With the Proclamation of the state of Emergency issued regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a multitude of states are taking precaution. Governors are issuing various measures to ensure the safety of residents and to prevent the further spread of the virus while business owners are adjusting to their new reality.

States that are leading the pack with mandated quarantines and county shutdowns are: Delaware, Ohio, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, and New York. The measures that are being instated vary depending on the level of exposure by state and county and the reactiveness of the respective government officials.

No states have legally mandated that residents are legally required to stay in their homes; however, there are varying measures encouraging citizens to remain within their residences. The common trend of measures has been for social distancing and self-quarantine. In the states that have been highly affected, more drastic measures like county lockdown and remaining 6 feet apart from anyone has been instated.

This has had a major effect on all “non-essential” businesses within the affected states/counties who have issued lockdowns and shelter in place measures. Some businesses have had to close their doors for the time being with the hope that they can re-open once the labeled pandemic has passed. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused an abundance of displaced workers and business owners who now must deal with the new state of things caused by the spread of the virus.

As of now, government officials ask that business where 10 or more people can be present at a time are not be available to the public. The restaurant and bar industry are the best example of this. Dine in service has been closed off; however, most companies are trying to stay open with delivery and take out options available. Only time will tell what the long-term effect this pandemic will have on the business world.

For further information, please visit the Resource Center on the Resourcing Edge website for select state specific as well as national guidelines at https://resourcingedge.com/covid-19-resource-center/

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