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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

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August 11, 2020

Governor Baker’s Revised Order Sets Forth New Restrictions on Gatherings in Light of the Increase of Cases in Massachusetts

By Bret A. Cohen, Joseph M. Donovan, Kelly Hogan

Governor Baker issued the Third Revised Order Regulating Gatherings Throughout the Commonwealth (the “COVID-19 Order No. 46”) on August 7, 2020. Pursuant to COVID-19 Order No. 46, starting on August 11, 2020, the following limitations on social gatherings are mandatory:

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to eight persons per 1,000 square feet and never more than 25 persons in a single enclosed indoor space.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25% of the maximum permitted occupancy of the facility set forth in the occupancy permit on record, or where there is no occupancy limitation on record eight persons per 1,000 square feet. The maximum number of people in a gathering in a single outdoor space is 50.
  • Any participants in indoor and/or outdoor gatherings must maintain at least six feet of physical distance from every other participant at the gathering except participants who are members of the same household. If it is unreasonable for participants to remain at least six feet away from others at all times, the gathering is in violation of COVID-19 Order No. 46.

The gathering restrictions set forth in COVID-19 Order No. 46 apply to all gatherings in public and private locations within the Commonwealth, including private homes, backyards, parks, athletic fields, and parking lots. It does not, however, impact general capacity limitations on large, unenclosed public areas such as beaches. Further, any person over the age of two must wear a face covering at a gathering of more than ten people where persons from different households are present.

Businesses and organizations designated as Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III enterprises previously permitted to open their brick-and-mortar locations are exempt from COVID-19 Order No. 46 provided they remain in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Public Health, Department of Labor Standards, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Governor Baker emphasized the fact that bars are closed and restaurants are required to serve food prepared on site in order to serve alcoholic beverages.

Outdoor gatherings for the purpose of political expression and religious activities are exempt from the restrictions set forth in COVID-19 Order 46, however, indoor gatherings for political purpose are subject to the limitations set for in COVID-19 Order 46. Religious services shall continue to follow the COVID-19 safety rules and capacity limitations set forth in the Places of Worship sector-specific guidance.

Lastly, COVID-19 Order No. 46 sets forth a number of legal exceptions it does not apply to, including, but not limited to, any municipal legislative body, the General Court, the Judiciary, Federal governmental entities, health care facilities or licensed health are provider, polling places, elementary and secondary schools, certain approved child care programs, facilities operated, contracted or licensed by the Department of Corrections or Sherriff, Department of Youth Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health or Department of Developmental Services, and facilities and programs providing a safe space for the homeless such as domestic violence shelters.

Notably, Governor Baker granted state and local police the authority to enforce these new limitations and announced a COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team that will monitor and work to enforce the new regulations. This is in stark contrast to the public health and safety departments previously assigned to this task. Businesses and individuals are subject to discipline for any violation of COVID-19 Order No. 46 including, but not limited to, a fine of $500 for each violation and/or revocation, suspension or cancellation of their liquor license.

COVID-19 Order No. 46 goes into effect August 11, 2020 and remains in effect until rescinded or until the state of emergency ends, whichever occurs first. The second part of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening place is delayed indefinitely.

Reach out directly to Bret Cohen or Joseph Donovan with any questions concerning Governor Baker’s phased reopening announcement or related orders.

For additional information on COVID-19 related issues, please visit Nelson Mullins COVID-19 resource page or contact a Nelson Mullins attorney.