the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pending.
HB 593 : Requires paid leave for an employee who is unable to work due to quarantine or mandatory isolation; creates a grant program to compensate contract workers who cannot perform services during public health emergencies; makes an appropriation; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 594 : Regards re-employment of a retirant as a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical worker during a state of emergency; allows a deferred retirement option plan participant to work past the participant's employment end date during a state of emergency; declares an emergency. Pending.
HB 598 : Temporarily authorizes emergency medical technicians to perform certain medical services in hospitals and to declare an emergency. Pending.
HB 599 : Requires, during the period of the emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D issued on March 9, 2020, and for six months thereafter, prompt notification of an emergency medical services worker or funeral services worker who has treated, handled, or transported a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 and to declare an emergency. Pending.
HB 600 : Authorizes a person who has had a valid commercial driver's license to drive an ambulance during the state of emergency due to COVID-19 and to declare an emergency. Pending.
HB 603 : Requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to waive interest rates and suspend payments on state student loan programs for up to sixty days, to require the Chancellor to conduct a study to assist institutions of higher education and students during the COVID-19 outbreak, and to declare an emergency. Pending.
HB 605 : Amends the Revised Code to make COVID-19 contracted by an employee of a retail food establishment or food processing establishment an occupational disease under the Workers’ Compensation Law under certain circumstances. Pending.
HB 606 : Grants civil immunity to a person who provides services for essential businesses and operations for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of COVID-19 during the period of emergency declared by Executive Order 2020-01D, issued on March 9, 2020, and to declare an emergency. Pending.

News

The Chronicle | Ohio House Bill could allow virtual public meetings [3/19/20]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Oklahoma

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 6,530

Recovered: 5,492

Fatalities: 334

State Capitol/Session Status

Reconvened regular session April 6.

• Legislative session suspended indefinitely.

• The Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference. (1)

Elections

Counties required to postpone elections that were scheduled for April 7.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: April 24: Governor declares that all 77 counties of Oklahoma included in the State of Emergency declaration. This Fourth Amended Executive Order instructs all businesses to adhere to the statewide “Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan” unless the local municipality in which the business is located has more stringent guidelines.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses in counties with reported community spread

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Kevin Stitt issued Executive Order 2020-07 and amendments to the order which includes a stay at home order for adults over 65, requires the closure of non-essential business, and places restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Economic Response

April 22: The Governor announced the Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan, which is a three-phased approach to reopen the state’s economy. The statewide plan is:
(1) Based on scientific modeling from public health experts;
(2) Intended to mitigate risk of resurgence;
(3) Intended to protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens from the threat of COVID-19; and
(4) Intended for businesses and individuals to utilize in conjunction with guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

April 9, 2020 – The Governor signed SB 1053 and SB 617, fully funding the state government through the month of April.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Oklahoma Corporations Commission has closed its offices and omved commissioner meetings to livestream. Additionally, the commission has issued an order permitting oil producers/operators to shut-in their oversupplied oil. Major utilities have issued voluntary service disconnections moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Oklahoma Department of Health COVID-19 Updates and News

Legislative Actions

the Executive Order 2020-07 and its amendments
HCR 1017 : Relates to adjournment of the legislature for a period in excess of 3 days. Adopted.
HR 1033 : Relates to declaring emergency conditions under the House Rules. Adopted.
SB 1053 : Appropriates $201 million from the Constitutional Reserve Fund to the Revenue Stabilization Fund in response to the coronavirus public health emergency. Enacted.
SCR 17 : A Resolution providing for the suspension of Senate Rules for the duration of the 2nd Regular Session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature. Adopted.

News

Tulsa World | Oklahoma Governor signs bill allowing public bodies to meet virtually amid social distancing directives [3/18/20]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Oregon

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 4,243

Recovered: 2,152

Fatalities: 153

Hospitalizations: 740

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned as planned. Out of session.

Elections

Scheduled May 19 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 28: Gov. Kate Brown announced that Washington County was eligible to enter Phase I of reopening on Monday, June 1 under her framework.

May 18: The Oregon Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling after a Baker County judge ruled earlier in the day that Gov. Kate Brown erred by not seeking legislature approval to extend that state’s stay-at-home orders beyond the 28-day limit. The ruling granted the state’s emergency motion, which will hold the order in effect until the full Oregon Supreme Court can consider the injunction petitions.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: -April 14: Governor introduces framework for Reopening Oregon: a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy communities. Once certain prerequisites are met, Oregon can begin to reopen by:(1) ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity in every region of Oregon; (2)developing robust contact tracing systems to track and contain COVID-19 cases; and (3)
establishing a quarantine and isolation program for new cases.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 14: Governor Brown announced counties that can begin entering Phase I of reopening on May 15. Of the 33 counties that applied to reopen, 28 counties were approved.
• In counties not entering Phase I the following guidelines take effect or remain in effect beginning May 15:
o Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
o Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
o Stand alone retail operations are open provided they meet required safety and physical distancing guidelines.
o Indoor and outdoor malls are closed.
o Local outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks.
o Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
o Local cultural, civic and faith gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people provided physical distancing can be in place.
o Local social gatherings over 10 people are prohibited and those under 10 people must use physical distancing.
o Personal care services such as salons and barbers, as well as gyms, are closed.
o Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
o Summer camp and summer school program guidelines are forthcoming.
• In counties approved for Phase I, the following additional areas can operate if they comply with sector-specific health and safety guidance beginning May 15:
o Restaurants, bars, and other such establishments for dine-in service until 10 pm
o Personal services businesses
o All retail businesses, including malls and shopping centers
o Gyms and other fitness facilities
o Local gatherings of up to 25 people
• Gyms and Fitness Guidance
o Gyms and other fitness facilities in counties that have reopened for Phase I will be required to follow new health and safety guidance as well.

May 5: Governor Kate Brown today announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use, effective today.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 18: The Oregon Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling after a Baker County judge ruled earlier in the day that Gov. Kate Brown erred by not seeking legislature approval to extend that state’s stay-at-home orders beyond the 28-day limit. The ruling granted the state’s emergency motion, which will hold the order in effect until the full Oregon Supreme Court can consider the injunction petitions.

Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12 which requires residents to stay at home to the maximum extent possible.

Economic Response

May 7: Governor. Brown announced new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon. This includes new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. Next week, Governor Brown will issue guidance on transit, certain child care, summer school, and summer camps and youth programs.
o Guidance on reopening calls for widespread use of face coverings, maintaining physical distance of six feet between individuals as much as possible, and following good hygiene and disinfection practices.
o Some counties will be eligible to begin the limited reopening of additional business sectors beginning as early as May 15 if they demonstrated they have met all the prerequisites for reopening. Counties must:
 Show a decline in COVID-19 or have fewer than 5 hospitalizations
 Have sufficient COVID-19 testing and contact tracing capability
 Establish plans for the isolation and quarantine of new cases
 Have the hospital capacity to handle any surge in COVID-19 cases
 Have enough personal protective equipment for health care workers.
o Counties that meet the above criteria will be eligible to enter Phase I of reopening on May 15. These counties can begin the limited reopening of the following sectors under specific safety guidelines:
 Restaurants and bars for sit-down service
 Personal care and services businesses, including barbers and salons
 In-person gatherings of up to 25 people
o Counties must remain in Phase I for at least 21 days before becoming eligible to advance to Phase II.

April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

90 day moratorium on residential evictions.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Oregon Public Utility Commission has directed employees to telework, and meetings are accessible by telephone only. remain open but have modified operations with the majority of staff working remotely. Major utilities have issued voluntary service disconnection moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Pennsylvania

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 72,282

Fatalities: 5,567

State Capitol/Session Status

· Senate suspended indefinitely as of March 15.

· The House passed temporary rules on March 16 allowing members to vote remotely, essentially putting the 203-member body on an indefinite work-from-home policy.
· Members of a House committee cast their first remote votes on March 23.

Updated: 4/1 (1)

Elections

State primary postponed until June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 15: Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 additional Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Twenty-four counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening on May 8 and another 13 moved to yellow beginning today.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 28: Gov. Tom Wolf signed an amended order adding eight additional counties to the “yellow phase” effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.

May 26: Governor Tom Wolf announced Centre County will move to green phase Friday, May 29, 2020. The following counties are expected to move to the yellow phase of Pennsylvania’s re-opening by June 5, 2020: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

May 7: Governor Wolf extended the stay-at-home order for all red counties to June 4. He intends to announce additional counties to move into the yellow phase tomorrow, May 8.

April 23: Governor Wolf announced his detailed plan for reopening Pennsylvania with a targeted start date of May 8. There are three reopening phases: red, yellow, and green. The phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties, or region. The red phase currently applies to the whole state. Governor Wolf announced that the roll-out from the red phase to the yellow phase will take place in North-Central and Northwest Pennsylvania.

April 20: Governor Wolf extends statewide stay-at-home order until Friday, May 8, 2020.

April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

-April 14: Governor introduces framework for Reopening Oregon: a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy communities. Once certain prerequisites are met, Oregon can begin to reopen by:(1) ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity in every region of Oregon; (2)developing robust contact tracing systems to track and contain COVID-19 cases; and (3)
establishing a quarantine and isolation program for new cases.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 27: The Governor issued an executive order to elaborate on the reopening process for green phase counties and guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties, and professional sports in yellow counties.

May 22: Governor Tom Wolf announced that eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 to green, effective at 12:01 a.m., May 29. All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m.
o The counties moving to yellow on May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill.
o The 17 counties moving to green, also on May 29, include Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.
o Counties that remain in red on May 29 and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

May 19: Governor Tom Wolf announced that businesses and employees in the real estate industry may now conduct limited business-related activities statewide. Wolf provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties.

May 11: Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman today reminded businesses of the importance of complying with Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine's orders – for counties in both the red and yellow phases. In addition to the critical public health objectives, Commissioner Altman warned non-compliant businesses defying the governor and secretary's business closure orders that many insurance policies contain provisions that exclude coverage for businesses or individuals engaging in illegal acts or conduct. These exclusions may apply to property coverage, liability coverage, advertising injury coverage, and a host of other essential coverages.

May 8: Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

May 8: Gov. Wolf also announced guidance for buildings closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the days leading up to reopening, building owners should:
o Develop a flushing plan
o Flush the entire building

May 4: Governor Wolf issued guidance detailing procedures businesses must follow to conduct in-person operations in counties slated to move to the yellow phase of reopening on May 8, 2020. Under the yellow phase, life-sustaining businesses that could not conduct either all or part of their operations via telework will continue to conduct their operations in-person, and many non-life sustaining businesses will be permitted to restart their in-person operations through the loosening of some restrictions under the stay-at-home and business closure orders. In counties that have been designated as in the yellow phase, all businesses, except those categories specifically listed as remaining closed in the governor’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania, are permitted to conduct in-person operations, as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance.


