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Governor Baker Extends Order on Non-Essential Business Closure Through May 4, 2020

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On March 31, 2020, Governor Baker extended his March 23, 2020 order mandating the temporary closure of all “non-essential” workplaces through May 4, 2020 (the “Order”). In addition, as of noon on April 1, 2020, Exhibit A to the Governor’s Order will expand to include a broader scope of COVID-19 Essential Services. The expansion provides additional clarity to businesses regarding certain supply chain and other essential services. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (the “EOHED”) has issued guidance to help businesses comply with the Governor’s Order. Notably, the EOHED guidance states that workers providing essential services are not required to carry documentation that reflect essential status. 

For additional information on these issues, please review our advisory Enforcement of Governor Baker’s Order Mandating Temporary Closure of ‘Non-Essential’ Workplaces.

This advisory was prepared by Laura Martin and Liam O’Connell in Nutter’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group. For more information, please contact Liam, Laura, or your Nutter attorney at 617.439.2000.

This update is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances. Under the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, this material may be considered as advertising. 

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