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March 31, 2020

Lawyers Permitted to Practice Amid COVID-19 Shutdown

Governor Northam’s EO-53 and EO-55, which have to be read together, provide that businesses offering professional services (including law firms/lawyers) may remain open, but should utilize teleworking as much as possible.

When telework is not feasible, such businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and apply the relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities. (Paragraph 8 of EO-53). Also, people should not gather in groups of more than 10.  (Paragraph 2 of EO-55.)

Likewise, clients may leave their residences for the purpose of obtaining legal services.  (Paragraph 1.a. of EO-55.)

The Governor’s orders expire June 10, 2020.

Updated: Mar 31, 2020