May 1: Governor Wolf announced today the limited reopening of 24 out of 67 counties in northwest and north-central Pennsylvania. These counties are moving from the “red” to “yellow” phase in the Governor’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.” The guidance for businesses reopening in these counties will be released on Monday. The counties moving to the yellow phase are as follows: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.
• All reopening decisions follow the six standards outlined in the governor’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania. These include adhering to:
o Data-driven and quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopening.
o Clear guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers for assured accountability.
o Adequate and available personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing.
o A monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.
o Protections for vulnerable populations such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.
o Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations.


April 27: Governor Wolf announced today that starting on Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow the updated life-sustaining business guidance. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed until May 14.

April 25: In consultation with public health professionals and in an effort to simplify and to better capture growth, decline, or stability, the Wolf Administration elaborated on the Department of Health metrics and included an example to aid in calculation. A target goal for reopening has been set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population reported to the department in the previous 14 days. So, for example, an area with a population of 800,000 people would need to have fewer than 400 new confirmed cases reported in the past 14 days to meet the target. An assessment will determine if the target goal has been met. The administration will work closely with county and local governments to enable the communities to reopen and transition back to work.

April 23: Governor Wolf announced his detailed plan for reopening Pennsylvania with a targeted start date of May 8. There are three reopening phases: red, yellow, and green. The phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties, or region. The red phase currently applies to the whole state. Governor Wolf announced that the roll-out from the red phase to the yellow phase will take place in North-Central and Northwest Pennsylvania.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, barsApril 27: Governor Wolf announced today that starting on Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow the updated life-sustaining business guidance. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed until May 14.

Schools: Closed

Misc: ​May 3: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

On April 28, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an Order extending in part its earlier April 1, 2020 and March 18, 2020 Orders, which provides that most residential evictions, ejectments, or other displacements are ceased. The April 28, 2020 Order, however, includes that following this Order the suspensions will end.
Expiration Date: May 11, 2020

April 17: Governor Wolf announces a “Plan for Pennsylvania” that is intended to provide citizens and businesses relief. The Plan is a three phase approach: (1) relief; (2) reopening; and (3) recovery.

-April 15: Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Department of Health, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations. Enforcement of the order will begin on April 19 at 8:00 p.m. The order establishes protocols to help employees maintain a social distance at work, procedures that must be implemented by businesses upon discovery of an exposure to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, and protective measures that must be implemented by businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area.

-Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order requiring residents to stay at home except for essential individual activities.

Economic Response

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

Small businesses may now apply for disaster relief funds through Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority's Small Business First Fund: COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission has established threedocket to house its emergency COVID-19 orders. Orders address amandatory service disconnection moratorium, suspension ofdeadlines and filing requirements, and suspension of certainmarketing activities.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Resources and Updates page

Legislative Actions

the executive order
HB 68 : Amends the Unemployment Compensation Law; provides for unemployment compensation benefit notification by employers; requires employers to provide notification of the availability of unemployment compensation to employees at time of separation from employment; sets forth emergency provisions related to COVID 19. Enacted.
SR 323 : Terminating the disaster emergency declared in response to the cases of COVID-19. Pending.
HR 834 : Adopts temporary Rules of the House of Representatives relating to roll call votes, to voting meetings of committees, to consideration of bills, to third consideration and final passage bills, to conference committee reports and to electronic mass communication. Adopted.
HR 836 : Terminates the disaster emergency declared in response to the cases of COVID-19. Pending.
HR 842 : Urges the Congress of the United States to facilitate payment to insurance companies through Federal stimulus funds for the reimbursement of costs associated with the payment of claims made on business interruption insurance policies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
HB 1232 : Amends the Fiscal Code, providing for emergency finance and tax provisions; in additional special funds, providing for COVID-19 response transfers and for the Enhanced Revenue Collection Account; in 2018-2019 budget implementation, further providing for Department of Revenue; and making an editorial change. Enacted.
SB 327 : Amends the Administrative Code, providing for COVID-19 emergency statutory and regulatory suspensions and waivers reporting requirements, for COVID-19 debt cost reduction review and for COVID-19 Cost and Recovery Task Force; in powers and duties of the Department of General Services and its departmental administrative and advisory boards and commissions, providing for report of State facilities owned or leased; and making an appropriation. Pending.
SB 422 : Amends the State Election Code; provides for county boards of election; provides for powers and duties of county boards; provides for forms of ballot, printing ballots and numbers; provides for election day procedures and conduct of primaries and elections; provides for manner of applying to vote; sets forth emergency provisions for the 2020 General Primary Election in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Enacted.
SB 613 : Repeals provisions relating to employees with access to Federal tax information; provides for criminal history background checks of employees and contractors with access to Federal tax information; and providing for COVID-19 emergency mitigation plan for businesses. Pending.
SB 751 : Amends the Public School . Code; relates to school professional employees; makes certain provisions applicable to private and parochial schools; provides for persons to be suspended; provides for a revised rating system; provides for the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 by authorizing the closure of schools. Enacted.
SB 841 : Provided for the Health Care Cost Containment Council, for its powers and duties, for health care cost containment through the collection and dissemination of data, for public accountability of health care costs and for health care for the indigent; providing for COVID-19 disaster emergency; in local organizations and services, further providing for general authority of political subdivisions; and, in Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act, further providing for heading of chapter, for short title of chapter, for definitions, for applicability and for form of unsworn declaration. Pending.
SB 1096 : Transfers all deposits made to the state general fund to the Small Business First Fund for the remainder of the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency proclaimed by the Governor. Pending.
SB 1100 : Relates to emergency finance and tax provisions; exempts a payment received by an individual from the United States through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) from being included as income of the individual for the 2020 tax year for the purposes of the Insurance Company Law of 1921, the Housing Finance Agency Law, and the Human Services Code, among others. Pending.
SB 1101 : Provides for pandemic of 2020 guidelines for food establishments. Pending.
SB 1102 : Provides for pandemic of 2020 guidelines for grocery stores. Pending.
SB 1103 : Provides for a return to business operations under safety conditions; imposes sanctions; provides for functions of the Department of Health and the Legislative Reference Bureau. Pending.
SB 1104 : Relates to emergency finance and tax provisions; exempts a payment received by an individual from the United States through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) from being included in the income, earned income or taxable income of the individual for the 2020 tax year for the purpose of the Local Tax Enabling Act, the Tax Reform Code and the Taxpayer Relief Act. Pending.
SB 1106 : Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law Heart and Lung Act; provides for disability benefits for a person who contracts or is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is subject to quarantine resulting from exposure to COVID-19. Pending.
SB 1108 : Enacts the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2019. Pending.
SB 1109 : Establishes public health emergency leave. Pending.
HB 2369 : Relates to the Job Enhancement Act, in Community Development Bank Grant and Loan Program; provides for authority loans; makes appropriations. Pending.
HB 2372 : Provides for insurance coverage for business interruption concerning the coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
HB 2374 : Provides for COVID-19 Crisis Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. Pending.
HB 2386 : Provides for COVID-19 disaster emergency business interruption grants. Pending.
HB 2388 : An Act amending The Administrative Code of 1929, providing for emergency COVID-19 provisions that allow car dealerships to remain open during the crisis. Pending.
HB 2390 : Prohibits return of groceries and other foodstuffs during COVID-19 disaster emergency. Pending.
HB 2396 : Provides for work related hazardous duty. Pending.
HB 2399 : Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law; provides for disability benefits. Pending.
HB 2400 : Directs the Secretary of Community and Economic Development to immediately issue a waiver to the Governor TWW COVID 19 Business Closure Order to all public and private construction activities that can adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control to protect workers and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Pending.

News

Morning Call | PA House Panel Takes First Step to Delay Primary Election [3/23/2020]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Rhode Island

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 14,991

Recovered: 1,252

Fatalities: 720

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Canceled session and committees through May 1.

COVID-19: Canceled session and committees through April 24.

Legislative session suspended until at least March 30.

Elections

Primary postponed until June 2. Orders election to be conducted by mail as much as possible. (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 27: Gov. Gina Raimondo issued the Thirty-Fifth Supplemental Emergency Declaration which extends the state of emergency until June 26, 2020.

May 15: Governor Gina Raimondo indicated in her daily news conference that "phase 2" of recovery would not occur before at least June.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 7: Executive Orders (20-02, 20-03, 20-06, 20-07, 20-16, 20-17, 20-19, 20-20 and 20-22) shall remain in full force and effect until June 5, 2020 unless renewed, modified or terminated by subsequent Executive Orders. This extends the state of emergency and quarantine requirements for out of state visitors, among others.

April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

-April 14: Governor introduces framework for Reopening Oregon: a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy communities. Once certain prerequisites are met, Oregon can begin to reopen by:(1) ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity in every region of Oregon; (2)developing robust contact tracing systems to track and contain COVID-19 cases; and (3)
establishing a quarantine and isolation program for new cases.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 until the executive order is rescindedMay 7: Executive Orders (20-02, 20-03, 20-06, 20-07, 20-16, 20-17, 20-19, 20-20 and 20-22) shall remain in full force and effect until June 5, 2020 unless renewed, modified or terminated by subsequent Executive Orders. This extends the state of emergency and quarantine requirements for out of state visitors, among others.

May 7: Executive Orders (20-02, 20-03, 20-06, 20-07, 20-16, 20-17, 20-19, 20-20 and 20-22) shall remain in full force and effect until June 5, 2020 unless renewed, modified or terminated by subsequent Executive Orders. This extends the state of emergency and quarantine requirements for out of state visitors, among others.

Non Essential Business: May 18: Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that state beaches will begin to open on Memorial Day, but in a limited capacity. The restrictions include reduced parking, and bathrooms and concessions will remain closed. In addition, Gov. Raimondo also announced that she and Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut are coordinating timelines for reopening hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June.

May 11: Governor Gina Raimondo will allow restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining only next Monday, the latest action the state is taking to ease the social distancing restrictions that left thousands of service industry employees out of work as the coronavirus struck Rhode Island over the past two months.

May 8: Governor Gina Raimondo issued an executive order (1) lifting Rhode Island’s stay-at-home order while leaving certain domestic travel restrictions in place, (2) encouraging all Rhode Island residents to continue to work from home to the extent possible, (3) maintaining the previously-issued social gathering limit at five people, (4) authorizing limited re-openings for non-critical retail businesses with stringent health regulations, (5) providing further relief for restaurants, (6) permitting elective medical procedures to resume, (7) authorizing the Department of Environmental Management to begin reopening state parks, (8) maintaining previous orders for recreation and entertainment establishments and close-contact businesses to cease in-person operations, and (9) establishing an enforcement task force to enforce emergency regulations containing health and safety requirements for the business and governmental entities subject to the order. The order is effective as of May 9, 2020 and will remain in effect until May 23, 2020.

Closure required – non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 3: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing.

Governor Gina Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-13 requiring residents to stay at home unless traveling to work, traveling for medical treatment or obtaining necessities (food, medicine, gas, etc.). Rhode Island residents may still go outside to exercise and get fresh air, however, they must practice social distancing while outside and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others.

Economic Response

May 4: The Governor outlined additional details on Phase I of the state’s plan to reopen the economy, including guidance for retail, offices, restaurants, and health care providers.

