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PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

One note and one recommendation.

Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

Summary

Restrictions Effective Dates
From 11:59 p.m. on March
24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
Coverage

All individuals currently
living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
except for Essential Activities (defined below).



All persons may leave their Residences
(defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
Essential Businesses.



Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
Homeless
Individuals experiencing
homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
Businesses, Other Than Essential
Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
All businesses operating within Harris County are required
to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
apply to Essential Businesses.



Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
from home.
No Gatherings All public or private
gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


This does not prohibit the
gathering of members of a household or living unit.


This does not affect orders
or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
requirements still apply.



Public playgrounds are closed
- they may increase spread of COVID-19.



People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
other outdoor objects.
Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
Provide Take-Out Services
Restaurants, bars,
micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
services.
Gyms, Fitness Centers,
Pools, etc. Closed
Gyms, fitness centers,
swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
Hair and nail salons, spas,
licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
Faith Based and Other
Religious Services Are Restricted
Faith leaders may minister and
counsel in individual settings.



Religious and worship services
may only be provided by video and teleconference.



Religious institutions must
limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
or teleconference services.



In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
Essential Activities

(Permitted Activities)
Health and Safety To engage in activities or
perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
to work from home).
Obtaining Necessary
Services or Supplies
To obtain necessary
services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
essential operation of residences).
Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
Working for Essential
Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
To perform work providing
essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
Care for Family Members or
Pets
To care for a family member
or pet in another household.
Essential Businesses Essential Critical
Infrastructure

Work
necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
feet to the extent possible.



Note: The
Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



Note: A
copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



The 16 sectors are:

Healthcare/Public Health

Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

Food and Agriculture

Energy

Water and Wastewater

Transportation and Logistics

Public Works

Communications and Information Technology

Other Community-Based Government Operations and
Essential Functions

Critical Manufacturing

Hazardous Materials

Financial Services

Chemical

Defense Industrial Base

Essential Government
Functions
All services provided by local
governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
extent possible.
Essential City of Houston
Government Functions
All services provided by the
City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
Government Functions.



Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
extent possible.
Essential Healthcare
Operations
Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
healthcare services.


Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
healthcare operations.


Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
all health and welfare services provided to animals.


This exemption is to be
viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


Note: On March 22, 2020,
Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
additional orders that further clarify this order.
Essential Retail Food producers and service
providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


Food cultivation, including
farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


Food production, including
the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


Businesses that ship or
deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


Restaurants and other
facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
carry-out.


Schools and other entities
that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
a pick-up and take-away basis only.


The restriction of delivery
or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
and medical facilities.


Laundromats, dry cleaners,
and laundry service providers.


Gas stations, auto supply,
auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


Businesses that supply
products needed for people to work from home.
Providers of Basic
Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
Businesses that provide
food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
Essential Services
Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
Businesses
Trash and recycling
collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
cemeteries.


Plumbers, electricians,
exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
residences and Essential Businesses.


Professional services, such
as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
legally mandated activities.


Businesses that supply other
Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


Caregivers and helpers who
provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
News Media Newspapers, television,
radio, and other media services.
Childcare and Adult Care
Services
Childcare and adult care
facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
work as permitted.
Infrastructure,
Development, Operation, and Construction
For example, public works
construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
Transportation Businesses related to the
operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
services.

For example:

(a) vehicle manufacturers,
automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
distributors, maintenance and repair
facilities;

(b) public transportation;

(c) businesses supporting
airport operations;

(d) street and highway
maintenance and construction;

(e) gas stations and other
fuel distribution businesses; and

(f) vehicles for hire,
including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
extent feasible.
Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
on the well-being and safety of members.
NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
better define what is covered by these exceptions.
Airports and Related
Operations
Airport and airline
activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
these Essential Businesses.



Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
is covered by this exemption.
Professional Services Professional services, such
as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
Infrastructure.
Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
All Essential Businesses must
follow these guidelines:



(1) practice social distancing
by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
to the extent feasible;



(2) provide access to hand
washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
60 percent alcohol;



(3) post a sign in a
conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
including fever or cough; and



(4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
by public health authorities.
Applications
for Exemptions:







Businesses that Retool
to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







Other Businesses

Any manufacturer who retools
so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


Any industry or business
that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
requirements imposed by this Order.


To be eligible for an
exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


Businesses or industries
that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
exemption.
Delivery Hour Restrictions
Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
The Order hereby suspends
all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
Household to Quarantine if
Positive Test for COVID-19
If someone in a household
has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
Nursing Homes, etc. to
Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
Nursing homes, retirement,
and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
end-of-life visitation.
Penalties for Failure to
Comply with Order
Any law enforcement agency
based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
days.

 

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    Client Alert

    PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

    Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
    Publication Type(s):
    Client Alerts
    Exlcude on home page:
    No

    Click here to read more from our Coronavirus series.

    Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

    The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

    To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

    Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

    Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

    The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

    One note and one recommendation.

    Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

    Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

    Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

    Summary

    Restrictions Effective Dates
    From 11:59 p.m. on March
    24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
    Coverage

    All individuals currently
    living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
    except for Essential Activities (defined below).



    All persons may leave their Residences
    (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
    perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
    Essential Businesses.



    Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
    motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
    Homeless
    Individuals experiencing
    homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
    social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
    Businesses, Other Than Essential
    Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
    All businesses operating within Harris County are required
    to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
    apply to Essential Businesses.



    Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
    from home.
    No Gatherings All public or private
    gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
    living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
    activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


    This does not prohibit the
    gathering of members of a household or living unit.


    This does not affect orders
    or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
    Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
    parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
    requirements still apply.



