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Growing Number of States Enact “Shelter in Place” Executive Orders

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase exponentially across the nation and the world, more states are implementing “Shelter in Place” executive orders to help “flatten the curve.” Perhaps your business is now operating almost completely remotely – or perhaps you’re one of the many businesses deemed “essential,” keeping your physical doors open to customers. Either way, you’ve likely considered how these stay-at-home orders impact your organization.

At their most basic, these statewide orders restrict residents from going outside. People must remain at home except for essential, necessary reasons. That means businesses like dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and other similar gathering places are shut down, while more necessary places like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores remain open.

In some states, the order is especially stringent, prohibiting all travel, including walking and biking, unless classified “essential.” Other areas allow walking, running, and hiking within the limits of safe social distancing. Furthermore, violations of the stay-at-home order vary across states, in some instances issuing a misdemeanor punishable with fines or jail time and in other instances providing an opportunity to “educate citizens” instead of making an arrest.

For more details on what Shelter in Place executive orders look like in your area, please reference the following list of states that contains links to the respective government order or press release:

California

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Illinois

Indiana

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Nevada

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Texas

West Virginia

Wisconsin

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Synergy representative for questions and concerns, particularly in these challenging times.