By: Sarah Flotte and Adam Weiner

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released long-awaited Guidance this morning regarding permissible activities and relaxed precautions for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second shot of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).

Specifically, today’s CDC Guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals may:

  • Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask;
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19; and
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure to COVID-19 if asymptomatic.

Continue Reading CDC Releases Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons

By Andy Smetana and Teri Lindquist

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released a flurry of new materials implementing changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These materials provide clarifications and updates, but also introduce new changes that borrowers should note when applying for loan forgiveness, a loan increase, or a “second draw” PPP loan.

By Jill Ripke and Matt Goldberg

On December 14, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order N-84-20 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited, to updating the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) emergency regulations, which went into effect November 30, 2020. The Executive Order modified the emergency regulations so that they incorporate the new California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance, specifically stating that the exclusion periods in Sections 3205(c)(10) and (11) are suspended to the extent that they exceed the longer of the applicable quarantine or isolation period recommended by CDPH.
Continue Reading California’s New Executive Order and COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance

By Jill RipkeLauren Kulpa, and Brittany Sachs

On Friday, November 13, 2020, California, Oregon and Washington issued additional orders related to COVID-19.  The three orders are worded similarly and address Non-Essential Travel (travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature).  The orders provide that:

    • 1. Persons arriving in [the state

By Andy Smetana, Joe Bailey and Teri Lindquist

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), on June 22, 2020, issued new guidance in their interim final rule #20 with respect to the terms of and process for applying for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new guidance modifies prior rulemaking based on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 enacted on June 5, 2020 (Flexibility Act) and the new “EZ” form of loan forgiveness application released by the SBA on June 16, 2020. (For our earlier updates on the Flexibility Act and the EZ form, see here and here.) Interim final rule #20 also creates a new limit for business owners and expands a safe harbor created under the Flexibility Act for borrowers who have not been able to restore their prior business activity due to certain government orders related to COVID-19. Highlights from interim final rule #20 are as follows:
Continue Reading New Guidance Provides Clarification for the PPP Loan Forgiveness Process

On June 18, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order manding that people in California wear face coverings in “high-risk” situations. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a guidance document that updates existing guidance regarding the use of cloth face coverings by the public when outside the home. Under the new mandate, individuals in California must wear face coverings in the following “high-risk” situations, as provided in the updated CDPH guidance:
Continue Reading California Mandates Masks as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

On June 17, 2020, Governor Ducey announced an enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan that includes an executive order providing that the Arizona Department of Health Services shall implement a system for contact tracing. The order also provides that a county, city, or town may, based on conditions in its jurisdiction, adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Continue Reading Arizona Issues Further Plan re COVID-19, Including Requirements for Businesses to Address Face Coverings and Symptom Screenings