    Public playgrounds are closed
    - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



    People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
    other outdoor objects.
    Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
    Provide Take-Out Services
    Restaurants, bars,
    micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
    serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
    services.
    Gyms, Fitness Centers,
    Pools, etc. Closed
    Gyms, fitness centers,
    swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
    any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
    Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
    Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
    Hair and nail salons, spas,
    licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
    theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
    arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
    shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
    Faith Based and Other
    Religious Services Are Restricted
    Faith leaders may minister and
    counsel in individual settings.



    Religious and worship services
    may only be provided by video and teleconference.



    Religious institutions must
    limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
    or teleconference services.



    In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
    Essential Activities

    (Permitted Activities)
    Health and Safety To engage in activities or
    perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
    of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
    or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
    to work from home).
    Obtaining Necessary
    Services or Supplies
    To obtain necessary
    services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
    to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
    supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
    from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
    essential operation of residences).
    Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
    activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
    the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
    Working for Essential
    Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
    To perform work providing
    essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
    out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
    Care for Family Members or
    Pets
    To care for a family member
    or pet in another household.
    Essential Businesses Essential Critical
    Infrastructure

    Work
    necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
    sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
    services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
    feet to the extent possible.



    Note: The
    Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
    infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



    Note: A
    copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
    16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
    be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



    The 16 sectors are:

    Healthcare/Public Health

    Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

    Food and Agriculture

    Energy

    Water and Wastewater

    Transportation and Logistics

    Public Works

    Communications and Information Technology

    Other Community-Based Government Operations and
    Essential Functions

    Critical Manufacturing

    Hazardous Materials

    Financial Services

    Chemical

    Defense Industrial Base

    Essential Government
    Functions
    All services provided by local
    governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
    continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
    public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



    Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
    extent possible.
    Essential City of Houston
    Government Functions
    All services provided by the
    City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
    Government Functions.



    Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
    extent possible.
    Essential Healthcare
    Operations
    Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
    biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
    mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
    medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
    healthcare services.


    Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
    healthcare operations.


    Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
    all health and welfare services provided to animals.


    This exemption is to be
    viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


    Note: On March 22, 2020,
    Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
    medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
    additional orders that further clarify this order.
    Essential Retail Food producers and service
    providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
    big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
    farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


    Food cultivation, including
    farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


    Food production, including
    the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


    Businesses that ship or
    deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


    Restaurants and other
    facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
    carry-out.


    Schools and other entities
    that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
    a pick-up and take-away basis only.


    The restriction of delivery
    or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
    and medical facilities.


    Laundromats, dry cleaners,
    and laundry service providers.


    Gas stations, auto supply,
    auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


    Businesses that supply
    products needed for people to work from home.
    Providers of Basic
    Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
    Businesses that provide
    food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
    economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
    Essential Services
    Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
    Businesses
    Trash and recycling
    collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
    cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
    storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
    cemeteries.


    Plumbers, electricians,
    exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
    pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
    necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
    residences and Essential Businesses.


    Professional services, such
    as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
    legally mandated activities.


    Businesses that supply other
    Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


    Caregivers and helpers who
    provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
    News Media Newspapers, television,
    radio, and other media services.
    Childcare and Adult Care
    Services
    Childcare and adult care
    facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
    work as permitted.
    Infrastructure,
    Development, Operation, and Construction
    For example, public works
    construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
    commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
    maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
    highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
    and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
    national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
    infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
    Transportation Businesses related to the
    operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
    services.

    For example:

    (a) vehicle manufacturers,
    automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
    distributors, maintenance and repair
    facilities;

    (b) public transportation;

    (c) businesses supporting
    airport operations;

    (d) street and highway
    maintenance and construction;

    (e) gas stations and other
    fuel distribution businesses; and

    (f) vehicles for hire,
    including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
    enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
    businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
    must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
    extent feasible.
    Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
    functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
    on the well-being and safety of members.
    NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
    Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



    Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
    activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
    there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
    better define what is covered by these exceptions.
    Airports and Related
    Operations
    Airport and airline
    activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
    these Essential Businesses.



    Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
    activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
    amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
    is covered by this exemption.
    Professional Services Professional services, such
    as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
    when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
    further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
    Infrastructure.
    Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
    All Essential Businesses must
    follow these guidelines:



    (1) practice social distancing
    by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
    to the extent feasible;



    (2) provide access to hand
    washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
    60 percent alcohol;



    (3) post a sign in a
    conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
    the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
    including fever or cough; and



    (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
    by public health authorities.
    Applications
    for Exemptions:







    Businesses that Retool
    to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







    Other Businesses

    Any manufacturer who retools
    so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
    manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
    other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
    apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


    Any industry or business
    that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
    requirements imposed by this Order.


    To be eligible for an
    exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
    form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
    along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
    industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
    Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


    Businesses or industries
    that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
    Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
    exemption.
    Delivery Hour Restrictions
    Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
    The Order hereby suspends
    all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
    in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
    supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
    Household to Quarantine if
    Positive Test for COVID-19
    If someone in a household
    has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
    isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
    Nursing Homes, etc. to
    Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
    Nursing homes, retirement,
    and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
    accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
    end-of-life visitation.
    Penalties for Failure to
    Comply with Order
    Any law enforcement agency
    based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
    comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
    confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
    days.

     

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      LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

      PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

      Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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      Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

      The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

      To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

      Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

      Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

      The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

      One note and one recommendation.

      Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

      Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

      Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

      Summary

      Restrictions Effective Dates
      From 11:59 p.m. on March
      24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
      Coverage

      All individuals currently
      living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
      except for Essential Activities (defined below).



      All persons may leave their Residences
      (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
      perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
      Essential Businesses.



      Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
      motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
      Homeless
      Individuals experiencing
      homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
      social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
      Businesses, Other Than Essential
      Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
      All businesses operating within Harris County are required
      to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
      apply to Essential Businesses.



      Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
      from home.
      No Gatherings All public or private
      gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
      living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
      activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


      This does not prohibit the
      gathering of members of a household or living unit.


