Norris McLaughlin Shift to Remote Operations in Pennsylvania

As we continue to monitor developments and directives from federal, state and local authorities related to the coronavirus health crisis, we also want to update our clients, friends and colleagues about some critical changes to our business operations.

On March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all “non-life-sustaining” business locations to combat community spread of the virus. Under the order, all businesses operating in Pennsylvania must close the doors to their physical locations entirely, with exceptions made for businesses that are required to sustain life. A list of those exceptions, which was included with the Governor’s order, can be found here.

Additionally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo followed suit this afternoon ordering the physical closure of all non-essential business locations in the State, beginning at 8pm tonight, with exceptions made for essential services such as shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions. Additional information about New York’s Executive Order can be found here.

To comply with this order, our office in Manhattan, as well as our locations in Allentown, Pennsburg, and Easton, Pennsylvania, are all now closed, however, we have implemented remote office capabilities for our attorneys and certain business-critical staff so that they can continue to work remotely while this order is in effect. We are confident that these contingencies will allow us to continue the high level of service that our clients have come to expect from us and anticipate little (if any) interruption of service. During this time, we will respond to all inquiries as soon as is reasonably possible and thank you in advance for your patience.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING MEETING OR CONSULTATION SCHEDULED IN ANY OF OUR AFFECTED OFFICES AND THAT VISIT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR YOU, PLEASE CONTACT THE ATTORNEY INVOLVED IN YOUR MATTER TO RESCHEDULE OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THAT VISIT TO BE CONDUCTED BY PHONE OR VIDEO CONFERENCE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHO TO CONTACT, PLEASE CLICK ONE OF THE LINKS BELOW TO CONTACT THE MANAGEMENT FOR THAT LOCATION.
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If you own or operate a business in Pennsylvania or New York and have questions about whether your business may be exempt from these orders, we encourage you to reach out to one of our experienced attorneys to review the list of exempt businesses and devise a contingency plan to cease operations as soon as possible.

In addition to the temporary closing of our Manhattan and Pennsylvania office locations, we are closely monitoring developments in New Jersey. We fully expect that this office will close at some point in the near future, but as of now, our Bridgewater, NJ office remains open for business.  We will keep you informed of any additional changes to our business operations as developments occur in this very fluid situation.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit and make use of the resources we have collected on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center. Here you will find the most current critical information from federal, state and local authorities, including guidance from the CDC and WHO, and thought leadership from several of our experienced attorneys advising on the latest developments.

We are committed to doing all we can to protect the health and well-being of our clients and colleagues and doing our part to slow the spread of the virus in our communities, all while being available to support you and your businesses during these challenging times. If and when you need us during this crisis, we are prepared to help.