On May 14, 2020, the Japanese government announced that it has lifted the state of emergency for 39 prefectures, including Aichi, Fukuoka and Ibaraki. Although the largely voluntary restrictive measures under the state of emergency have been lifted with respect to these 39 prefectures, the Japanese government requests that people within these prefectures try to

The Japanese government announced that it is extending the state of emergency for all of Japan through May 31, 2020.  The state of emergency was initially announced on April 7 for Tokyo and six prefectures but was the expanded to all prefectures on April 16.  The Japanese government may extend the state of emergency further depending on the spread of COVID-19 within the country.  The state of emergency may be lifted with respect to certain prefectures prior to May 31 depending on the spread of infections within those prefectures.

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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

Mayer Brown’s COVID-19 Global Response Team has launched two new tools on its COVID-19 portal, the Back to Business Navigator and the Global Stimulus Navigator, to help companies navigate the myriad legal issues across jurisdictions that most affect their business.

The gradual process of reopening the economy and businesses by lifting government-mandated stay-at-home

It was late December when the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China. Since then, the disease has spread across the world in a global pandemic. In response, countries have instituted various measures in an effort to slow its spread. One common measure has been to order non-essential businesses to suspend operations. Another common measure has been to limit domestic and foreign travel. But as the economic toll increases and the pandemic begins to abate in certain regions, governments are starting to think about how they will restart their economies.

Yesterday, April 15, 2020, for example, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a plan to begin reopening the shuttered portions of Germany’s economy starting next week. The day before, US President Donald Trump signaled his desire to reopen American businesses by May 1 if not earlier.

Although the process of reopening businesses is still in its early stages even where the pandemic’s apex has apparently passed, this much is clear already: the process will be gradual, vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and confront business with myriad issues.

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With infections rising in various parts of the country and the annual extended holiday break coming up, the Japanese government announced that it will be expanding the declaration of emergency, which was first in effect on April 8 for seven prefectures (including Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures), to now all of Japan. The declaration of emergency will be effective until May 6 for all prefectures but may be extended at the discretion of the Japanese government depending on how the infection spreads.

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In Mexico, the first case of COVID-19 appeared on February 27, 2020.  Since that time, its transmission through community spread has grown exponentially.  If the virus continues to spread at the current rate, the available medical facilities in Mexico will be stressed and eventually overloaded with critical patients.

Considering that the risk of community spread of COVID-19 through person-to-person contact is magnified when people congregate together, the Mexican government, like many of its global counterparts, implemented measures in order to protect, preserve, and promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the people in Mexico.

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On April 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-42 (Executive Order), which directs Michigan residents to “remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible” until 11:59 pm on April 30, 2020, unless exempted under the Executive Order. Subject to certain exceptions, the Executive Order limits in-person business and governmental operations, requires Michigan residents to remain in their homes, and prohibits “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household.” Willful violation of the Executive Order is a misdemeanor. Below is a summary of the restrictions that apply to businesses:

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Effective April 8, 2020 at midnight Japan time, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency specifically designated for Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Fukuoka, as well as the three prefectures surrounding Tokyo (Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba) initially until May 6. The declaration was made under a special measures law, which will provide each prefectural governor the legal authority to request or demand restrictions on the use of various establishments in their respective prefectures,* such as schools, nurseries, movie theaters, exhibition halls, hotels, museums, art galleries and retail stores. Certain establishments are expected to be exempt, such as supermarkets (food and hygienic products only), drugstores, gasoline stands. Railroads, roads and essential utilities are also expected to continue operations (although the operators of specific train lines and essential utilities may adjust their operations as they deem appropriate).

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted a variety of restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. Among other things, governors and state officials have issued stay-at-home orders, banned or restricted gatherings of groups, and ordered closure of certain non-essential business operations. Several states have also imposed varying restrictions on travelers from other parts of the country. Most of these interstate travel restrictions take the form of mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements for people traveling from COVID-19 hot spots, such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana. However, some states have taken more aggressive approaches, ranging from highway checkpoints to orders prohibiting hotels from accommodating residents of certain states where the virus is widespread. This post explains and analyzes these restrictions.

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