      This does not affect orders
      or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
      Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
      parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
      requirements still apply.



      Public playgrounds are closed
      - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



      People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
      other outdoor objects.
      Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
      Provide Take-Out Services
      Restaurants, bars,
      micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
      serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
      services.
      Gyms, Fitness Centers,
      Pools, etc. Closed
      Gyms, fitness centers,
      swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
      any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
      Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
      Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
      Hair and nail salons, spas,
      licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
      theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
      arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
      shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
      Faith Based and Other
      Religious Services Are Restricted
      Faith leaders may minister and
      counsel in individual settings.



      Religious and worship services
      may only be provided by video and teleconference.



      Religious institutions must
      limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
      or teleconference services.



      In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
      Essential Activities

      (Permitted Activities)
      Health and Safety To engage in activities or
      perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
      of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
      or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
      to work from home).
      Obtaining Necessary
      Services or Supplies
      To obtain necessary
      services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
      to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
      supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
      from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
      essential operation of residences).
      Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
      activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
      the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
      Working for Essential
      Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
      To perform work providing
      essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
      out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
      Care for Family Members or
      Pets
      To care for a family member
      or pet in another household.
      Essential Businesses Essential Critical
      Infrastructure

      Work
      necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
      sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
      services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
      feet to the extent possible.



      Note: The
      Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
      infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



      Note: A
      copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
      National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
      16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
      be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



      The 16 sectors are:

      Healthcare/Public Health

      Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

      Food and Agriculture

      Energy

      Water and Wastewater

      Transportation and Logistics

      Public Works

      Communications and Information Technology

      Other Community-Based Government Operations and
      Essential Functions

      Critical Manufacturing

      Hazardous Materials

      Financial Services

      Chemical

      Defense Industrial Base

      Essential Government
      Functions
      All services provided by local
      governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
      continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
      public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



      Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
      extent possible.
      Essential City of Houston
      Government Functions
      All services provided by the
      City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
      Government Functions.



      Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
      extent possible.
      Essential Healthcare
      Operations
      Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
      biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
      mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
      medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
      healthcare services.


      Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
      healthcare operations.


      Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
      all health and welfare services provided to animals.


      This exemption is to be
      viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


      Note: On March 22, 2020,
      Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
      medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
      additional orders that further clarify this order.
      Essential Retail Food producers and service
      providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
      big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
      farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


      Food cultivation, including
      farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


      Food production, including
      the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


      Businesses that ship or
      deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


      Restaurants and other
      facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
      carry-out.


      Schools and other entities
      that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
      a pick-up and take-away basis only.


      The restriction of delivery
      or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
      and medical facilities.


      Laundromats, dry cleaners,
      and laundry service providers.


      Gas stations, auto supply,
      auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


      Businesses that supply
      products needed for people to work from home.
      Providers of Basic
      Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
      Businesses that provide
      food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
      economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
      Essential Services
      Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
      Businesses
      Trash and recycling
      collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
      cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
      storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
      cemeteries.


      Plumbers, electricians,
      exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
      pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
      necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
      residences and Essential Businesses.


      Professional services, such
      as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
      legally mandated activities.


      Businesses that supply other
      Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


      Caregivers and helpers who
      provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
      News Media Newspapers, television,
      radio, and other media services.
      Childcare and Adult Care
      Services
      Childcare and adult care
      facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
      work as permitted.
      Infrastructure,
      Development, Operation, and Construction
      For example, public works
      construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
      commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
      maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
      highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
      and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
      national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
      infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
      Transportation Businesses related to the
      operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
      services.

      For example:

      (a) vehicle manufacturers,
      automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
      distributors, maintenance and repair
      facilities;

      (b) public transportation;

      (c) businesses supporting
      airport operations;

      (d) street and highway
      maintenance and construction;

      (e) gas stations and other
      fuel distribution businesses; and

      (f) vehicles for hire,
      including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
      enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
      businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
      must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
      extent feasible.
      Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
      functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
      on the well-being and safety of members.
      NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
      Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



      Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
      activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
      there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
      better define what is covered by these exceptions.
      Airports and Related
      Operations
      Airport and airline
      activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
      these Essential Businesses.



      Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
      activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
      amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
      is covered by this exemption.
      Professional Services Professional services, such
      as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
      when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
      further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
      Infrastructure.
      Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
      All Essential Businesses must
      follow these guidelines:



      (1) practice social distancing
      by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
      to the extent feasible;



      (2) provide access to hand
      washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
      60 percent alcohol;



      (3) post a sign in a
      conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
      the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
      including fever or cough; and



      (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
      by public health authorities.
      Applications
      for Exemptions:







      Businesses that Retool
      to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







      Other Businesses

      Any manufacturer who retools
      so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
      manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
      other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
      apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


      Any industry or business
      that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
      requirements imposed by this Order.


      To be eligible for an
      exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
      form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
      along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
      industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
      Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


      Businesses or industries
      that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
      Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
      exemption.
      Delivery Hour Restrictions
      Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
      The Order hereby suspends
      all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
      in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
      supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
      Household to Quarantine if
      Positive Test for COVID-19
      If someone in a household
      has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
      isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
      Nursing Homes, etc. to
      Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
      Nursing homes, retirement,
      and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
      accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
      end-of-life visitation.
      Penalties for Failure to
      Comply with Order
      Any law enforcement agency
      based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
      comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
      confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
      days.

       

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        FINANCIAL REGULATION & THE CARES ACT

        PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

        Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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        Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

        The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

        To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

        Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

        Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

        The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

        One note and one recommendation.

        Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

        Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

        Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

        Summary

        Restrictions Effective Dates
        From 11:59 p.m. on March
        24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
        Coverage

        All individuals currently
        living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
        except for Essential Activities (defined below).



        All persons may leave their Residences
        (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
        perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
        Essential Businesses.



        Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
        motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
        Homeless
        Individuals experiencing
        homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
        social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
        Businesses, Other Than Essential
        Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
        All businesses operating within Harris County are required
        to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
        apply to Essential Businesses.



        Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
        from home.
        No Gatherings All public or private
        gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
        living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
        activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


        This does not prohibit the
        gathering of members of a household or living unit.


        This does not affect orders
        or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
        Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
        parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
        requirements still apply.



        Public playgrounds are closed
        - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



        People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
        other outdoor objects.
        Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
        Provide Take-Out Services
        Restaurants, bars,
        micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
        serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
        services.
        Gyms, Fitness Centers,
        Pools, etc. Closed
        Gyms, fitness centers,
        swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
        any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
        Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
        Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
        Hair and nail salons, spas,
        licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
        theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
        arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
        shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
        Faith Based and Other
        Religious Services Are Restricted
        Faith leaders may minister and
        counsel in individual settings.



        Religious and worship services
        may only be provided by video and teleconference.



        Religious institutions must
        limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
        or teleconference services.



        In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
        Essential Activities

        (Permitted Activities)
        Health and Safety To engage in activities or
        perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
        of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
        or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
        to work from home).
        Obtaining Necessary
        Services or Supplies
        To obtain necessary
        services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
        to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
        supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
        from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
        essential operation of residences).
        Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
        activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
        the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
        Working for Essential
        Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
        To perform work providing
        essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
        out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
        Care for Family Members or
        Pets
        To care for a family member
        or pet in another household.
        Essential Businesses Essential Critical
        Infrastructure

        Work
        necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
        sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
        services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
        feet to the extent possible.



        Note: The
        Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
        infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



        Note: A
        copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
        National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
        16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
        be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



        The 16 sectors are:

        Healthcare/Public Health

        Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

        Food and Agriculture

        Energy

        Water and Wastewater

        Transportation and Logistics

        Public Works

        Communications and Information Technology

        Other Community-Based Government Operations and
        Essential Functions

        Critical Manufacturing

        Hazardous Materials

        Financial Services

        Chemical

        Defense Industrial Base

        Essential Government
        Functions
        All services provided by local
        governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
        continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
        public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



        Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
        extent possible.
        Essential City of Houston
        Government Functions
        All services provided by the
        City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
        Government Functions.



        Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
        extent possible.
        Essential Healthcare
        Operations
        Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
        biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
        mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
        medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
        healthcare services.


        Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
        healthcare operations.


        Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
        all health and welfare services provided to animals.


        This exemption is to be
        viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


        Note: On March 22, 2020,
        Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
        medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
        additional orders that further clarify this order.
        Essential Retail Food producers and service
        providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
        big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
        farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


        Food cultivation, including
        farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


        Food production, including
        the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


        Businesses that ship or
        deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


        Restaurants and other
        facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
        carry-out.


        Schools and other entities
        that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
        a pick-up and take-away basis only.


        The restriction of delivery
        or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
        and medical facilities.


        Laundromats, dry cleaners,
        and laundry service providers.


        Gas stations, auto supply,
        auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


        Businesses that supply
        products needed for people to work from home.
        Providers of Basic
        Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
        Businesses that provide
        food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
        economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
        Essential Services
        Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
        Businesses
        Trash and recycling
        collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
        cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
        storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
        cemeteries.


        Plumbers, electricians,
        exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
        pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
        necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
        residences and Essential Businesses.


        Professional services, such
        as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
        legally mandated activities.


        Businesses that supply other
        Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


        Caregivers and helpers who
        provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
        News Media Newspapers, television,
        radio, and other media services.
        Childcare and Adult Care
        Services
        Childcare and adult care
        facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
        work as permitted.
        Infrastructure,
        Development, Operation, and Construction
        For example, public works
        construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
        commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
        maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
        highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
        and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
        national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
        infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
        Transportation Businesses related to the
        operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
        services.

        For example:

        (a) vehicle manufacturers,
        automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
        distributors, maintenance and repair
        facilities;

        (b) public transportation;

        (c) businesses supporting
        airport operations;

        (d) street and highway
        maintenance and construction;

        (e) gas stations and other
        fuel distribution businesses; and

        (f) vehicles for hire,
        including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
        enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
        businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
        must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
        extent feasible.
        Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
        functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
        on the well-being and safety of members.
        NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
        Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



        Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
        activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
        there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
        better define what is covered by these exceptions.
        Airports and Related
        Operations
        Airport and airline
        activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
        these Essential Businesses.



        Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
        activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
        amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
        is covered by this exemption.
        Professional Services Professional services, such
        as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
        when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
        further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
        Infrastructure.
        Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
        All Essential Businesses must
        follow these guidelines:



        (1) practice social distancing
        by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
        to the extent feasible;



        (2) provide access to hand
        washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
        60 percent alcohol;



        (3) post a sign in a
        conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
        the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
        including fever or cough; and



        (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
        by public health authorities.
        Applications
        for Exemptions:







        Businesses that Retool
        to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







        Other Businesses

        Any manufacturer who retools
        so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
        manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
        other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
        apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


        Any industry or business
        that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
        requirements imposed by this Order.


        To be eligible for an
        exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
        form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
        along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
        industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
        Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


        Businesses or industries
        that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
        Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
        exemption.
        Delivery Hour Restrictions
        Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
        The Order hereby suspends
        all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
        in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
        supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
        Household to Quarantine if
        Positive Test for COVID-19
        If someone in a household
        has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
        isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
        Nursing Homes, etc. to
        Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
        Nursing homes, retirement,
        and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
        accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
        end-of-life visitation.
        Penalties for Failure to
        Comply with Order
        Any law enforcement agency
        based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
        comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
        confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
        days.

