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Legal Practices Continue Amid Governor's Stay-At-Home Order

Tuesday, March 31, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Gov. Ralph Northam on March 30 issued a Temporary Stay-At-Home Order in the form of Executive Order 55.

This Executive Order requires Virginians to stay in their places of residence, with certain exceptions. One of those exceptions is to travel to and from work. Another exception permits individuals to leave their home to obtain professional services such as those of a lawyer.

Although travel to and from work is still permitted, the governor’s previous Executive Order 53 still applies. The limitations from Executive Order 53 on businesses such as law firms continue, but the VSB said March 31 that lawyers can continue to practice under these orders.

Professional services businesses are encouraged to use teleworking as much as possible, and “[a]ll businesses shall, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities while in operation.”

Under the Temporary Stay-At-Home Order issued March 30, Virginians may leave their households for the following purposes:

  • To obtain food, beverages, goods, and services as permitted in Executive Order 53. (This previous Executive Order limited restaurants to takeout and delivery only and placed social distancing requirements on nonessential retailers. Find EO 53 here);
  • To seek medical attention, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement, or emergency services;
  • To take care of other individuals, animals, or to visit the home of a family member;
  • To travel as required by a court order to facilitate child custody, visitation, or child care;
  • To engage in an outdoor activity, including exercise, as long as they maintain social distancing;
  • To travel to and from home, a place of worship, and work;
  • To travel to and from educational institutions;
  • To volunteer with volunteer organizations; and
  • To leave home due to a reasonable fear for health and safety, or at the direction of law enforcement or another government agency.

The March 30 Executive Order imposes a number of additional restrictions. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with it.

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