April 27: In a news conference, Governor Raimondo announced her plan for reopening the economy. She said she hoped to lift the stay-at-home order in two weeks if signs were pointing to coronavirus reaching a plateau. She said she would begin the reopening using a phased approach starting on May 9 if the state sees a downward trend in cases and hospitalizations. Phase one includes:
o Resumption of some businesses and social activity on a limited basis with significant restrictions
o Social gatherings of 10 or fewer people and the opening of parks and public spaces
o Some child care centers will be allowed to open
o That people who work from home will be required to continue to do so.
o Retail stores will be able to offer in-store pick up in addition to curbside pick up and delivery.

April 19: The Governor, along with the governors of Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include a health expert, an economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state.

April 13: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Delaware Governor John Carney today announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the states’ ongoing regional approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordinating group – comprised of one health expert, one economic development expert and the respective chief of staff from each state – will work together to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.

Moved state income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Rhode Island Pubic Utilities Commission has moved meetings todigital platforms and suspended service disconnections.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Rhode Island DOH COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 20-13
SR 2770 : Requests that President Donald Trump declare a National Emergency for the Coronavirus Pandemic. Adopted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





South Carolina

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 11,861

Recovered: 6,459

Fatalities: 494

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Reconvening May 12.

adjourned until further notice

Elections

Schools closed. National Guard activated. Gatherings limited to less than 50. Bars and restaurants closed.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: April 27: Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-29 today which declares a state of emergency throughout the state. His previous order that was issued on April 12 expired today. All existing orders remain in effect with the new state of emergency. The state of emergency can last up to fifteen days and the governor can, at any time, rescind individual orders he has issued in response to the pandemic.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: -April 12: Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a new state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. The new order extends the previous one until at least April 27. According to the governor, all previous orders remain in place for the duration of the emergency or until he announces otherwise.
-None 4/1/2020 through 4/13/2020

Non Essential Business: May 20: Governor Henry McMaster today announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22nd. Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to, the following: zoos, museums, aquariums, planetariums, historic buildings and sites, waterparks, amusement park rides, Go-Kart tracks, bingo facilities, and miniature golf facilities. Safety guidelines for businesses that are allowed to reopen have been established.

May 15: Governor McMaster issues Executive Order allowing for "Additional Modification of Non-Essential Business Closures" related to the reopening of gyms, spas, salons, tattoo, tanning, and other personal care businesses.
May 11: Governor Henry McMaster announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18. The “Response” component of accelerateSC, with advice and recommendations from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have developed general guidelines for close contact service providers, along with specific guidelines for cosmetology establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and public or commercial pools.

May 8: Gov. Henry McMaster announced that restaurants in South Carolina will be permitted to reopen for limited dine-in services beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
o Only allow 50% of posted occupancy inside, as determined by fire marshals
o Tables should be spaced 6-8 feet apart
o Additional cleaning and sanitizing guidelines for equipment, tables, chairs, etc.
o Additional guidance for health checks for all employees
o Social distancing guidance for employees and customers, including recommended

May 3: Governor issues Modification of Home or Work Order & Authorization of Outdoor Dining Services.

May 1: Governor McMaster announced that the statewide “work or home” order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4. He also announced that on Monday, May 4, restaurants throughout South Carolina may provide outdoor customer dining service in addition to curbside, takeout, and delivery service. He also lifted Executive Order 2020-19 and Executive Order 2020-14, the former of which had lapsed and was not renewed relating to short term rental companies denying reservations and the latter related to individuals entering the state from “hotspots” self-quarantining for two weeks.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 30, 2020, the Supreme Court of South Carolina issued an Order, which provides that all evictions currently ordered and scheduled statewide shall resume May 15, 2020. The Court will also on that date start accepting applications for ejectment, schedule hearings, issue writs or warrants of ejectment, and proceed in any other manner necessary.
Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-17 which requires the closure of non-essential businesses and places restrictions on gatherings.

Economic Response

April 20: : Gov. Henry McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-28, which removes restrictions on public access points to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, while delegating to local officials the authority to restrict access, as they see fit. This order also re-opens the following categories of retail stores that were previously ordered closed: furniture and home-furnishings stores; clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores; jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores; department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores; sporting goods stores; book, craft, and music stores; flea markets; and florists and flower stores. All other businesses previously closed by executive order will remain closed until further notice. Under the order, retail stores may reopen today, Monday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m., but must adhere to strict social distancing requirements, operating at 20% occupancy or five (5) customers per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less. In addition, businesses must not knowingly allow customers to congregate within six feet of one another, excluding families, and must follow relevant CDC and DHEC guidelines.

Small businesses eligible to apply for disaster relief loans for SBA.

Bars and restaurants now allowed to sell alcohol with takeout or delivery orders.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order, allowing furloughed employees to receive “COVID-19 Support Payments” from their employers and still qualify for unemployment benefits.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The South Carolina Public Service Commission has moved its operations to online processes and suspended service disconnections during COVID-19. The commission's COVID-19 docket houses utility response reports and Dominion Energy South Carolina's request to delay its rate case filing by 60 days. On May 6, the PSC voted to waive requirements for 6-month payment plans, enabling longer payment plan design. On My 14, the PSC voted to lift the service disconnection moratorium, though utilities must first provide customers with various resources.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

South Carolina DHEC COVID-19 Resources and Updates page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 2020-17
SB 1161 : Requires all individual and group health insurance plans, health maintenance organizations and the state health plans to waive cost sharing requirements associated with testing for COVID-19 and to define applicable terms. Pending.
SB 1188 : Relates to property insurance; provides that every policy of insurance in force in this state insuring against loss or damage to property, notwithstanding the terms of the policy and including any endorsement thereto or exclusions to coverage included therewith, that includes a loss of use and occupancy, or business interruption, shall be construed to include, among the covered perils under the policy, coverage for business interruption directly or indirectly resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Pending.
HB 3411 : Makes general appropriations; authorizes certain bodies to receive funds directly from the federal government in response to COVID-19; establishes the Coronavirus Relief fund; appropriates $20 million to the Disaster Trust Fund; appropriates $180 million to the COVID-19 Response Reserve account established by the State Treasurer; authorizes the Governor to direct necessary expenditures, including those to underwrite the cost for protecting the health and safety of voters and poll workers; authorizes the Superintendent of Education to exercise certain emergency powers in response to COVID-19; and relates to flexibility for state agencies and institutions of higher learning. Pending.
HB 3485 : Establishes the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide funding as necessary to address the state’s response to the coronavirus public health emergency; sets forth authorized uses of the Fund. Pending.
HB 4014 : Makes a supplemental appropriation of $45 million to the Executive Budget Office for use by the Department of Health and Environmental Control for the state’s response to COVID-19. Enacted.
HB 5417 : Memorializes the United States Congress to refrain from increasing federal unemployment taxes until a specified date. Pending.
HB 5419 : Prohibits a magistrate or circuit court from commencing an eviction proceeding for the nonpayment of rent within a certain number of days grace period. Pending.
HB 5452 : Requires the Department of Health and Environmental Control to ensure testing prioritization for first responders who present with symptoms of coronavirus. Pending.
Executive Order 2020-12
Executive Order 2020-13

Citations

(1) New York Times





South Dakota

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 5,034

Recovered: 3,837

Fatalities: 62

Hospitalizations: 358

State Capitol/Session Status

No suspension announced.

Elections

Postponed to June 2 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 26: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders to help the state fight the spread of COVID-19.
• Executive Order 2020-25 suspends various requirements for state licensing boards
• Executive Order 2020-26 extends the existing COVID-19 State of Emergency to December 30, 2020, unless sooner terminated or extended.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing:
April 24: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she has extended an executive order for two more weeks telling people in Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties to stay home if they are vulnerable to COVID-19. The order only applies to people in the two counties who are over 65 or have chronic health conditions. Order in effect until May 11.

None 3/23/2020 through 5/2/2020

Non Essential Business: April 28: Gov. Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2020-20 announcing her plan to help South Dakotans get “Back to Normal” following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plan details the expectations for individuals, businesses, schools, health care providers, and local governments to return to normal business and social interactions while accounting for the inherent uncertainties of this pandemic.

Suggested alternate operations – restaurants, businesses with telework capacity

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 1: Governor Noem signed an executive order to give updated guidance to state employees and agencies during the pandemic. The Executive Order 2020-22 lays out how the “Back to Normal” plan will apply to the state government.

Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order suggesting closure of non-essential businesses. The South Dakota constitution may not grant the governor emergency powers to close businesses. For more information see this news article.

Economic Response

Pending request to SBA for disaster relief loans.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The South Dakota Pubic Utilities Commission has closed its officesand moved commisison meetings to virtual platforms. Major utilitieshave issued voluntary service disconnections moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

South Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Legislative Actions

the executive order
HB 1295 : Revises provisions regarding contagious disease control and enforcement and to declare an emergency. Enacted.
HB 1296 : Revises the authority of the Governor in times of a disaster, act of terrorism, or emergency and to declare an emergency. Enacted.
HB 1298 : Provides for the postponement of certain elections in response to the coronavirus public health emergency. Enacted.
SB 187 : Revises certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to declare an emergency. Enacted.
SB 188 : Accounts for educational opportunities provided to students during a state of emergency and to declare an emergency. Enacted.
SB 190 : Revises certain driver licensing requirements to allow for an extension during a statewide emergency or disaster and to declare an emergency. Enacted.
SB 192 : To create the small business economic disaster relief subfund, to provide for the transfer of certain funds into the subfund, to authorize the Economic Development Finance Authority to make a grant to the subfund, to provide for the continuous appropriation of the subfund, and to declare an emergency. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Tennessee

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 22,566

Recovered: 15,300

Fatalities: 364

Hospitalizations: 1,573

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned until June 1st

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 12: The Governor signed Executive Orders 36 and 37, extending the state of emergency from May 18 until June 30. The orders discontinue provisions around expanded scope of practice for nurses and physician assistants and the reimbursement for physical occupational, and speech therapy via telemedicine – now reimbursable under federal guidelines. The orders amend provisions:
Extending health care licenses, certificates, and registrations;
Delaying the due date for health care license application fees;
Expanding testing facilities;
Extending price gouging protections;
Extending deadlines and payments for motor vehicle registration and driver license renewals;
Suspending inspections of light-duty motor vehicles;
Extending enhanced handgun carry permits;
Suspending deadlines for persons with interlock ignition devices;
Suspending time limits regarding civil asset forfeiture proceedings; and
Extending professional educational and training deadlines.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 20: The Tennessee Economic Recovery Group announced the issuance of updated guidelines for restaurants and retail, along with new guidelines that enable attractions and larger venues to reopen with social distancing and capacity restrictions on or after May 22. The updated guidelines enable restaurants and retail to increase capacity as long as social distancing protocols remain in place. Large, non-contact attractions and venues including concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, large museums and more can also reopen safely under new Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

May 7: Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 35, amending Executive Order No. 30, to allow for the reopening of small group, non-contact entertainment, and recreational venues.

April 20: : Today, Gov. Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, 2020. The vast majority of businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will be allowed to re-open in phases on May 1, with some slated to open on Monday, April 27.