         

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          PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

          Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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          Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

          The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

          To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

          Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

          Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

          The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

          One note and one recommendation.

          Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

          Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

          Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

          Summary

          Restrictions Effective Dates
          From 11:59 p.m. on March
          24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
          Coverage

          All individuals currently
          living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
          except for Essential Activities (defined below).



          All persons may leave their Residences
          (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
          perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
          Essential Businesses.



          Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
          motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
          Homeless
          Individuals experiencing
          homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
          social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
          Businesses, Other Than Essential
          Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
          All businesses operating within Harris County are required
          to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
          apply to Essential Businesses.



          Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
          from home.
          No Gatherings All public or private
          gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
          living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
          activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


          This does not prohibit the
          gathering of members of a household or living unit.


          This does not affect orders
          or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
          Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
          parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
          requirements still apply.



          Public playgrounds are closed
          - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



          People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
          other outdoor objects.
          Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
          Provide Take-Out Services
          Restaurants, bars,
          micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
          serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
          services.
          Gyms, Fitness Centers,
          Pools, etc. Closed
          Gyms, fitness centers,
          swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
          any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
          Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
          Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
          Hair and nail salons, spas,
          licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
          theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
          arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
          shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
          Faith Based and Other
          Religious Services Are Restricted
          Faith leaders may minister and
          counsel in individual settings.



          Religious and worship services
          may only be provided by video and teleconference.



          Religious institutions must
          limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
          or teleconference services.



          In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
          Essential Activities

          (Permitted Activities)
          Health and Safety To engage in activities or
          perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
          of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
          or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
          to work from home).
          Obtaining Necessary
          Services or Supplies
          To obtain necessary
          services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
          to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
          supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
          from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
          essential operation of residences).
          Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
          activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
          the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
          Working for Essential
          Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
          To perform work providing
          essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
          out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
          Care for Family Members or
          Pets
          To care for a family member
          or pet in another household.
          Essential Businesses Essential Critical
          Infrastructure

          Work
          necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
          sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
          services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
          feet to the extent possible.



          Note: The
          Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
          infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



          Note: A
          copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
          National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
          16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
          be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



          The 16 sectors are:

          Healthcare/Public Health

          Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

          Food and Agriculture

          Energy

          Water and Wastewater

          Transportation and Logistics

          Public Works

          Communications and Information Technology

          Other Community-Based Government Operations and
          Essential Functions

          Critical Manufacturing

          Hazardous Materials

          Financial Services

          Chemical

          Defense Industrial Base

          Essential Government
          Functions
          All services provided by local
          governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
          continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
          public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



          Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
          extent possible.
          Essential City of Houston
          Government Functions
          All services provided by the
          City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
          Government Functions.



          Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
          extent possible.
          Essential Healthcare
          Operations
          Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
          biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
          mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
          medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
          healthcare services.


          Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
          healthcare operations.


          Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
          all health and welfare services provided to animals.


          This exemption is to be
          viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


          Note: On March 22, 2020,
          Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
          medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
          additional orders that further clarify this order.
          Essential Retail Food producers and service
          providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
          big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
          farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


          Food cultivation, including
          farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


          Food production, including
          the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


          Businesses that ship or
          deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


          Restaurants and other
          facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
          carry-out.


          Schools and other entities
          that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
          a pick-up and take-away basis only.


          The restriction of delivery
          or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
          and medical facilities.


          Laundromats, dry cleaners,
          and laundry service providers.


          Gas stations, auto supply,
          auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


          Businesses that supply
          products needed for people to work from home.
          Providers of Basic
          Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
          Businesses that provide
          food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
          economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
          Essential Services
          Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
          Businesses
          Trash and recycling
          collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
          cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
          storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
          cemeteries.


          Plumbers, electricians,
          exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
          pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
          necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
          residences and Essential Businesses.


          Professional services, such
          as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
          legally mandated activities.


          Businesses that supply other
          Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


          Caregivers and helpers who
          provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
          News Media Newspapers, television,
          radio, and other media services.
          Childcare and Adult Care
          Services
          Childcare and adult care
          facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
          work as permitted.
          Infrastructure,
          Development, Operation, and Construction
          For example, public works
          construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
          commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
          maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
          highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
          and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
          national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
          infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
          Transportation Businesses related to the
          operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
          services.

          For example:

          (a) vehicle manufacturers,
          automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
          distributors, maintenance and repair
          facilities;

          (b) public transportation;

          (c) businesses supporting
          airport operations;

          (d) street and highway
          maintenance and construction;

          (e) gas stations and other
          fuel distribution businesses; and

          (f) vehicles for hire,
          including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
          enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
          businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
          must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
          extent feasible.
          Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
          functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
          on the well-being and safety of members.
          NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
          Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



          Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
          activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
          there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
          better define what is covered by these exceptions.
          Airports and Related
          Operations
          Airport and airline
          activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
          these Essential Businesses.



          Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
          activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
          amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
          is covered by this exemption.
          Professional Services Professional services, such
          as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
          when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
          further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
          Infrastructure.
          Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
          All Essential Businesses must
          follow these guidelines:



          (1) practice social distancing
          by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
          to the extent feasible;



          (2) provide access to hand
          washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
          60 percent alcohol;



          (3) post a sign in a
          conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
          the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
          including fever or cough; and



          (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
          by public health authorities.
          Applications
          for Exemptions:







          Businesses that Retool
          to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







          Other Businesses

          Any manufacturer who retools
          so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
          manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
          other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
          apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


          Any industry or business
          that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
          requirements imposed by this Order.


          To be eligible for an
          exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
          form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
          along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
          industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
          Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


          Businesses or industries
          that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
          Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
          exemption.
          Delivery Hour Restrictions
          Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
          The Order hereby suspends
          all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
          in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
          supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
          Household to Quarantine if
          Positive Test for COVID-19
          If someone in a household
          has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
          isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
          Nursing Homes, etc. to
          Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
          Nursing homes, retirement,
          and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
          accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
          end-of-life visitation.
          Penalties for Failure to
          Comply with Order
          Any law enforcement agency
          based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
          comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
          confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
          days.

