By   On March 23, 2020
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COVID-19 Alert

To our clients, friends and colleagues:

Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut has issued an Executive Order directing all workers at ‘non-essential’ businesses in the state to stay at home during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This order, which follows similar orders from the states of New York, Pennsylvania, California and Illinois, will go into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and will remain in place through April 22, 2020.

‘Essential’ businesses are exempt from the order and will be permitted to stay open. Those businesses include those in the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (available here) along with other specific essential businesses enumerated under the order.

While the language is not free from interpretation questions, the order clearly applies to non-essential aspects of ‘essential’ businesses, meaning workers performing non-essential functions at essential businesses must also remain at home. For instance, a defense contractor is an essential business except for functions of that contractor that can be performed remotely such as, for example, administrative, accounting and engineering functions that are capable of being performed remotely. The full text of the order is available here and Governor Lamont’s related press release is available here.

If you have any questions about the applicability of Connecticut, New York or any other “stay in place” order to your business, please do not hesitate to contact us. While we are currently operating remotely in order to ensure the safety of our team and our clients, our remote capability allows for uninterrupted continuity of service. We remain available by the same phone numbers and email addresses, and we continue to have full access to the full range of our data and resources.

Martin LLP is ready, willing and able to help you work through legal and any other issues relating to your business as we all face this unprecedented and unpredictable health crisis, including questions to enforceableability of contracts, insurance coverage, employee relations, and remote working rules among other things.

Patience, kindness and partnership will get us through this difficult time and we are here for you.

“Stay Safe. Stay Home”

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