State Update: All States Will be Partially Reopened by Memorial Day Weekend; Oregon Supreme Court Temporarily Reinstates Governor's COVID-19 Restrictions

May 19, 2020

  • By Memorial Day weekend, every U.S. state will have begun lifting measures enacted weeks ago to curb the spread of coronavirus. Many governors have already pushed into a second phase of restarting their economies, with some states now allowing restaurants, retailers and personal service shops to reopen their doors. By now, all states but Connecticut have in some way begun loosening their restrictions. Use this state-by-state business guidance resource from the Chamber of Commerce to find guidelines, timelines and other reopening information for employers.
  • The Oregon Supreme Court has halted a lower court's order that had invalidated the statewide restrictions imposed by Gov. Kate Brown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. A Baker County circuit judge ruled on Monday that the governor's coronavirus-related restrictions were "null and void," in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches across Oregon that argued the state's social-distancing rules were unconstitutional. Within hours, Brown filed an emergency motion seeking a hold on the judge's preliminary injunction pending a review by the Oregon Supreme Court.

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