           

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            PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

            Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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            Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

            The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

            To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

            Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

            Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

            The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

            One note and one recommendation.

            Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

            Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

            Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

            Summary

            Restrictions Effective Dates
            From 11:59 p.m. on March
            24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
            Coverage

            All individuals currently
            living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
            except for Essential Activities (defined below).



            All persons may leave their Residences
            (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
            perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
            Essential Businesses.



            Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
            motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
            Homeless
            Individuals experiencing
            homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
            social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
            Businesses, Other Than Essential
            Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
            All businesses operating within Harris County are required
            to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
            apply to Essential Businesses.



            Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
            from home.
            No Gatherings All public or private
            gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
            living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
            activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


            This does not prohibit the
            gathering of members of a household or living unit.


            This does not affect orders
            or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
            Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
            parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
            requirements still apply.



            Public playgrounds are closed
            - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



            People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
            other outdoor objects.
            Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
            Provide Take-Out Services
            Restaurants, bars,
            micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
            serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
            services.
            Gyms, Fitness Centers,
            Pools, etc. Closed
            Gyms, fitness centers,
            swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
            any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
            Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
            Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
            Hair and nail salons, spas,
            licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
            theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
            arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
            shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
            Faith Based and Other
            Religious Services Are Restricted
            Faith leaders may minister and
            counsel in individual settings.



            Religious and worship services
            may only be provided by video and teleconference.



            Religious institutions must
            limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
            or teleconference services.



            In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
            Essential Activities

            (Permitted Activities)
            Health and Safety To engage in activities or
            perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
            of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
            or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
            to work from home).
            Obtaining Necessary
            Services or Supplies
            To obtain necessary
            services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
            to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
            supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
            from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
            essential operation of residences).
            Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
            activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
            the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
            Working for Essential
            Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
            To perform work providing
            essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
            out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
            Care for Family Members or
            Pets
            To care for a family member
            or pet in another household.
            Essential Businesses Essential Critical
            Infrastructure

            Work
            necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
            sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
            services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
            feet to the extent possible.



            Note: The
            Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
            infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



            Note: A
            copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
            National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
            16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
            be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



            The 16 sectors are:

            Healthcare/Public Health

            Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

            Food and Agriculture

            Energy

            Water and Wastewater

            Transportation and Logistics

            Public Works

            Communications and Information Technology

            Other Community-Based Government Operations and
            Essential Functions

            Critical Manufacturing

            Hazardous Materials

            Financial Services

            Chemical

            Defense Industrial Base

            Essential Government
            Functions
            All services provided by local
            governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
            continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
            public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



            Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
            extent possible.
            Essential City of Houston
            Government Functions
            All services provided by the
            City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
            Government Functions.



            Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
            extent possible.
            Essential Healthcare
            Operations
            Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
            biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
            mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
            medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
            healthcare services.


            Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
            healthcare operations.


            Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
            all health and welfare services provided to animals.


            This exemption is to be
            viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


            Note: On March 22, 2020,
            Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
            medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
            additional orders that further clarify this order.
            Essential Retail Food producers and service
            providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
            big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
            farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


            Food cultivation, including
            farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


            Food production, including
            the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


            Businesses that ship or
            deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


            Restaurants and other
            facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
            carry-out.


            Schools and other entities
            that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
            a pick-up and take-away basis only.


            The restriction of delivery
            or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
            and medical facilities.


            Laundromats, dry cleaners,
            and laundry service providers.


            Gas stations, auto supply,
            auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


            Businesses that supply
            products needed for people to work from home.
            Providers of Basic
            Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
            Businesses that provide
            food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
            economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
            Essential Services
            Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
            Businesses
            Trash and recycling
            collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
            cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
            storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
            cemeteries.


            Plumbers, electricians,
            exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
            pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
            necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
            residences and Essential Businesses.


            Professional services, such
            as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
            legally mandated activities.


            Businesses that supply other
            Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


            Caregivers and helpers who
            provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
            News Media Newspapers, television,
            radio, and other media services.
            Childcare and Adult Care
            Services
            Childcare and adult care
            facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
            work as permitted.
            Infrastructure,
            Development, Operation, and Construction
            For example, public works
            construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
            commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
            maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
            highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
            and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
            national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
            infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
            Transportation Businesses related to the
            operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
            services.

            For example:

            (a) vehicle manufacturers,
            automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
            distributors, maintenance and repair
            facilities;

            (b) public transportation;

            (c) businesses supporting
            airport operations;

            (d) street and highway
            maintenance and construction;

            (e) gas stations and other
            fuel distribution businesses; and

            (f) vehicles for hire,
            including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
            enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
            businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
            must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
            extent feasible.
            Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
            functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
            on the well-being and safety of members.
            NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
            Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



            Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
            activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
            there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
            better define what is covered by these exceptions.
            Airports and Related
            Operations
            Airport and airline
            activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
            these Essential Businesses.



            Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
            activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
            amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
            is covered by this exemption.
            Professional Services Professional services, such
            as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
            when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
            further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
            Infrastructure.
            Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
            All Essential Businesses must
            follow these guidelines:



            (1) practice social distancing
            by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
            to the extent feasible;



            (2) provide access to hand
            washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
            60 percent alcohol;



            (3) post a sign in a
            conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
            the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
            including fever or cough; and



            (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
            by public health authorities.
            Applications
            for Exemptions:







            Businesses that Retool
            to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







            Other Businesses

            Any manufacturer who retools
            so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
            manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
            other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
            apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


            Any industry or business
            that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
            requirements imposed by this Order.


