On April 14, 2020, Governor Newsom held a press conference and unveiled six key factors he is taking into account when considering future modifications to the stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These key indicators are:
- The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
- The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
- The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
- The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
- The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
- The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
While Governor Newsom did not extend the current stay-at-home orders currently in effect, he did say that he would update Californians in approximately two weeks about what our new normal might look like. Any modifications will weigh heavily on his view of these 6 factors above, and the movement forward will definitely be gradual. The forthcoming modifications will also play a huge role in non-essential businesses getting back and up and running. As an employer, making sure you are prepared to return your employees to a safe working environment is just as important in minimizing risk as addressing the needs of those same employees during the Shelter-in-place orders in effect now. To make sure you are handling the impact COVID-19 has on the workplace properly, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.
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