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Food Law and Safety During COVID-19
Dykema, March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the food industry, just as it has many others. The good news is that food-to-person transmission of the disease does not seem to be a risk. The challenge remains keeping workers safe from airborne and surface transmission. However, the FDA and the USDA have provided guidance and recommendations to food producers to deal with COVID-19, links to which have been provided below. The guidance focuses on stopping the person-to-person spread of the disease...

COVID-19: Prime Minister’s Decree of 22 March 2020 Temporary Closure of Production Activities to Limit Spread of Covid-19
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2020

The 22 March Decree was anticipated by two ordinances issued on 21 March 2020 by, respectively, the Lombardy Region1, subsequently amended on 22 March 2020 (the “Lombardy Ordinance”), and the Piedmont Region 2 (the “Piedmont Ordinance”). The ordinances provide for even more stringent restrictions for the regions concerned, and will remain in force until 3 April 2020 (for the Piedmont Region) and 15 April 2020 (for the Lombardy Region)...

Potential Government Relief for Hospitality Industry – Including Franchised Businesses
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

Seemingly overnight, flights and hotels emptied, and state and local governments began ordering restaurants, gyms, bars, and other “non-essential” businesses to close or to significantly curtail operations. Unemployment skyrocketed, and businesses began calling out for relief. In response, the government has proposed multiple initiatives to help stabilize businesses hit hard by current events, especially those in the hospitality industry, many of which are also franchises...

Showdown in the Penalty Area: An Opportunity for Change in Sport?
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Will the need to seek state aid due to the COVID-19 pandemic encourage sports unions to implement good governance principles? According to press reports, work is underway at the Ministry of Sport on abill to aid the sports sector, including financial support, as sport is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancellation of league matches, events and tournaments is causing heavy losses for all participants in the sector...

Governor Ralph Northam Cancels Schools and Closes Non-Essential Businesses in Virginia
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2020

As of Monday, March 23, Virginia Governor Northam announced all public K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of the school year and many – but not all – non-essential businesses will be required to close their doors. By the end of Tuesday (11:59 p.m. on March 24) some non-essential services, including all recreation and entertainment services, are to close...

Latest Updates for Alcohol Delivery by Restaurants in Tennessee
Waller, March 2020

Sunday morning, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order limiting restaurants, bars and similar food or drink establishments to drive-through, carry-out and delivery service only. Read the order here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can sell take-out and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver...

COVID-19 in Central America: Special Measures
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, March 2020

Special Report "COVID-19 in Central America" on special measures taken in each country of our region prepared by the multidisciplinary team of Consortium. The information contained in this publication is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is constantly updated and issubject to change. Last update: Monday March 27th...

HIPAA Guidance During COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

Amidst continuing COVID-19 concerns, regulators issued certain waivers of HIPAA requirements and penalties as well as additional guidance applicable during this public health emergency. HIPAA Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth...

COVID-19 and Restaurant Alcohol Sales in West Virginia
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2020

On March 18, 2020, Governor Jim Justice suspended the rule prohibiting bars and restaurants from providing beer and wine for off-premises consumption. Restaurants and bars with Class A licenses are now permitted to sell sealed bottles or cans of beer in their original containers and bottles of wine to-go so long as they are accompanied by food orders. The rule does not authorize the sale of beer growlers unless the individual possesses a beer growler license...

UPDATE! March 2020 Pennsylvania Legislative Update: COVID-19 Responses
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2020

UPDATE - On March 20 in the evening, Governor Wolf issued a revised list classifying businesses as life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining. The press release, list and frequently asked questions can be found here. In addition, Governor Wolf has extended the timeframe for enforcement of the order. The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently completed the Appropriations hearings related to the FY 2020-2021 budget. The plans to resume the legislative session were altered due to COVID-19...

Sports, Major Events and COVID-19: What Should Event Organisers be Doing?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

COVID-19 is disrupting events all around the world COVID-19 is causing disruption to sports and other events around the world. In the United States, the NBA has been put on hold, the Players’ Championship and other PGA events have been cancelled, and cancellations and postponements have occurred in motor racing, baseball and a host of other sports...

The Impacts of The Coronavirus on Professional Sports (In Particular, Soccer)
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, March 2020

STATUS QUO (ON MARCH 18, 2020) The Europe-wide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now also directly affecting the professional sports sector. As a consequence, there are not only games that are being played without fans and soccer leagues suspended from the Bundesliga all the way down to the 3rddivision, but even entire remaining seasons (including of the German Ice Hockey League and the German Volleyball League) have been canceled...

