State emergency or stay-at-home orders vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and, during the past month, have shifted to address local issues dealing with COVID-19. The frequent changes across many jurisdictions have presented substantial challenges for contractors with operations in different locations.

To date, 44 states and the District of Columbia have ordered nonessential businesses to cease on-site operations. Most of those orders encourage (or permit) so-called essential businesses to continue operations, and authorize employees to travel to and from work (or other essential activities), while making clear that essential businesses should require social distancing and permit telework to the maximum extent possible.

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