Executive Order No. 156 & Re-Opening of Playgrounds
On June 22, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 156. This executive order supersedes the capacity limitations, established by Executive Order No. 152, by increasing the amount of individuals permitted at both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Our prior blog on Executive Order 152, is here.
Executive Order No. 152 - Stay-at-Home Order Lifted
On Tuesday June 9, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 152. This executive order lifts the state’s stay-at-home order and relaxes the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, which were established by Executive Order No. 107, on March 21, 2020.
6.10.20 NYC Courts Re-Opening
On June 9, 2020, Chief Judge DiFiore made an announcement that New York City courthouses are opening for judges and designated staff in the City’s five boroughs returning to their courthouses beginning on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Although the City’s courthouses remained open during the pandemic, State courts limited their operations, consolidated court facilities, and implemented some virtual court operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey Reopening Pools, Beginning June 22, 2020
We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy in this difficult time. On Monday, June 15, 2020, New Jersey is set to enter “Stage 2” of its reopening plan. This permits restaurants to begin offering outdoor dining again. Non-essential retail stores can similarly reopen, at fifty percent (50%) capacity. Additionally, daycare centers can also open up beginning June 15, 2020.
Executive Order No. 151
On June 4, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 151. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, extended on April 7, 2020 through Executive Order No. 119, and extended further on May 6, 2020 through Executive Order No. 138. Pursuant to Section 26:13-3(b), of the Emergency Health Powers Act, public health emergencies declared by the Governor shall automatically terminate after 30 days, unless renewed for an additional 30 days through a declaration of the Governor.
June 2020: The Focus on Re-opening
Governor Murphy has been attempting to re-open the State of New Jersey. This plan appears to be a synchronization with the worldwide effort to return to some kind of normalcy. As part of his six-phase plan, we are currently in phase 1, with a close eye toward phase 2.
UPDATE – PENNSYLVANIA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER FURTHER RESTRICTING THE COMMENCEMENT OF CERTAIN ACTIONS RELATED TO THE DISPOSSESSION OF PROPERTY, INCLUDING FORECLOSURES
On May 7, 2020, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued an Executive Order that further stayed actions concerning the dispossession of certain real property in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures and evictions proceedings that would have been lifted on May 11, 2020, has now been extended to July 10, 2020.
Executive Order 147 – Further Openings With Restrictions
Another day, another Executive Order. These newer Executive Orders being received, however, are a great step toward the re-opening of the State of New Jersey. We look forward now to further openings. Below are those businesses/activities allowed to open under the newest Executive Order, published yesterday on the Governor’s website today:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 142 – GOVERNOR BEGINS TO OPEN NEW JERSEY NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL STORES AND GATHERINGS BY VEHICLE
The Governor for the State of New Jersey has issued another Executive Order. We all are hoping that this pandemic will come to an end soon. This Executive Order is a step toward reopening. Executive Order 142 authorizes the reopening of some non-essential businesses or operations, with the restrictions set forth in the Order.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION, LOAN FORGIVENESS, AND TITLE I OF THE CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Title I of the CARES Act is separately titled the “Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act”. Within it are conditions for loan forgiveness and the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). This section of the CARES Act greatly impacts the availability of Small Business Association (“SBA”) loans. The purpose of Title I of the CARES Act is to assist underfunded businesses (including nonprofits) so they can keep their employees on payroll, covered by health insurance, and off unemployment.