-April 13: Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 27 extending temporary social distancing and stay-at-home provisions until April 30, 2020. The order extends the provisions of Order Nos. 17, 21, 22, and 23.
-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/31/2020 through 4/14/2020

Non Essential Business: May 22: Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order expanding the number of Tennesseans who may return to work safely while urging continued adherence to health and social distancing guidelines. This order addresses social gatherings such as festivals, fairs, parades, large parties, picnics, youth sporting events, and overnight summer camps. It also gives additional guidance to churches, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and other businesses to follow, as well as identifying non-contact sports that can be played, including baseball, softball, tennis, and golf, among others. Additionally, under the order, groups of up to 50 people may take part in social and recreational activities.

May 20: The Tennessee Economic Recovery Group announced the issuance of updated guidelines for restaurants and retail, along with new guidelines that enable attractions and larger venues to reopen with social distancing and capacity restrictions on or after May 22. The updated guidelines enable restaurants and retail to increase capacity as long as social distancing protocols remain in place. Large, non-contact attractions and venues including concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, large museums and more can also reopen safely under new Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

April 28: Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 30 which allows Tennesseans and businesses to return to work in all industries where that can be safely accomplished by following health guidelines, while urging employers to allow or require remote work/telework if possible.
o Social and recreational gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited, including but not limited to festivals, fairs, parades, youth and adult sporting events, and overnight summer youth camps.
o This does not cover places of worship, for which there will be guidelines for safe operation of worship services and gatherings if in-person services are conducted, but the order strongly encourages places of worship to continue virtual or online services where possible.
o This does not prohibit weddings and funerals, but encourages postponement of large-gathering components of such events.
o Entertainment and recreational gathering venues must remain closed to the public for now, including, but not limited to, bars, night clubs, live performance venues, bowling alleys, arcades, concert and sporting event venues, theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers, racetracks, indoor children’s play areas, adult entertainment venues, amusement parks, senior centers, and skating rinks.
o Limited service restaurants can serve food to customers seated at tables but must follow the ERG Guidelines for restaurants in doing so.
o Close-contact personal service businesses must remain closed to the public for now, including, but not limited to, barber shops, salons, spas, body-art/tattoo services, tanning salons, and massage facilities.
o Nursing homes and similar retirement and long-term-care facilities must remain closed to visitors, except for critical assistance and in end-of-life situations.

April 24: Gov. Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.
April 20: : Today, Gov. Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, 2020. The vast majority of businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will be allowed to re-open in phases on May 1, with some slated to open on Monday, April 27.


In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 22 which requires residents to stay at home unless engaging in essential activity or essential services.

Economic Response

May 15: Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group announced today it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22.

May 6: Today, Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group released additional guidelines for recreation, offices, and lodging. Guidelines for specific industries such as Manufacturing, Construction, and Office (Building) and Lodging are available. On Friday, May 8, 2020, small group, non-contact recreation businesses like bowling alleys, arcades, dance classes, water sports, mini golf are permitted to reopen.

April 30: Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group released guidance for close contact services today, enabling over 38,000 workers to resume business in 89 of the state’s 95 counties on May 6. Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – will create individual plans in consultation with their locally-run health departments.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Tennessee Public Utilities Commission has mandated virtualfiling of documents, requested emergency operational and responseplans from regulated utilities, and issued a moratorium on servicedisconnections. Tennessee Valley Authority, which is not a regulatedutility, is working to "provide flexibility to prevent disconnects forconsumers."

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Tennessee coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 22
HB 2915 : Enacts the Coronavirus Public Protection Act of 2020. Pending.
SJR 1265 : Urges the General Assembly to provide a grant for children out of school due to coronavirus and in need of food. Adopted.
SJR 1272 : A resolution to honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci for his invaluable service to the American people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible for Governor.
HB 2472 : Temporarily suspends, modifies, and waives the deadline or other nonacademic requirement in statute, rule, or policy of any financial aid program in response to the coronavirus public health emergency. Enacted.
HB 2815 : Authorizes the governing body of the city of Crossville to allow participation in public meetings by electronic or other means, as necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pending.
HB 2821 : Part of a larger budget bill. Appropriates $150 million to a new emergency health and safety response fund. Enacted.
HB 2818 & SB 2672 : As enacted, authorizes the state board of education to promulgate emergency rules as necessary to address any issues created by school closures due to the outbreak of COVID-10 during the 2019-2020 school year; requires the commissioner of education to waive certain requirements; establishes other related requirements. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Texas

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 64,287

Fatalities: 1,672

State Capitol/Session Status

No regular session in 2020

Elections

Local governments allowed to suspend elections until November.

State primary runoff postponed until July 14.

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 12: Governor Abbott issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13 and extended on April 12, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: -April 12: Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a Proclamation renewing his March 13, 2020 Disaster Proclamation for the entire state of Texas. Governor Abbott continues to encourage all Texans to practice social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC.
-Gathering Restrictions in effect 4/2/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 27: The Governor issued a proclamation, expanding services and activities permitted to reopen under Phase II of the state’s reopening plan. Water parks may reopen beginning May 29; recreational sports programs for adults may resume on May 31, with games and competitions beginning on June 15. Additionally, food-court dining areas within shopping malls can reopen immediately with limited occupancy and under health and safety regulations.

May 26: Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a Proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to reopen its economy. Under the Proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can start to resume operations. Specifically,
• Starting May 29, 2020, water parks can reopen but must limit their occupancy to 35% of normal operating limits (video arcade areas within the water park must remain closed).
• Starting May 31, 2020, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions nay not begin until June 15, 2020.
• Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.
• Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations. However, malls are encouraged to designate individuals to ensure health and safety practices are still followed, including
o limiting tables to six individuals;
o maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables;
o cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses;
o ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses

May 21: The Governor issued Executive Order GA-24 terminating air travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Link:

May 18: Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-23, moving Texas to Phase II of the reopening plan. Via Executive Order, the following services and activities may open under Phase II.
•Child Care Centers (May 18)
•Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
•Youth Clubs (May 18)
•Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
•Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
•Bars (May 22)
•Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
•Zoos (May 29)
•Day Youth Camps (May 31)
•Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
•Youth Sports (May 31)
•Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)
All sporting and camp activities are required to adhere by special safety standards, and minimum standard health protocols have been established for all newly-announced opened services and activities. Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce. Additionally, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.

May 6: The Governor issues an executive order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities.

May 5: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in Texas. Included in this order: beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels. Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25% of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25% occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25%.

April 28: • Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order expanding Texas’s reopening efforts. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020:
 In-store retail services, for retail establishments that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the retail establishment.
 Dine-in restaurant services, for restaurants that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the restaurant; provided, however, that (a) this applies only to restaurants that have less than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages and are therefore not required to post the 51 percent sign required by Texas law as determined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and (b) valet services are prohibited except for vehicles with placards or plates for disabled parking.
 Movie theaters that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of any individual theater for any screening.
 Shopping malls that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the shopping mall; provided, however, that within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
 Museums and libraries that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy; provided, however, that (a) local public museums and local public libraries may so operate only if permitted by the local government, and (b) any components of museums or libraries that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, must remain closed.
 For Texas counties that have filed with DSHS, and are in compliance with, the requisite attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding five or fewer cases of COVID-19, those in-store retail services, dine-in restaurant services, movie theaters, shopping malls, and museums and libraries, as otherwise defined and limited above, may operate at up to 50 percent (as opposed to 25 percent) of the total listed occupancy.
 Services provided by an individual working alone in an office.
 Golf course operations.
 Local government operations, including county and municipal governmental operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, as determined by the local government.
 Such additional services as may be enumerated by future executive orders or proclamations by the governor.

April 27: Governor Abbott announced the first phase of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. He intends to allow his existing Executive Order, GA-16, expire on Thursday, April 30. Pursuant to Executive Order GA-18, all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to open on Friday, May 1. However, these services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. At shopping malls, the food-court, play areas, interactive displays and setting must remain closed.
 State Museums and libraries may open under the 25% occupancy limitation. Local public museums and libraries may reopen if permitted by local government. Single-person offices may reopen.
 Churches and places of worship remain open.
 Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four are playing together at one time.
 Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys, tattoo and piercing studios will remain closed through Phase I.
 For counties with five or fewer laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19, the counties may increase occupancy limits up to 50%.
 Phase I will begin on Friday, May 1 and will continue until at least May 18. This order still keeps stay home/work from home in place.

April 17: Governor Abbott issued three Executive orders to begin the reopening of Texas while revising hospital capacity and maintaining social distancing. Certain services and activities that pose minimal to no threat of spreading the virus are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-to-Go” model, restrictions on surgeries loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. He has also established a “Strike Force to Open Texas” which is a team of medical experts, private, and public leaders who will advise the governor on safe and strategic reopening.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Texas issued the Twelfth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, which halts all trials, hearings, or other proceedings, tolls all deadlines, and orders that courts cannot accept new filings relating to residential evictions.
Expiration Date: May 18, 2020

The April 27, 2020 Order also commands that writs of possession may issue but cannot currently be executed.
Expiration Date: May 25, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 which requires the closure of non-essential business and places restrictions on public gatherings. The order advises residents to stay at home.

Economic Response

April 27: Governor Abbott issues Report to Open Texas.
Link to 64 page plan: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf

Restaurants allowed to deliver alcoholic beverages with purchase of food

Residential evictions suspended until April 19

Small businesses eligible to apply for federal disaster relief loans from the SBA.

Restaurants now allowed to sell bulk retail products from restaurant supply chain distributors directly to costumers

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Texas Public Utilities Commission opened a docket to addressCOVID-19 responses, including new online administrative processes,the mandatory service disconnection suspension, establishment of aregulatory asset, suspension of other rules, new reportingrequirements, and the creation of an Electricity Relief Program, whichis housed in a separate docket.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Utah

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 9,797

Recovered: 6,137

Fatalities: 113

Hospitalizations: 676

State Capitol/Session Status

-Adjourned April 23

-4/17 special session is in session

-State’s first all-virtual special session to be held this week to address the coronavirus response. The session may be the first of several called to manage the effects of the public emergency. Officials work to comply with public meetings requirements. (added 4/14/2020)

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 15: Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order moving much of Utah to Low Health Risk Status, or Yellow, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

May 6: Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order clarifying guidelines in the moderate and low-risk phases of the “Utah Leads Together Plan.” Under the Executive Order, the Utah COVID-19 Public Health Risk Status shall remain at Orange (Moderate Risk).

April 30: Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order that formally places the state of Utah under “moderate risk” protocols for COVID-19 beginning on May 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through May 15. Detailed guidelines are provided in the updated Utah Leads Together Plan, and apply to individuals and businesses.
Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xc

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 27: The Governor issued an executive order, updating guidelines for areas under a low health risk designation. The order specifically addresses social gatherings, education, businesses, travel, and events.

None 3/30/2020 through 4/15/2020

Non Essential Business: May 22: Gov. Gary Herbert an executive order approving requests for the municipalities of Bluff and Mexican Hat to transition to Orange, or Moderate Health Risk Status. Both areas are located in San Juan County.


May 21: The Governor issued an executive order moving Summit and Wasatch Counties to Low Health Risk status.