Bars, Restaurants and Leisure Centres will be Closed at Least Until 3 April 2020. What Does This Mean for All Lease Agreements Concerned?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

  All shops, bars, restaurants and leisure centres will be closed at least until 6 April 2020. Only grocery stores, pet food stores, pharmacies, banks, post offices and book shops will remain open until that date insofar as the social distancing (at least 1 meter distance) can be guaranteed. Night shops can stay open until 10 pm insofar as social distancing is applied. Food stalls on markets are only allowed insofar as considered essential...

Coronavirus Interrupts Beer Board Licensing in Tennessee
Waller, March 2020

It is official. The coronavirus is slowing down the sale of beer, or at least the issuance of beer permits. We are going to keep a running list of closures atLast Call. If you know of any that are not on our list, please email me here...

How to Support your Local Watering Hole in Nashville
Waller, March 2020

Mayor Cooper‘s announcement that he was closing bars in Nashville as a result of the coronavirus epidemic quickly went viral among locals. We have been hearing the same question from tons of bar owners: What do we do? We recommend that you serve food and provide a safe environment for your customers. If you have a decent food menu and loyal customers, become a restaurant in this time of need...

COVID-19: New Emergency Measures - Prime Minister Decree of 11 March 2020
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, March 2020

  As the number of novel coronavirus infections (“Covid-19” or “Coronavirus”) and fatalities continue to rise, on 11 March 2020 the Italian Prime Minister issued a decree to impose new emergency measures to contain and manage the spread of the virus (the “11 March Decree”). Always on 11 March, the World Health Organisation has declared that Covid...

Cancelled Due To COVID-19? Look Closely At Your Event Cancellation Policy
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, March 2020

  Timing is everything. Just as conference season is getting into full swing, COVID-19 has lashed out in force. In the past 24 hours alone, we have received numerous calls from clients about annual meetings, trade shows and speaking engagements they have been compelled to cancel, all on short notice, due to the novel coronavirus...

Coronavirus COVID-19 Coworking with COVID-19
Waller, March 2020

Soccer matches played to 100,000 empty seats. Marathons with 200 runners in silent streets. Business blocks deserted. Restaurants closed. Those areas hardest hit by coronavirus can look like something out of an apocalyptic movie. And now, just two months after the new type of virus was first identified in China, Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) has hit the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, coronavirus has been found in over 80 countries and 13 U.S...

Coronavirus: Responsible Advertising and Fair Pricing Practices
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2020

  There has been an increase in the number of businesses seeking to exploit coronavirus for commercial gain, often in breach of relevant advertising and consumer regulations. What can you do to make sure your advertising practices are above board? Background A surge in the demand for products related to coronavirus, such as facemasks and hand sanitiser gel, has led to a range of issues, particularly in relation to responsible advertising and fair pricing practices...

Sex Trafficking Laws: Hospitality, Privacy and Potential Liability – What Happens in That Hotel Room...Matters.
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2020

The Issue: The explosive subject of sex trafficking has emerged in the media and in the public's consciousness around the world. Sexual activity in hotel rooms is not new, nor is it illegal for consenting adults. However, there are greater risks for hospitality operators who fail to maintain a certain level of vigilance about whether they may be enabling sex traffickers and facilitating their activities...

Are Co-Living Spaces Here to Stay?
TSMP Law Corporation, February 2020

The sharing economy enters the home as rising property prices drive nomadic millennial singletons to seek an alternative to the inflexible rented apartment.An impromptu foosball game with your neighbour while waiting for the laundry. Cooking classes in a communal Masterchef-inspired kitchen. Movie screenings, board game nights, and in-house yoga and meditation sessions. These are but some of the activities to look forward to if you take up quarters in a co-living facility...

Website Accessibility Lawsuits Continue to Trend Up
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2020

This article updates information published in "Is Your Online Business Accessible To Persons With Disabilities?" In 2018, practitioners scouring nationwide federal court records identified more than 2,250 lawsuits filed alleging website inaccessibility under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)1...

Facebook may be Required to Seek and Erase Illegal Content Worldwide
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2019

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that hosting providers, in this case Facebook, may be required by a court to seek and erase content which is identical or, under certain circumstances, equivalent to information previously found to be unlawful. In terms of the relevant international law, this obligation could also be extended to content worldwide...

Legal Aspects of Media Activity Report
Wardynski & Partners, October 2019

We now provide you a report devoted to legal issues related to the functioning of the media—both traditional and tech-based. We discuss below some of the most important practical issues in the media business today. The media industry is continually evolving along with the development of new technologies. The appearance of social media redefined how people communicate and impacted how journalists practise their profession...

High Court Blocks Illegal Live Streaming of Premier League Games
A&L Goodbody, September 2019

 For the first time, the Irish High Court has been asked to make a blocking order in regard to the illegal live streaming of Premier League games. Instead of watching Premier League games through legitimate and licensed services, some people were seeking to do so free of charge...

 

 

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