Among these restrictions is a telework mandate requiring, unless impossible to do so, businesses to conduct operations remotely. Businesses not able to implement telework may conduct in-person operations subject to all other applicable state health and public safety orders. Governor Wolf’s new Targeted Mitigation Order goes into effect on July 16, 2020, and continues until further notice. Secretary of Health Rachel Levine issued a complementary Order citing an increase in new cases both in Pennsylvania and across the country.
In addition to the teleworking requirement, the new requirements place additional restrictions on businesses, including but not limited to the following:
Pennsylvania recently exceeded 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day for the first time in several weeks. Officials hope reinstating these restrictions will prevent the need to re-implement more aggressive measures in the future.
On May 8, 2020, Pennsylvania began gradually removing restrictions on businesses. The new restrictions, following the universal masking order issued July 1, 2020, represent a significant shift back towards more restrictive measures.
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Author Jonathan Krause is a partner in the Litigation Department at Klehr Harrison.