May 6: Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order clarifying guidelines in the moderate and low-risk phases of the “Utah Leads Together Plan.” Under the Executive Order, the Utah COVID-19 Public Health Risk Status shall remain at Orange (Moderate Risk).
Limited operations required – restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Gary Herbert issued a directive suggesting residents to stay at home and the public health department issued an order closing dine-in restaurant facilities.

Economic Response

May 20: Building on previous versions of Utah’s economic recovery plan, Utah leaders released version three of the Utah Leads Together plan. Version 3 of the Utah Leads Together plan builds upon Version 1, released March 24, 2020, and Version 2, released April 17, 2020, by sharing critical instructions for high risk populations, addressing impacts to Utah’s multi-cultural community, and planning for Utah’s economic recovery.

Public Utilities Commission Response

In compliance with Governor Herbert's order, the Utah Public ServiceCommission is conducting meetings virtually. Major utilities haveissued voluntary service disconnections moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Utah Coronavirus resource page

Legislative Actions

The Directive
The Public Health Order
SCR 8 : Expresses support for the Chinese people regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Adopted.
HJR 24 : Extends the state of emergency due to infectious disease COVID-19. Adopted.
SB 3 : Part of a larger supplemental appropriations bill, which includes an authorization for a one-time general fund appropriation of up to $16 million to the Department of Health for the purpose of emergency disease response. Enacted.
HB 3 : Part of a larger supplemental appropriations bill, which includes an authorization for a one-time appropriation of up to $24 million from various general fund accounts, including the State Disaster Recovery Restricted Account and the Department of Public Safety Restricted Account for the purpose of disease response. Enacted.
HB 494 : Authorizes the Department of Administrative Services to transfer or divert money to another department, agency, institution or division only for the purposes of providing a state response to the coronavirus. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Vermont

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 983

Recovered: 872

Fatalities: 55

State Capitol/Session Status

In session. Quorum April 8 on remote voting.

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 15: Governor Phil Scott signed Addendum 14, a Be Smart, Stay Safe order to extend the State of Emergency to June 15 and update previous emergency orders to reflect re-openings and eased restrictions announced in recent weeks. The order allows the limited resumption of campgrounds, marinas and lodging facilities, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, including those managed by the Vermont Department of Parks and Recreation. These facilities can open May 22 for Vermont residents only, or those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 6: Governor Phil Scott issued an Addendum to Executive Order 01-20 allowing Vermonters to leave their homes for outdoor recreation and fitness activities. Limited social interactions and gatherings of 10 or fewer people are now permitted. Additionally, members of one household may gather with members of another trusted household. Under the Addendum, all businesses, non-profit, and government entities which support or offer outdoor recreation and outdoor fitness activities may begin operations, subject to compliance with health and safety guidelines and training requirements outlined in the Addendum. These include:
• state and municipal parks
• recreation associations,
• golf courses,
• trail networks

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/15/2020

Non Essential Business: May 22: Governor Phil Scott announced the resumption of additional business operations, including outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, hair salons, and barber shops, and some additional health services:
• Effective today, May 22, restaurants and bars may reopen for limited outdoor seating, including for the sale and consumption of alcohol. In addition to existing health and safety requirements for all businesses, outlined by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), reservations or call ahead seating is required with strict limits on table distance and occupancy. Additional safety measures are strongly encouraged, including phone or electronic ordering, takeout service rather than table side delivery of food, and cashless or touchless transactions.
• Effective May 29, hair salons and barber shops may reopen by appointment with limits on occupancy.
• The Governor also authorized additional medical procedures and health services to resume under the guidance of the Health Department. This includes inpatient surgeries and procedures; outpatient services, including clinic visits, diagnostic imaging, and limited outpatient surgeries and procedures; and elective dental services. Each service area must follow stringent mitigation strategies and a phased implementation timeline, developed in consultation with industry associations and experts.

May 13: Gov. Philip Scott issued Executive Order No. 01-20 – Amendment to Addendum 6. The order allows for limited, incremental, and phased resumption of business, non-profit and government entity operations which shall begin with non-essential retail; and mitigation requirements and procedures issued by the Secretary shall require implementation of appropriate occupancy limits and physical distancing, health and sanitation and training measures.

"May 4: Governor Philip Scott issued an amendment to an addendum of a previous order to permit certain elective medical procedures to resume, including outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging, and outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity and PPE levels.

May 1: Governor Scott announced today a third incremental, evidence-based step to put Vermonters back to work. Governor Scott’s latest order expands on Addendum 10 and Addendum 11. It allows the following to operate:
o Crews of 10 or fewer employees per location/job to perform outdoor work and construction work in unoccupied job sites (effective May 4)
o Manufacturing and distribution operations may resume with a maximum of 10 employees in any location if they are low-density and ensure employees are always six feet apart. (Effective May 4)
o Manufacturing, construction and distribution operations may restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations if they can meet all health and safety requirements, comply with ACCD guidance and develop enhanced training programs that expand on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) training. (Effective May 11)
• This latest restart phase includes additional health and safety requirements that build on those in previous addendums, including:
o Required pre-screening before each work shift, including temperature checks and survey to verify each employee has no symptoms of respiratory illness.
o On April 27, VOSHA developed a minimum level of health and safety training to be completed no later than May 4 by all employees and documented by businesses and non-profit and government entities in operation.
o Employers operating with 10 or more employees must now adopt a training program – which can be developed independently, or through industries, trade associations, chambers of commerce or other representative organizations – which must be made available upon request. In most cases, these plans should augment the VOSHA training standards to reflect the unique nature of various workplaces.
o Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks, and all commuters are required to wear a mask while using mass transit.

April 24: Governor Philip Scott issued an addendum to Executive Order 01-20 to advance the phased restart of business in the state in accordance with mandatory health and safety measures. These measures include closing all common areas, the completion of health training by employees, screening employees upon arrival, and appointing safety officers.
In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses"

May 4: Governor Philip Scott issued an amendment to an addendum of a previous order to permit certain elective medical procedures to resume, including outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging, and outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a minimal impact on inpatient hospital bed capacity and PPE levels.

May 1: Governor Scott announced today a third incremental, evidence-based step to put Vermonters back to work. Governor Scott’s latest order expands on Addendum 10 and Addendum 11. It allows the following to operate:
o Crews of 10 or fewer employees per location/job to perform outdoor work and construction work in unoccupied job sites (effective May 4)
o Manufacturing and distribution operations may resume with a maximum of 10 employees in any location if they are low-density and ensure employees are always six feet apart. (Effective May 4)
o Manufacturing, construction and distribution operations may restart with as few employees as necessary to permit full operations if they can meet all health and safety requirements, comply with ACCD guidance and develop enhanced training programs that expand on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) training. (Effective May 11)
• This latest restart phase includes additional health and safety requirements that build on those in previous addendums, including:
o Required pre-screening before each work shift, including temperature checks and survey to verify each employee has no symptoms of respiratory illness.
o On April 27, VOSHA developed a minimum level of health and safety training to be completed no later than May 4 by all employees and documented by businesses and non-profit and government entities in operation.
o Employers operating with 10 or more employees must now adopt a training program – which can be developed independently, or through industries, trade associations, chambers of commerce or other representative organizations – which must be made available upon request. In most cases, these plans should augment the VOSHA training standards to reflect the unique nature of various workplaces.
o Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks, and all commuters are required to wear a mask while using mass transit.

April 24: Governor Philip Scott issued an addendum to Executive Order 01-20 to advance the phased restart of business in the state in accordance with mandatory health and safety measures. These measures include closing all common areas, the completion of health training by employees, screening employees upon arrival, and appointing safety officers.
In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses

Schools: Closed

Misc: On April 21, 2020, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an updated Administrative Order No. 49 extending its earlier suspension of all non-emergency hearings, which will likely delay any commercial or residential eviction proceedings.

Governor Phil Scott issued Addendum 6 to Executive Order 01-20 which requires residents to stay at home leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety.

Economic Response

Small businesses eligible for SBA disaster relief loans.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Vermont Public Utilities Commission has extended commissioning deadlines, modified administrative procedures, waived filing requirements, and issued a moratorium on service disconnections. On April 30, the commission published new rules which allow for electronic meetings and filings. Additionally, the commission issued a notice requesting comment on whether it would be appropriate to grant a one-year extension of all commissioning deadlines for net-metered and standard-offer projects.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Vermont Health Department coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

Addendum 6 to Executive Order 01-20
SB 114 : Relates to the emergency judicial response to the COVID-19 public health emergency; relates to the expungement of misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions. Pending.
SB 182 : Relates to government operations regarding emergency medical services and public safety in response to COVID-19. Pending.
SB 333 : Relates to establishing a moratorium on ejectment and foreclosure actions during the COVID-19 emergency. Pending.
HB 681 : Relates to employer registration for unemployment insurance. Contains amendments that ensure employees receive benefits when quarantined or providing care for a quarantined family member. Enacted.
HB 742 : Appropriates funding to the Department of Health to provide grants to emergency medical technician and paramedic training programs and concerns measures during and after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Vermont to support health care providers and services; to expand health insurance coverage related to COVID-19; to modify deductible requirements for all prescriptions drugs and related to other actions taken during a state of emergency. Enacted.
SR 10 : Relates to the adoption of an emergency temporary Rule 29A to permit Senate committees to meet and vote electronically as the Rules Committee determines appropriate. Adopted.
SR 11 : Relates to temporarily amending the rules of the Senate to include rules regarding remote meeting and voting during Declared Emergencies. Adopted.
SJR 48 : Relates to the adoptions of an emergency temporary Joint Rule 22A to permit any joint committees of the Vermont Legislatures to meet and vote electronically. Adopted.
SJR 49 : Postpones the Joint Assembly to vote on the retention of five Superior Judges and one Environmental Judge. Adopted.
HR 15 : Urges that for the duration of the pandemic emergency, the federal government refrain from arresting or detaining individuals based on their immigration status in any healthcare setting and suspend implementation of the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Rule. Adopted.
HR 16 : Declares a state of emergency. Adopted.
HR 17 : Allows for committee members to vote remotely during the current declared emergency. Adopted.
HR 18 : Allows for remote participation during the current declared emergency. Adopted.

News

Seven Days VT | Vermont Senate to Consider Remote Voting [3/30/20]

Citations

(1) New York Times





Virginia

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 45,398

Fatalities: 1,392

Hospitalizations: 4,694

State Capitol/Session Status

Virginia House veto session April 22.

April 8, 2020 – The Governor requested the General Assembly to move the May general election and all special elections scheduled for May 5 to November 3. The Governor also moved the June 9 primary election to June 23

Elections

Congressional Primaries postponed to June 23 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 28: Virginia Executive Order 61. Order Of Public Health Emergency Three SECOND AMENDED - Phase One Easing Of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 19: Governor Northam issues Executive Order 61 and Order Of Public Health Emergency Three AMENDED - Phase One, easing certain temporary restrictions.

