Effective March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 (“Order”), directing all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructures.  This Order shall stay in effect until further notice.

The directive is consistent with the March 19, 2020, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During the COVID-19 Response.  The purpose of the Order is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to preserve the public health and safety, and to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all and prioritizing those at the highest risk and vulnerability.

The Order recognizes that “the supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care.  When people need to leave their homes or places of residences, whether to obtain or perform the functions above or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary functions, they should at all times practice social distancing.”

Jackson Lewis has a dedicated team tracking and responding to the developing issues facing employers in this difficult time. If you need guidance in handling the complicated issues pertaining to COVID-19, contact a Jackson Lewis attorney to discuss.