Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Issues
- On July 29, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Maryland Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (“Order”), which, among other things, expanded Maryland’s Face Covering mandate to also include when an individual is obtaining health care services. The order expanding Maryland’s Face Covering mandate is effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. To read a summary of of this executive order, click here.
- Effective July 25, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services extended the public health emergency as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Virginia Announces An Emergency Temporary Standard on Workplace Safety - July 15, 2020
- To view a summary of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's alert concerning new workplace safety requirements in Virginia, click here.
- Update on The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program
- On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released two new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications.
- On June 12, 2020, the Small Business Administration released a revised Paycheck Protection Program loan application.
- Beginning on April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships were able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP").
- An update about the prohibition of elective and non-urgent surgeries, and an information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- To view Virginia's amended executive order regarding the licensing of health care professionals in response to COVID-19, please click here.
- June 30, 2020 Executive Order -- Governor Northam Prohibits Congregating in Bars, Stresses Caution As Virginia Moves to Phase Three
Immunity for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Pandemic:
Update on Courts:
- Maryland Courts resumed jury trials on April 26, 2021.
- Virginia Courts may elect to resume in-person proceedings. All jury trials are suspended until May 30, 2021, unless the Supreme Court of Virginia approves a locality’s jury trial resumption plan.
- D.C. Superior Court will conduct remote proceedings until May 20, 2021, with the exception of limited in-person proceedings and some criminal jury trials. Civil jury trials remain suspended but are expected to resume sometime in May 2021.