-April 15: Governor Ralph Northam announces extension of Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through Friday, May 8, 2020. Executive Order Fifty-Three originally signed on March 24, bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment, and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.
-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/30/2020 through 6/10/2020

Non Essential Business: May 26: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issues Executive Order 63 (2020) requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings. A face covering includes anything that covers a person’s nose and mouth, such as a scarf, bandana, or mask. Under the EO, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in the following public settings:
o Personal care and grooming businesses
o Essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
o Food and beverage establishments
o Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
o Train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
o State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
o Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes
The following is exempt from the face-covering requirement:
o eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment
o individuals who are exercising
o children under the age of two
o a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible
o anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering

May 14: Governor Northam announced that Accomack County and City of Richmond would delay implementation of Phase One because they requested these extensions. They will enter Phase One no earlier than midnight on Thursday, May 28.

May 12: Governor Northam issued Executive Order No. 62 that allows specific localities in North Virginia to delay entering Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan to ease restrictions on certain business operations that were put in place in response to COVID-19. Executive Order 62 allows the localities to delay until midnight on Thursday, May 28, to permit those localities more time to meet the health metrics.

May 8: Gov. Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-One (2020) which eases business restrictions. Effective 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020, restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms may operate delivery, take-out, and outdoor dining and beverage services only, provided such businesses comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors, and sector-specific guidance for restaurant and beverage services.
 Occupancy may not exceed the 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable. No more than 10 patrons may be seated as a party. Tables at which dining parties are seated must be positioned six feet apart from other tables. If tables are not movable, parties must be seated at least six feet apart.
 Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in an outdoor bar area may be used for customer seating as long as a minimum of six feet is provided between parties at tables. Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces must be conducted every 60 minutes during operation. Tabletops, chairs, and credit card/bill folders must be cleaned in between patrons. If any such business cannot adhere to these requirements, it must close.

May 4: The Governor also issues Second Amended Extension of Temporary Restrictions on Restaurants, Recreational, Entertainment, Gatherings, Non-essential Retail Businesses, and Closure of K-12 Schools Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

April 24: Gov. Northam presents the “Forward Virginia” blueprint, which will help guide the state on when to safely begin easing public health restrictions. The blueprint includes a phased approach that is grounded in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and has specific goals to contain the spread of the virus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and medical capacity.
In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 55 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities.

Economic Response

May 4: The Governor outlined a three-phase plan to ease restrictions in Virginia. The first phase will ease restrictions while maintaining social distancing, teleworking, recommendations for face coverings, and prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more.

Restaurants and bars allowed to sell alcohol with carryout service.

April 8, 2020 — The Governor announced several changes to unemployment insurance rules and processes to help make it easier for people to receive benefits in a timely manner

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Virginia State Corporation Commission is conducting businesselectronically and has issued a disconnection moratorium for all

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Virginia Department of Health coronavirus resource page

Legislative Actions

Executive Order 55
HB 340 : Relates to emergency laws; relates to civil relief; provides a thirty day stay of eviction and foreclosure proceedings for tenants, homeowners, and owners who rent to a tenant a one to four family residential dwelling unit who request a stay and provide written proof that they are an employee of the United States government. Pending.
SB 971 : Creates the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Pending.
Executive Order 53
Executive Order 55

Citations

(1) New York Times





Washington

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 21,702

Fatalities: 1,118

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned as planned. Out of session.

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 22: Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Washington will not be able to lift “many” of the stay-at-home restrictions by May 4, 2020, the date through which the current directive is currently in place. (CBS Seattle) However, Governor Inslee said some elective surgeries, outdoor activities and some construction projects may return by May 4, 2020. Specifics were not provided in Governor Inslee’s announcement. When businesses do reopen, the state of Washington will provide guidelines and safety measures so businesses can operate safely.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/25/2020 through 5/4/2020

Non Essential Business: May 26: Governor Jay Inslee issued guidance further clarifying outdoor recreation requirements in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. The guidance clarifies safety and health requirements for outdoor facilities such as staffed outdoor tennis facilities (public and private), guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback riding, guided fishing, go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, participant-only motorsports facilities.

May 19: The Governor announced new criteria for additional counties to apply for variances to move to Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start plan.


May 19: The Governor issued additional guidance for real estate and fitness operations under Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan.

May 15: Governor Jay Inslee today issued guidance for construction, golf and photography in Phase 2.

May 14: Governor Inslee issued guidance clarifying Phase 1 outdoor recreation requirements and set forth outdoor recreation guidance in Phase 2. Today’s guidance built upon the original outdoor recreation requirements released on April 27. For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, additional recreational activities may resume on May 14.

May 13: Gov. Inslee also announced further guidance for resuming personal services and professional services for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.

May 11: Governor Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week. Gov. Inslee also announced the extension of nine proclamations today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A May 9, 2020, letter from the Legislature extends proclamations 20-37.1, 20-38.1, 20-39.1, 20-41.1, 20-42.1, 20-43, 20-44, 20-52 until May 31, 2020.

May 8: Gov. Jay Inslee released additional guidance for Safe Start Phase 1. The following can be open with industry-specific guidelines:
 All essential businesses
 In-progress residential construction
 State parks
 Elective surgeries
 Vehicle and vessel sales
 Pet walkers
 Landscaping
 Drive-in religious services
 Curbside retail sales
 Car washes

May 4: Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order permitting some businesses to reopen as early as this week under Washington’s new “Safe Start” plan: a phased approach to reopening the state’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide.

May 1: The state of Washington’s administration issued a phased-approach chart today. Phase one starts on Tuesday, May 5. Phase one allows outdoor recreation, landscaping, automobile sales, retail (curbside only), car washes, pet walkers, and essential businesses. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order continues.

April 27: Governor Inslee announced today that some outdoor recreation activities may be partially re-opened. As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be permitted with appropriate safety precautions. This includes day use at state parks and state public land managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at Fish and Wildlife areas. This also includes fishing, hunting, and playing golf.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 5: Governor Jay Inslee announced the extension of 12 proclamations today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A May 4, 2020, letter from the Legislature extends proclamations 20-15.1, 20-20.1, 20-21.1, 20-23.2, 20-26.1, 20-27.1, 20-29.1, 20-30.1, 20-32.1, and 20-34.1 until May 31, 2020. The statutory waivers and suspensions cited in 20-28.1 are extended until May 31, 2020, except for RCW 42.56.520(i) which is extended to May 11, 2020. The statutory waivers and suspensions cited in 20-33.1 are extended until May 11, 2020. Also today, Gov. Inslee announced members of Safe Start advisory groups with focus on health systems and public health, social supports and economic readiness.


On April 29, 2020, the Washington Supreme Court issued the Second Revised and Extended Order, which maintains that non-emergency civil masters can be continued, as provided in Order No. 25700-B-615, but allows courts to begin hearing these matters so commercial or residential eviction proceedings otherwise not prohibited by Governor Inslee's Proclamations may be delayed.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee issued Amending Proclamation 20-05 which requires residents to stay at home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. On April 3rd, Governor Inslee extended the stay at home order through May 4th.

Economic Response

April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

Work search requirements for unemployment benefits waived.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is conducting business remotely, and most utilities have suspended service disconnections. Several utilities (Avista, Puget Sound, Cascade Natural Gas) have expanded their low-income programs. The Commission fast-tracked a customer refund payment from an Avista rate case, stabilizing electricity rates for 2020.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Washington State Department of Health coronavirus resource page.

Legislative Actions

Amending Proclamation 20-05
The Extension
HB 2965 : Authorizes an appropriation of $175 million from the state’s budget stabilization account to the state’s disaster response account. The bill then appropriates $175 million from the disaster response account to the office of financial management to distribute to state and local agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. An additional $25 million is appropriated from the budget stabilization account for expenditure into the COVID-19 unemployment account. Enacted.
HB 2739 : Adjusts certain requirements of the shared leave program. Includes a provision of shared leave for employees in isolation or quarantine as requested or ordered by a public health official or health care provider as a result of COVID-19. Enacted.
SR 8702 : Encourages healthy practices to reduce the spread of the flu and other contagious diseases in Washington state. Adopted.
SB 6696 : Makes expenditures from the budget stabilization account for declared catasrophic events. Pending.
SB 6248 : Provides for the capital budget; makes appropriations and authorizes expenditures for capital improvements, including an appropriation for the Poison Center Emergency Response to COVID-19. Enacted.
SB 6189 : Clarifies eligibility for School Employees' Benefits Board coverage of substitute teachers; and of school employees during quarantine or school closures due to COVID-19. Enacted.

Citations

(1) New York Times





West Virginia

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 2,010

Recovered: 1,303

Fatalities: 75

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned as planned. Out of session.

Elections

Postponed to June 9 (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 3: Gov. Jim Justice issued an Executive Order removing Jackson, Kanawha, and Ohio counties from the list of COVID-19 community clusters or “hotspots” in West Virginia.
• The Order supports broad authority to the local health departments in the eight remaining hotspot counties and also:
o Limits groups to a maximum of 5 people.
o Directs ALL businesses to require employees to work from home to the maximum extent possible.
o Directs the West Virginia National Guard to provide logistical support and services to assist county agencies.
o Directs West Virginia State Police to assist with enforcement of local county orders.

April 30: Governor Jim Justice issues order lifting the “Stay At Home” order imposed statewide last month, replacing it with a “Safer At Home” order. The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 4. “Safer At Home" still strongly encourages all West Virginians to stay at home when not performing essential tasks, but no longer mandates them to stay at home.

Stay at Home Order in effect 3/24/2020 until the order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: May 22: Governor Jim Justice signed an executive order that will formally allow businesses currently scheduled to reopen in the May 26 phase of the Governor’s reopening plan to resume operations on that date if they so choose. Businesses allowed to reopen on May 26, with limitations, include:
• State park cabins and lodges (in-state residents only);
• Indoor bars at 50% capacity and outdoor bars;
• Museums and visitor centers; and
• Zoos.
The order will go into effect on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:01 a.m.

May 21: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced reopening dates for swimming pools, movie theaters, bowling alleys and other places with indoor amusements. Specifically:
• Swimming pools, as well as bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, and other places with indoor amusement will all be allowed to reopen on Saturday, May 30, provided that all additional guidelines are followed.
• Movie theaters and casinos will be permitted to reopen Friday, June 5, 2020, provided that all additional safety guidelines are followed.
• The following business were also permitted to reopen today, May 21, 2020:
o Indoor dining at restaurants
o Large/specialty retail stores
o State park campgrounds for in-state residents only (Guidance for ALL campgrounds)
o Hatfield McCoy Trail System
o Outdoor recreation rentals (Kayaks, bicycles, boats, rafts, canoes, ATVs, and similar equipment)
o Outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectators
o Tanning businesses
o Whitewater rafting
o Ziplining
o Indoor malls and similar facilities

May 19: Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order allowing businesses in the “Week 4” phase of West Virginia’s reopening plan to resume operations if they so choose. The order will go into effect at midnight on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Week 4 businesses include:
• Restaurants with indoor dining;
• Large/specialty retail stores;
• State park campgrounds for in-state residents only;
• The Hatfield McCoy Trail System;
• Outdoor recreation rentals (kayaks, bicycles, boats, rafts, canoes, ATVs, and similar equipment);
• Outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectators;
• Tanning businesses;
• Whitewater rafting;
• Ziplining; and
• Indoor malls and similar facilities.
The new order also rescinds the requirement for out-of-state travelers visiting West Virginia to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival, a mandate originally put in place on March 30.

