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State of Emergency Declared and Legislature to Remain Recessed in Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020
By: Kimberly Hoffman
Government Relations Alert

The Delaware General Assembly will not return for Joint Finance Committee hearings on March 17, 2020. The current legislative recess is extended until at least March 24, 2020. As of this Friday, March 13, 2020, Legislative Hall is closed to the public. A full list of cancelled legislative meetings can be found here. If you have business before the General Assembly this session, attorney Kimberly Hoffman would be glad to talk with you about these uncharted waters.

Governor John Carney also declared a State of Emergency. The Emergency Declaration can be found here. Public meetings may be conducted electronically, and price gouging is prohibited during the outbreak. Non-essential public gatherings of over 100 persons are prohibited. A key takeaway for the Delaware Healthcare Industry is the Health Department’s recommendation that nursing homes and similar facilities end visitation. Section 8 of the Emergency Declaration contains heightened screening, staff monitoring and cleaning requirements for facilities serving older adults, including nursing homes, hospice providers, skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation facilities. 

In these trying times, we are fully committed to protecting our clients' interests and well-being. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Healthcare Law Group of Morris James LLP. 

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