May 11 2020

There is no single, national approach to reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown. Unlike the shutdown period, which had many common elements across the country, there are 50 different state-level approaches to allowing businesses to reopen their doors.

Building on its COVID-19 state closure orders mapping project, stateclosures.com, Womble Bond Dickinson today launched State Reopenings: The Blog. This interactive online resource will provide deeper dives and different perspectives on specific states and particular reopening issues, with a continued focus on the business impacts of these statewide orders. 

The blog will draw authors from around the firm with knowledge of reopening-related issues, as well as from the state mapping project team, led by Greg Chabon and Marty Stern.

“These state-level approaches to reopening orders vary greatly, both in approach and execution,” Chabon said. “Womble Bond Dickinson’s State Reopenings blog is designed to provide insights to help businesses navigate these fast-changing and complex sets of rules.”

The initial post, authored by Nikku Khalifian, examines the Western States Pact, in which California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together to reopen their economies and control the spread of COVID-19. But even with this coalition, the approaches vary from state-to-state. In this post, Khalifian examines what each state is doing and the various phases of the Western States Pact’s plan. 

Stern said, “States’ reopening plans are evolving and developing at a remarkably rapid pace, and this blog will give us a real-time tool to provide up-to-date information and analysis on key developments and important trends.”

In addition, the firm continues to offer an updated, 50-state business closure/reopening order map. This interactive map provides users with the latest information on where reopening stands for each state. Womble Bond Dickinson also has established the COVID-19 Hub, Navigating the Legal Challenges of COVID-19, for more information and analysis across a wide variety of areas of interest.