May 18: Gov. Jim Justice announced several new businesses will be able to resume operations soon:
o Indoor Shopping Malls – May 21
o Indoor and outdoor bars at 50% capacity – May 26
o Museums and visitor centers – May 26
o Zoos – May 26
o Casinos and limited video lotteries – May 30

May 15: Gov. Justice issued an executive order, formalizing all of the May 18 re-openings, which now also includes gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, and martial arts.

May 14: Governor Justice announced today that fitness centers, gyms, and recreation centers have been added to the list of entities that will be allowed to resume operations, with limitations, in the next phase of the reopening plan. These facilities will be permitted to reopen on Monday, May 18, provided that all additional guidelines are being followed to help keep their patrons and all West Virginians as safe as possible. He also announced that whitewater rafting and zip lining businesses will be allowed to reopen with limitations on Thursday, May 21.

May 11: Governor Jim Justice announced the next wave of businesses and activities permitted to reopen as part of the upcoming Week 4 phase of the Governor’s reopening plan. The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine is also currently scheduled to be lifted during Week 4.

May 4: Governor Jim Justice announced that wellness facilities, such as gyms and fitness centers supervised by licensed professionals, and drive-in movie theaters will be among the next wave of businesses permitted to reopen as part of the upcoming Week 3 phase of West Virginia’s reopening plan. Week 3 is scheduled to commence May 11, 2020.


May 1: Governor Justice issued a reminder today that “Week 2” of the Governor’s multi-phased plan to reopen business across the state are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 4. This phase includes reopening of small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, restaurants with takeout service or outdoor dining options, as well as religious entities and funeral homes.
• Professional service operations such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and pet grooming are also among the businesses permitted to reopen in Week 2.
• Governor Justice also reminded his “Safe at home” order will go in effect on Monday, May 4.

April 28: Gov. Jim Justice provided guidelines to small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, restaurants with takeaway service or outdoor dining options available, as well as religious entities and funeral homes – all of which are among the types of businesses permitted to resume operations in the “Week 2” phase of the Governor’s plan, which would begin Monday, May 4, if the statewide cumulative percent of positive test results remains below 3 percent through the evening of Wednesday, April 29.

April 24: Governor Jim Justice discussed potential strategies to safely begin reopening restaurants and daycare facilities in West Virginia. Gov. Justice listed some safety requirements that are currently being considered, including limiting restaurant capacity, implementing special spacing requirements for bars and restaurants, increasing cleaning measures, limiting the number of people per table, instituting temperature checks for employees, requiring masks for cashiers and staff, providing disposable menus and utensils, and serving beverages in cans or bottles.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: May 5: Gov. Jim Justice issued an Executive Order removing Cabell, Wayne, and Wood counties from the list of COVID-19 community clusters or “hotspots” in West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice issued Executive Order 9-20 which requires residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes to essential needs.

Economic Response

April 29: Governor Jim Justice announced that, for the third consecutive day, the statewide cumulative rate of positive test results in West Virginia remained below 3%, meaning that the Governor’s six-week plan - entitled "The Comeback" - to reopen the state is officially underway. The first week of the plan will begin on April 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., during which many outpatient health care operations and daycare services may resume.


State income tax filing and payment deadline moved from April 15 to July 15. Interest and penalties waived on property tax filings until May 1.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The West Virginia Public Service Commission has issued threegeneral orders addressing COVID-19: administrative changes(electronic filing provisions and 5-day waivers), waiver of certain bulkygood collections, and waiver of meter reading processes. Thecommission encouraged utilities to waive service disconnections, andmajor utilities have complied.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





Wisconsin

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 18,543

Recovered: 11,646

Fatalities: 595

Hospitalizations: 2,603

State Capitol/Session Status

COVID-19: Postponed Senate's March floor period. Will call extraordinary session this spring. Assembly adjourned in February.

In special session. Postponed Senate's March floor period. Will call extraordinary session this spring. Assembly adjourned in February.

Elections

Primary Held

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 13: Wisconsin’s Supreme Court issued a 4-3 decision that overturned the state’s stay-at-home-order, calling it “unlawful” and “unenforceable.” (CNN). The decision is being cast as a “victory” for the state’s republican legislature, and a rebuke of its democratic governor. Gov. Tony Evers immediately issued a statement on the ruling, saying that “the Supreme Court of Wisconsin's ruling puts the health and safety of Wisconsinites across the state at risk by ending Wisconsin's Safer at Home order, effective immediately, and requiring the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to go through the rulemaking process to be able to respond to an epidemic.”

April 16: Governor Evers and Secretary of Department of Health Services Andrea Palm extended Wisconsin’s Safer-at-Home Order until 8:00 a.m. on May 26, 2020. The Safer-at-Home Order requires all individuals within the state of Wisconsin to stay at home or at their place of residence, except to perform “essential activities,” “essential government functions,” and “operate essential businesses and operation” as defined in the Order.

-April 10: Governor Evers orders closure of 40 Wisconsin state parks, forests, and recreational areas closed to slow the spread of Covid-19.
-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/24/2020

Non Essential Business: May 15: Leaders of cities and counties who raced this week to implement restrictions in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling against Gov. Tony Evers are now tossing those orders, many citing uncertainty over whether they are legal.

May 11: Governor Evers issues "Interim Order to Turn the Dial" with guidance related to retail, movie theaters, and other businesses.

May 11: Governor Tony Evers today announced another "urn of the dial"on Safer at Home to add even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way. Emergency Order #36, signed today by Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. Additionally, the Emergency Order signed today allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to follow all safety precautions and guidelines as outlined in the Safer at Home order.

May 8: Gov. Tony Evers announced best practices and safety guidelines for Wisconsin businesses. The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, manufacturers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.
• Some of the general advice for businesses includes:
o Making sure that employees who are sick don’t come to work
o Curtailing business travel whenever possible.
o Promoting telecommuting or other work-from-home arrangements
o Making sure employees have access to sanitizers and personal protective equipment when appropriate.
April 28: Gov. Tony Evers directed the Department of Natural Resources to re-open 34 state parks, forests, and recreational areas under special conditions to help minimize overcrowding, allow for social distancing requirements, and to promote a safe and enjoyable experience for staff and visitors.

April 27: Governor Evers announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Health and Services signed an Emergency Order ("Interim Order to Turn the Dial") that allows nonessential businesses to do curbside drop-off of goods and animals. This will allow businesses such as dog groomers, engine repair shops, upholstery, and others to safely open. The order also allows outdoor recreational rentals. This order goes into effect Wednesday, April 29, at 9 a.m.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order 12 which requires residents to stay at home except for essential activities.

Economic Response

April 20: Andrea Palm, at the Department of Health Services for the state of Wisconsin signed an Order #31, 'Badger Bounce Back,' which outlines reopening Wisconsin.

April 16: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, along with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, announced they will form a coalition to work together to reopen their respective economies. The Governors will closely examine the following factors when determining when best to reopen their economies:
- Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
- Ability to test and trace
- Health care capacity to handle resurgence
- Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

Unemployment benefits changes:

Work search requirements and other eligibility requirements waived

Small businesses now eligible to apply for disaster relief loans from the SBA

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission directed utilities to suspend service disconnections during COVID-19, and established two dockets to address service and cost issues. The PSC also created a tool to help residents find emergency broadband providers. On April 30, the commission relaxed certain customer protections and directed utilities to make individual tariff waiver requests.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Wisconsin Department of Health Services coronavirus resource page.
Wisconsin Elections Resource

Legislative Actions

Emergency Order 12
SR 7 : Acknowledges that the Communist Party of China deliberately and intentionally misled the world on the Wuhan Coronavirus; stands in solidarity with the Chinese people to condemn the actions of the Communist Party of China. Failed.
SB 927 : Exempts pharmaceutical, treatment, and other medical supplies used for treating coronavirus from the Unfair Sales Act, also called the minimum markup law, during the public health emergency due to coronavirus. Failed.
AB 1035 : Exempts pharmaceutical, treatment, and other medical supplies used for treating COVID-19 from the Unfair Sales Act, also called the minimum markup law, during the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020. Failed.
SB 932 & AB 1038 : Relates to the state government response to the coronavirus pandemic; authorizes limited autopsies for the death of an inmate due to COVID-19; establishes a civil liability exemption for persons who manufacture, distribute or sell emergency medical supplies to respond to the public health emergency. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times





Wyoming

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 903

Recovered: 658

Fatalities: 16

Hospitalizations: 78

State Capitol/Session Status

Adjourned as planned. Out of session.

Elections

Entire state committed to mail-in voting (April 17, 2020) (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: May 27: Statewide Public Health Order Continuation and Update on Gatherings.

Gathering Restrictions in effect 3/19/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: May 13: The Governor announced updated public health orders that will ease restrictions on several business categories, and will permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide.

April 28: Gov. Mark Gordon announced that new public health orders effective May 1 will allow gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services to reopen under specific operating conditions designed to minimize public health risk from COVID-19. Other parts of the phased approach involve easing restrictions on day cares and issuing guidance to hospitals allowing them to resume elective surgeries.

April 23: The Governor unveiled a new phase of the state’s COVID-19 response, creating a path to ease restrictions, recover businesses, and resume some activities. The approach will be driven by public health data and will provide flexibility to counties based on local conditions.

Closure required – salons, recreational facilities, theaters.

Schools: Closed

Misc: Governor Mark Gordon’s administration issued a health order which places restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people and closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, some childcare facilities and schools. On April 3rd, Governor Gordon issued a continuation of the restrictions on gatherings and businesses as well as asking residents to stay at home.

Economic Response

Small businesses eligible to apply to the SBA for disaster loans.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Wyoming Public Service Commission has modified filing andmeeting procedures to to accommodate digital processes. Majorutilities have issued voluntary service disconnections moratoria.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources





District of Columbia

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 8,801

Recovered: 1,116

Fatalities: 466

State Capitol/Session Status

Legislature meets throughout the year

Elections

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: May 13: Mayor Bowser Extends Stay at Home Order and Public Health Emergency Through June 8.

Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: -April 15: Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-063 to extend the state of emergency and public health emergency for Washington, DC through May 15, 2020, as the District continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The new order clarifies that face masks are required for: (1) hotel workers, guests, and visitors; (2) individuals using taxis, ride shares, private transportation providers; (3) workers and customers of food sellers; and (4) are strongly encouraged for workers and individuals using public transit.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/25/2020 through 4/30/2020

Non Essential Business: April 23: Mayor Bowser Presents a Comprehensive Plan Proposal That Will Guide DC Through Coronavirus Recovery.

In-person workforce prohibited at non-essential businesses
bars, restaurants

Schools: Closed

Misc: Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-054 requires residents to stay at home unless they engage in essential activities perform or access essential governmental functions; work at essential businesses; engage in essential travel; or engage in allowable recreational activities, as defined by the Mayor’s Order.

Economic Response

April 23: Mayor Bowser Presents a Comprehensive Plan Proposal That Will Guide DC Through Coronavirus Recovery.

