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On April 16, 2020, the White House issued “Guidelines: Opening Up America Again” (Guidelines), with criteria for how state and local officials, employers and individuals should approach reopening segments of their communities after various stay-at-home orders, essential-business regimens and other social distancing measures that Federal, State and local governments have issued in response to the coronavirus and COVID-19.
The Guidelines recommend a three-phased approach to reopening, with “Gating Criteria” before States can begin Phase One. An important component to the Guidelines are the directions to all employers and to industry-specific employers. In general, until a state or locality is in Phase Two, when schools are allowed to reopen, burdens on employers and employees will not significantly diminish. It is only in Phase Three that the workplace will begin to resemble “pre-COVID-19” conditions.
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