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COVID-19 Business Closure and Continuity Compliance Resource

In less than a few weeks’ time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. Businesses, large and small, have had to grapple with unprecedented challenges, including orders to close or significantly curtail operations in order to stem the transmission of the coronavirus. Often, these orders have not been clear or businesses are unsure whether they fit in a category that is deemed essential, life sustaining or other similar category that permits them to continue to operate. Or, the business believes that it is necessary for it to continue to operate for reasons that may not have been apparent to the governmental authority issuing the order.

White and Williams has been busy assisting our clients in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other states in understanding these orders. Below are government orders, and related resources, that have been announced and/or are currently in effect. White and Williams will continue to monitor these orders and add additional orders and resources as they are announced.


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AK Small Community Emergency Travel Order (PDF)

AK Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order (PDF)


CA Executive Order N-33-20 (PDF)


CO Stay-at-Homer Order (PDF)


CT Executive Order No. 7H Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response - Restrictions on Workplaces for Non-Essential Businesses, Coordinated Response Effort (PDF)

CT What’s Still Open Under Gov. Lamont’s Coronavirus Social-Distancing Policy, “Stay Safe, Stay Home” (Website)

CT Launches Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program (Website)


DE Fourth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency (PDF)

DE list of "Non-Essential Businesses" (PDF)


HI Third Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19 (PDF)


ID Order to Self Isolate (PDF)

ID List of Essential Services (PDF)


IL Executive Order No 8 "Stay at Home Order" (PDF)


IN Executive Order 20-08 Directive for Hoosiers to Stay At Home (PDF)

IN Executive Order 20-08 FAQ (PDF)

IN Essential Businesses and Operations List (PDF)


KS Executive Order No. 20-15 (Kansas Essential Function Framework) (PDF)

KS Executive Order No. 20-16 (PDF)


KY Executive Order 2020-257 (PDF)


LA Proclamation Number 33-JBE-2020 "Additional Measures for COVID-19 Stay at Home" (PDF)


MD Order of the Governor (PDF)

MD Office of Legal Counsel Interpretive Guidance (PDF)


MA Order "Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than 10 People (PDF)

MA list of "Essential Services" (PDF)


MI Executive Order 2020-21 (PDF)


MN Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home (PDF)

MN Executive Order 20-18 Continuing the Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation (PDF)


MT Executive Order No. 3-2020 (PDF)

MT Directive Implementing Executive Order No. 3-2020 and 2-2020 (PDF)


NV "Declaration of Emergency Directive 003" (PDF)

new hampshire

NH Emergency Order 17 (Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04) (PDF)

NH Essential Services (Exhibit A to Emergency Order 17) (PDF)

new jersey

NJ Executive Order No. 122 (PDF)

NJ Executive Order No. 107 (PDF)

NJ Administrative Order: 2020-6 added additional businesses to the list of essential businesses (PDF)

NJ New Jersey Economic Development Authority approves assistance programs for businesses affected by COVID-19 (Website)

New mexico

NM Public Health Order Closing All Businesses (PDF)

New York

NY Executive Order Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency (PDF)

NY list of "Essential Businesses" (Website)

NYC Emergency Executive Order No. 100 (PDF)

north carolina

NC Executive Order No. 121 (PDF)

NC Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


OH Director’s Stay Home Order (PDF)


OK Fourth Amended Executive Order 2020-07 (PDF)


OR Executive Order 20-12 "Stay Home, Save Lives" (PDF)


PA Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-Person Operations (PDF)

PA Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Building Safety Measures (PDF)

Philadelphia Guidance for Essential Businesses and Organizations During COVID-19 (PDF)

Philadelphia Community Facility Cleaning Guidance for COVID-19 Coronavirus (PDF)

PA Executive Order Regarding the Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining (PDF)

PA supplemental list of "Life Sustaining Businesses" (PDF)

PA Manufacturers' Association's COVID-19 Resources and Updates (Website)

PA Department of Community and Economic Development FAQ (PDF)

The Pennsylvania Builders Association has with template letters to send to the governor and the legislature (Word)

PA Order from the Secretary of the Department of Health (PDF)

PA Department of Community and Economic Development application for Wavier to Business Closure (Website)

PA Executive Order For Individuals to Stay At Home (PDF)

PA Stay at Home Guidance (PDF)

Philadelphia Emergency Order Prohibiting Operation of Non-Essential Businesses (PDF)

Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund (Website)

PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (Website)


RI Executive Order 20-24 Requiring Cloth Face Masks at Work (PDF)

RI Executive Order 20-09 (PDF)


TX Executive Order GA-08 (PDF)

TX Declaration of Public Health Disaster (PDF)


VT Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 1 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 2 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 3 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 4 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 5 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)

VT Addendum 6 to Executive Order No. 01-20 (PDF)


VA Executive Order Number Fifty-Three (PDF)


WA Proclamation by the Governor "Stay Home - Stay Healthy" (PDF)

WA Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list (PDF)

Washington, dc

DC Mayor's Order 2020-053 (PDF)


WI Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home Order (PDF) 

West virginia

WV Executive Order No. 9-20 (PDF)

WV Shutdown FAQ (PDF)

As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), White and Williams lawyers are working collaboratively to stay current on developments and counsel clients through the various legal and business issues that may arise across a variety of sectors. Read all of the updates here.

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