Public Utilities Commission Response

The Washington D.C. Public Service Commission is operating under its Continuity of Operations Plan, which directs employees to telework. The D.C. City Council passed emergency legislation to prohibit service disconnection for utilities through COVID-19. The PSC is considering whether to postpone Pepco's $162 million rate case request.

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources



Legislative Actions

Mayor’s Order 2020-054
B 718 : Provides, on an emergency basis, authority to the Executive and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief, and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety and consumer protection. Enacted.
B 719 : Provides, on a temporary basis, authority to the Executive and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief, and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety and consumer protection. Pending.
B 727 : Authorizes and approves the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation notes to finance general governmental expenses, necessary due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including operating or capital expense in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $300,000,000. Pending.
B 733 : . Provides, on an emergency basis, additional authority to the Mayor and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief, and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety, consumer protection, and government operation, and to authorize and provide for the issuance, sale, and delivery of certain District of Columbia notes and bonds. Enacted.
B 734 : Provides, on an temporary basis, additional authority to the Mayor and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief, and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety, consumer protection, and government operation, and to authorize and provide for the issuance, sale, and delivery of certain District of Columbia notes and bonds. Pending.
R 772 : Declares the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to provide authority to the Executive and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency. Adopted.
PR 781 : Declares the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to authorize and approve the borrowing of funds by the District through the issuance and sale of the general obligation in an aggregate principle amount not to exceed $300,000,000. Pending.
R 784 : Declares the existence of an emergency with respect to the need to provide additional authority to the Mayor and to address critical needs of District residents and businesses during the current public health emergency including wage replacement, business relief and additional authorities and exemptions regarding health, public safety, consumer protection, and government operation, and to authorize and provide for the issuance, sale, and delivery of certain District of Columbia notes and bonds. Adopted.

Citations

(1) Council Fully Operational, but Working Offsite [3/17/2020]





Puerto Rico

COVID19 Case Watch

Confirmed Cases: 3,189

Fatalities: 127

State Capitol/Session Status

Legislature on administrative recess until at least April 13.

Elections

TBD (Postponed from March 29) (1)

Emergency Response

State of Emergency: Declared

National Guard: Activated

Social Distancing: April 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced an agreement on the California, Oregon & Washington Western States Pact, a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

-April 14: Governor introduces framework for Reopening Oregon: a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy communities. Once certain prerequisites are met, Oregon can begin to reopen by:(1) ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity in every region of Oregon; (2)developing robust contact tracing systems to track and contain COVID-19 cases; and (3)
establishing a quarantine and isolation program for new cases.

-Stay at Home Order in effect 3/23/2020 until the executive order is rescinded

Non Essential Business: Limited operations required
restaurants, bars

Schools: Closed

Misc: April 12, 2020 – The Governor issued an executive order, continuing emergency measures aimed at containing and mitigating community transmission

Economic Response

Executive order relaxing regulatory requirements to streamline the state procurement process issued.

Public Utilities Commission Response

For more details on PUC's response please check E9 Insight's COVID-19 Coverage

Additional Resources

Important Links

Departamento De Salud coronavirus resource page

Legislative Actions

HCR 119 : Requests the President and Congress to approve amendments to the Federal Internal Revenue Code, in order to provide a more favorable tax treatment to US pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment that are established in the island as Controlled Foreign Corporations, in order to reactivate the production of medicines and medical equipment necessary to attend the pandemic caused by the coronavirus virus. Pending.
SJR 488 : Orders the State Election Commission to postpone the celebration of the presidential primary of the Democratic Party, to be held on a specified date, as provided under the Compulsory Presidential Primary Act, as a consequence of the emergency caused by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which affects Puerto Rico and the rest of the world; arranges for the presidential primary to be held on another specified date in 2020. Enacted.
SJR 491 : Provides the necessary public health actions to attend the emergency decreed by the coronavirus pandemic, in order to authorize the physicians authorized to practice medicine in Puerto Rico to use telemedicine, the medical consultations by telephone or by any other authorized means to evaluate their patients; authorizes all physicians to send a prescription, referral or medical order for photography or any other electronic method and the receiving service provider to accept it. Enacted.
HJR 624 : Orders the Department of Health of the Government of Puerto Rico, its Secretary and the State Epidemiologist, to present a detailed protocol to address the potential health crisis that may arise with the arrival of the coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus disease 2019. Pending.
HJR 632 : Establishes the temporary power of the Government of Puerto Rico to use all the personnel of the Department of Public Security and all law enforcement officers to ensure faithful compliance with the Executive Order of the Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced, Executive Order 23 of 2020; establish definitions related to said compliance. Pending.
HJR 633 : Orders the Secretary of the Treasury to adopt those measures necessary for businesses to mitigate the economic losses suffered as a result of full compliance with Executive Order 23 of 2020, such as withholding a portion of the Sales Tax and Use collected during the month of March 2020. Pending.
HJR 635 : Prohibits billing to commercial customers of the Electric Power Authority and the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority while the closure order is in force in the private sector due to the state of emergency in the face of the coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19. Pending.
HJR 636 : Orders the Puerto Rico Department of Health to prohibit reference laboratories from imposing a cost and/or price higher than the rate that clinical laboratories can bill the medical plan as established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for codes for the Coronavirus Screening Test; prohibits insurers or reference laboratories from imposing discounts, penalties and/or any charge that alters the rate given. Pending.
HJR 638 : Orders the Department of Transportation and Public Works to take those measures necessary to exempt passers-by from collection in the toll plazas of the highways during the time that the emergency declared by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez Garced, in consideration of COVID-19. Eligible for Governor.
HJR 640 : Establishes measures in response to the situation experienced by municipal police officers in the face of the global pandemic that has also affected Puerto Rico as a result of the Coronavirus; authorizes the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury to provide assistance to the municipalities to use it exclusively for the benefit of their respective Municipal Police bodies. Pending.
HJR 642 : Orders the Chief Executive of Innovation and Information of the Government of Puerto Rico to create a Collaborative Work Group that will have the immediate and specific objective of making available all relevant data that will allow public real time monitoring of the emergency created by Coronavirus in Puerto Rico; orders the Puerto Rico Innovation and Technology Service to immediately create and publish a digital dash board that will be updated in real time. Pending.
HJR 643 : Orders the Puerto Rico Department of Public Security to purchase equipment and materials to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, and to distribute them among the employees who work in the different businesses; exempts them from auction procedures during emergency purchases; for other related purposes. Pending.
HJR 659 : Assigns to various entities of the Government of Puerto Rico and distributes a certain amount of funds from the General Fund to finance a portion of the first phase of the Strategic Plan to Reactivate Our Economy, Support Our Merchants and Protect Our Workers in response to the emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Enacted.
SR 1356 : Requests from the U.S. Congress equal treatment to Puerto Rico in all legislation, policy or economic, tax, and response to Coronavirus, as a permanent part of the United States; guarantees equal treatment to the health of the 3.2 million American citizens in Puerto Rico in the face of the national emergency; supports all the proposals presented by the resident commissioner in Washington, D.C., Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon, to achieve equal treatment for Puerto Rico. Adopted.
SB 1540 : Amends Law 45 of April 18, 1935, the Work Accident Compensation System Law, with the purpose of ensuring coverage of benefits to any public or private employee who is infected with the COVID-19 virus, or coronavirus, while providing an authorized service during the validity of the emergency declared by the Governor of Puerto Rico, as a result of the pandemic. Pending.
SB 1541 : Establishes the Coronavirus Emergency Law, in order to adopt and mandate emergency measures in Puerto Rico due to the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic; establishes coverage of tests to detect coronavirus free of charge for the patient; provides free, current treatment, medication and vaccine coverage for people diagnosed with coronavirus; establishes measures to preserve the health and safety of the elderly in establishments for the elderly or in state-subsidized housing projects. Pending.
SB 1542 : Establishes the Coronavirus Emergency Loan Moratorium Act, in order to adopt and mandate emergency measures in Puerto Rico due to the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic; provides automatic moratoriums on loans, according to the provisions, terms and exclusions established by this Law; establishes protections for debtors against foreclosure actions, according to the terms and provisions of this Law. Pending.
SB 1549 : Establishes the Law on Attention to Homeless Persons during the Coronavirus Emergency, in order to adopt emergency measures in Puerto Rico to attend to the homeless population during the state of emergency due to coronavirus, ensuring the voluntariness, dignity and rights of the homeless; establishes prevention and primary and secondary care measures for the homeless in Puerto Rico; establishes transitional measures subsequent to the repeal of the emergency declaration. Pending.
HR 1697 : Orders the House Committee on Health to conduct an investigation into the measures, plans and implementation of mechanisms for the detection, prevention and containment of the recent outbreak of pneumonia due to the new coronavirus. Adopted.
HB 2442 : Creates the Law to Combat COVID-19; establishes public policy of the Government of Puerto Rico on the treatment of the coronavirus; provides that all study, analysis and treatment of COVID-19, including hospitalization, will be free of cost for all citizens regardless of whether or not they have health insurance; establishes that no health insurer may require any copayment for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, including hospitalization. Eligible for Governor.
HB 2445 : Amends Law 1 of 2011, the Internal Revenue Code for a New Puerto Rico, in order to create a tax adjustment to all those merchants who have suffered economic damages as a result of full compliance with Executive Order 23 of 2020. Pending.
HB 2446 : Creates the Coronavirus Prevention, Detection, Containment, and Mitigation Act in Puerto Rico, in order to establish public policy to comprehensively and humanely address the impact on health, social welfare, and the economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic, also known as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease; creates a Citizen Commission for the Coordination and Management of Coronavirus; guarantees access to timely and adequate information. Pending.
HB 2454 : Establishes the Law to Authorize the Financing and Use of Funds for Emergency Services related to the Response, Recovery and Reconstruction resulting from Catastrophic Events, Hurricane Maria and the South West Puerto Rico Earthquake and the coronavirus pandemic; allows its use to address the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. Pending.
HB 2460 : Voids for six months the provisions of Law 272 of 2003, as amended, which regulates the tax on the royalty for occupancy of the Department of the Treasury by the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico, with the purpose of helping the economic effects that coronavirus has generated in the tourist industry. Pending.
HB 2462 : Creates the Forgiveness of Interest, Charges and Collection of Penalty for Late Payment, in order to establish a moratorium for the payment of mortgage loans, personal loans, credit cards, vehicle financing, telecommunications service, water service, electric energy service; relates to Executive Order 2020-023, relative to coronavirus, is in force, the collection of interest, charges and or penalties for these services and or debts is prohibited and a viable payment plan for the debtor is guaranteed. Pending.
HB 2468 : Establishes the Complementary Law to Address the Effects of the Puerto Rican Economy Caused by the coronavirus establishes specific public policy; establishes government programs, economic or contributory measures including prompt payment of accounts payable to suppliers of the Government. Pending.
HB 2471 : Provides for the mandatory use of medical masks for all employees in their work setting to prevent the spread of the coronavirus holds their employer responsible for providing the same to their employees; imposes penalties for violations. Pending.

Citations

(1) New York Times

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