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FTC Is Scrutinizing COVID-19 Advertising As Consumer Complaints Soar
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is devoting significant resources to combat deceptive COVID-19 advertising in a range of industries as consumer complaints to the FTC pick up steam. Companies are shifting marketing spend to cover COVID-19 messaging and should be mindful of the FTC’s increased scrutiny. Through April 9, 2020, the FTC has received 15,006 consumer complaints relating to COVID-19 advertising and business activities...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Opposite Sides of the Table: Restaurants Seek Recovery From Insurers for Business Interruption in the Wake of COVID-19
Buchalter, April 2020

As COVID-19 cases have continued to spread across the country resulting in government-issued “shelter in place” orders, few industries have felt the impact as swiftly and deeply as the restaurant industry.  Indeed, such government orders have required restaurants to shut down all onsite dining, causing a sharp decline in restaurant revenue.  According to restaurant...

What Franchise and Hospitality Companies Should Know! A Guide to CARES and Other Relief Programs
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting every business sector across the globe. Many new resources, however, including the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provide franchise and hospitality businesses with opportunities for relief. The following information is intended to aid franchise and hospitality companies in understanding options available to them during this time...

My Bar or Restaurant has Closed for Coronavirus, Now What
Waller, April 2020

On the heels of Gov. Bill Lee’s Safer at Home Order, we are seeing a second wave of restaurant closures. Which begs an important question: Should I let the ABC and local beer board know that my business is closed? Although we have not seen any formal guidance from the ABC or beer boards on temporary corona closures, we do not expect any citations to issue for closed restaurants, bars, hotels and other licensed establishments...

Call for Creatives: United Nations Opens Submission Process for COVID-19 Messaging Work
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

The United Nations has issued a “Global Call to Creatives” (the “Call”) asking content creators, influencers, advertisers, and others to help in translating public health messages “into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms...

Congress Provides COVID-19 Relief to Airlines and Aviation Workers
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2 trillion bipartisan legislation serves as a third round of federal government support in the wake of the economic fallout from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Among other things, the Act provides significant relief to air carriers and aviation employees. We outline some of the key provisions below...

Massachusetts Legislation, Regulations, and Programs Regarding COVID-19 Emergency
Verrill, March 2020

On March 24th, the Governor filed legislation to make temporary changes to Massachusetts’ laws and regulations covering a wide range of public and private enterprises to remain in effect during the Covid-19 emergency including the following: 1...

COVID-19: What Counts as a Food Business? The Coronavirus Act and the Food Supply Chain
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, March 2020

The identification of the food and drink sector as key in the response to the COVID-19 (C19) crisis seems obvious and unquestionable. Scratch the surface though and questions emerge, perhaps unsurprisingly because of the haste with which the emergency legislation was passed. The starting point recognised in the Coronavirus Bill was that the food supply chain involved not just producers but also intermediaries...

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...

Food Safety Practices in the Time of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Restaurateurs and their employees don’t need anything else to worry about these days. It is challenging enough to operate a restaurant in this time of quarantines, curbside and delivery-only options, and social distancing added to the attendant drops in revenue and worries about making sure employees are cared for. Maybe the absolute last thing any restaurant wants to focus on are food safety regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...

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...

COVID-19: Prime Ministers 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...

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...

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...

Hospitality Practice Group Alert Outbreak of COVID-19: To-Do Actions
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., March 2020

As of March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as an international pandemic, which besides the unfortunate health implications, it will produce a wide range of legal and economic impacts and challenges...

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: Wednesday 1 April...

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 Khn Ler 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...

California Governor's Executive Order to Utilize Hotels for Emergency Purposes
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

Governor Newsom’s March 4th Executive Order N-25-20, mandates that the “California Health and Human Services Agency [“CHHS”] and the Office of Emergency Services shall identify, and shall otherwise be prepared to make available—including through the execution of any necessary contracts or other agreements and, if necessary, through the exercise of the State’s power to commandeer property—hotels and other places of temporary residence, medical fac

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...



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