            To be eligible for an
            exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
            form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
            along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
            industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
            Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


            Businesses or industries
            that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
            Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
            exemption.
            Delivery Hour Restrictions
            Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
            The Order hereby suspends
            all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
            in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
            supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
            Household to Quarantine if
            Positive Test for COVID-19
            If someone in a household
            has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
            isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
            Nursing Homes, etc. to
            Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
            Nursing homes, retirement,
            and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
            accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
            end-of-life visitation.
            Penalties for Failure to
            Comply with Order
            Any law enforcement agency
            based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
            comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
            confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
            days.

             

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              REAL ESTATE & HOSPITALITY

              PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

              Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
              Publication Type(s):
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              Exlcude on home page:
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              Click here to read more from our Coronavirus series.

              Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

              The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

              To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

              Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

              Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

              The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

              One note and one recommendation.

              Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

              Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

              Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

              Summary

              Restrictions Effective Dates
              From 11:59 p.m. on March
              24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
              Coverage

              All individuals currently
              living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
              except for Essential Activities (defined below).



              All persons may leave their Residences
              (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
              perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
              Essential Businesses.



              Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
              motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
              Homeless
              Individuals experiencing
              homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
              social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
              Businesses, Other Than Essential
              Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
              All businesses operating within Harris County are required
              to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
              apply to Essential Businesses.



              Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
              from home.
              No Gatherings All public or private
              gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
              living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
              activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


              This does not prohibit the
              gathering of members of a household or living unit.


              This does not affect orders
              or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
              Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
              parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
              requirements still apply.



              Public playgrounds are closed
              - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



              People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
              other outdoor objects.
              Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
              Provide Take-Out Services
              Restaurants, bars,
              micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
              serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
              services.
              Gyms, Fitness Centers,
              Pools, etc. Closed
              Gyms, fitness centers,
              swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
              any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
              Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
              Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
              Hair and nail salons, spas,
              licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
              theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
              arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
              shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
              Faith Based and Other
              Religious Services Are Restricted
              Faith leaders may minister and
              counsel in individual settings.



              Religious and worship services
              may only be provided by video and teleconference.



              Religious institutions must
              limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
              or teleconference services.



              In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
              Essential Activities

              (Permitted Activities)
              Health and Safety To engage in activities or
              perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
              of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
              or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
              to work from home).
              Obtaining Necessary
              Services or Supplies
              To obtain necessary
              services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
              to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
              supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
              from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
              essential operation of residences).
              Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
              activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
              the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
              Working for Essential
              Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
              To perform work providing
              essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
              out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
              Care for Family Members or
              Pets
              To care for a family member
              or pet in another household.
              Essential Businesses Essential Critical
              Infrastructure

              Work
              necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
              sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
              services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
              feet to the extent possible.



              Note: The
              Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
              infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



              Note: A
              copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
              National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
              16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
              be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



              The 16 sectors are:

              Healthcare/Public Health

              Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

              Food and Agriculture

              Energy

              Water and Wastewater

              Transportation and Logistics

              Public Works

              Communications and Information Technology

              Other Community-Based Government Operations and
              Essential Functions

              Critical Manufacturing

              Hazardous Materials

              Financial Services

              Chemical

              Defense Industrial Base

              Essential Government
              Functions
              All services provided by local
              governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
              continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
              public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



              Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
              extent possible.
              Essential City of Houston
              Government Functions
              All services provided by the
              City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
              Government Functions.



              Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
              extent possible.
              Essential Healthcare
              Operations
              Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
              biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
              mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
              medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
              healthcare services.


              Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
              healthcare operations.


              Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
              all health and welfare services provided to animals.


              This exemption is to be
              viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


              Note: On March 22, 2020,
              Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
              medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
              additional orders that further clarify this order.
              Essential Retail Food producers and service
              providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
              big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
              farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


              Food cultivation, including
              farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


              Food production, including
              the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


              Businesses that ship or
              deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


              Restaurants and other
              facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
              carry-out.


              Schools and other entities
              that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
              a pick-up and take-away basis only.


              The restriction of delivery
              or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
              and medical facilities.


              Laundromats, dry cleaners,
              and laundry service providers.


              Gas stations, auto supply,
              auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


              Businesses that supply
              products needed for people to work from home.
              Providers of Basic
              Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
              Businesses that provide
              food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
              economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
              Essential Services
              Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
              Businesses
              Trash and recycling
              collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
              cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
              storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
              cemeteries.


              Plumbers, electricians,
              exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
              pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
              necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
              residences and Essential Businesses.


              Professional services, such
              as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
              legally mandated activities.


              Businesses that supply other
              Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


              Caregivers and helpers who
              provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
              News Media Newspapers, television,
              radio, and other media services.
              Childcare and Adult Care
              Services
              Childcare and adult care
              facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
              work as permitted.
              Infrastructure,
              Development, Operation, and Construction
              For example, public works
              construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
              commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
              maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
              highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
              and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
              national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
              infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
              Transportation Businesses related to the
              operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
              services.

              For example:

              (a) vehicle manufacturers,
              automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
              distributors, maintenance and repair
              facilities;

              (b) public transportation;

              (c) businesses supporting
              airport operations;

              (d) street and highway
              maintenance and construction;

              (e) gas stations and other
              fuel distribution businesses; and

              (f) vehicles for hire,
              including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
              enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
              businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
              must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
              extent feasible.
              Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
              functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
              on the well-being and safety of members.
              NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
              Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



              Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
              activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
              there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
              better define what is covered by these exceptions.
              Airports and Related
              Operations
              Airport and airline
              activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
              these Essential Businesses.



              Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
              activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
              amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
              is covered by this exemption.
              Professional Services Professional services, such
              as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
              when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
              further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
              Infrastructure.
              Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
              All Essential Businesses must
              follow these guidelines:



              (1) practice social distancing
              by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
              to the extent feasible;



              (2) provide access to hand
              washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
              60 percent alcohol;



              (3) post a sign in a
              conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
              the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
              including fever or cough; and



              (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
              by public health authorities.
              Applications
              for Exemptions:







              Businesses that Retool
              to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







              Other Businesses

              Any manufacturer who retools
              so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
              manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
              other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
              apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


              Any industry or business
              that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
              requirements imposed by this Order.


              To be eligible for an
              exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
              form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
              along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
              industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
              Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


              Businesses or industries
              that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
              Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
              exemption.
              Delivery Hour Restrictions
              Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
              The Order hereby suspends
              all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
              in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
              supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
              Household to Quarantine if
              Positive Test for COVID-19
              If someone in a household
              has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
              isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
              Nursing Homes, etc. to
              Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
              Nursing homes, retirement,
              and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
              accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
              end-of-life visitation.
              Penalties for Failure to
              Comply with Order
              Any law enforcement agency
              based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
              comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
              confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
              days.

               

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                PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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                Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                One note and one recommendation.

                Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                Summary

                Restrictions Effective Dates
                From 11:59 p.m. on March
                24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                Coverage

                All individuals currently
                living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                All persons may leave their Residences
                (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                Essential Businesses.



                Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                Homeless
                Individuals experiencing
                homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                Businesses, Other Than Essential
                Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                apply to Essential Businesses.



                Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                from home.
                No Gatherings All public or private
                gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                This does not prohibit the
                gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                This does not affect orders
                or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                requirements still apply.



                Public playgrounds are closed
                - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                other outdoor objects.
                Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                Provide Take-Out Services
                Restaurants, bars,
                micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                services.
                Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                Pools, etc. Closed
                Gyms, fitness centers,
                swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                Hair and nail salons, spas,
                licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                Faith Based and Other
                Religious Services Are Restricted
                Faith leaders may minister and
                counsel in individual settings.



                Religious and worship services
                may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                Religious institutions must
                limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                or teleconference services.



                In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                Essential Activities

                (Permitted Activities)
                Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                to work from home).
                Obtaining Necessary
                Services or Supplies
                To obtain necessary
                services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                essential operation of residences).
                Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                Working for Essential
                Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                To perform work providing
                essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                Care for Family Members or
                Pets
                To care for a family member
                or pet in another household.
                Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                Infrastructure

                Work
                necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                feet to the extent possible.



                Note: The
                Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                Note: A
                copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                The 16 sectors are:

                Healthcare/Public Health

                Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                Food and Agriculture

                Energy

                Water and Wastewater

                Transportation and Logistics

                Public Works

                Communications and Information Technology

                Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                Essential Functions

                Critical Manufacturing

                Hazardous Materials

                Financial Services

                Chemical

                Defense Industrial Base

                Essential Government
                Functions
                All services provided by local
                governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                extent possible.
                Essential City of Houston
                Government Functions
                All services provided by the
                City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                Government Functions.



                Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                extent possible.
                Essential Healthcare
                Operations
                Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                healthcare services.


                Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                healthcare operations.


                Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                This exemption is to be
                viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                Note: On March 22, 2020,
                Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                additional orders that further clarify this order.
                Essential Retail Food producers and service
                providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                Food cultivation, including
                farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                Food production, including
                the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                Businesses that ship or
                deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                Restaurants and other
                facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                carry-out.


                Schools and other entities
                that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                The restriction of delivery
                or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                and medical facilities.


                Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                and laundry service providers.


                Gas stations, auto supply,
                auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                Businesses that supply
                products needed for people to work from home.
                Providers of Basic
                Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                Businesses that provide
                food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                Essential Services
                Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                Businesses
                Trash and recycling
                collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                cemeteries.


                Plumbers, electricians,
                exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                residences and Essential Businesses.


                Professional services, such
                as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                legally mandated activities.


                Businesses that supply other
                Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                Caregivers and helpers who
                provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                News Media Newspapers, television,
                radio, and other media services.
                Childcare and Adult Care
                Services
                Childcare and adult care
                facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                work as permitted.
                Infrastructure,
                Development, Operation, and Construction
                For example, public works
                construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                Transportation Businesses related to the
                operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                services.

                For example:

                (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                distributors, maintenance and repair
                facilities;

                (b) public transportation;

                (c) businesses supporting
                airport operations;

                (d) street and highway
                maintenance and construction;

                (e) gas stations and other
                fuel distribution businesses; and

                (f) vehicles for hire,
                including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                extent feasible.
                Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                on the well-being and safety of members.
                NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                Airports and Related
                Operations
                Airport and airline
                activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                these Essential Businesses.



                Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                is covered by this exemption.
                Professional Services Professional services, such
                as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                Infrastructure.
                Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                All Essential Businesses must
                follow these guidelines:



                (1) practice social distancing
                by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                to the extent feasible;



                (2) provide access to hand
                washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                60 percent alcohol;



                (3) post a sign in a
                conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                including fever or cough; and



                (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                by public health authorities.
                Applications
                for Exemptions:







                Businesses that Retool
                to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                Other Businesses

                Any manufacturer who retools
                so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                Any industry or business
                that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                requirements imposed by this Order.


                To be eligible for an
                exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                Businesses or industries
                that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                exemption.
                Delivery Hour Restrictions
                Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                The Order hereby suspends
                all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                Household to Quarantine if
                Positive Test for COVID-19
                If someone in a household
                has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                Nursing Homes, etc. to
                Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                Nursing homes, retirement,
                and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                end-of-life visitation.
                Penalties for Failure to
                Comply with Order
                Any law enforcement agency
                based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                days.

                 

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                  PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

                  PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                  Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
                  Publication Type(s):
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                  Exlcude on home page:
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                  Click here to read more from our Coronavirus series.

                  Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                  The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                  To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                  Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                  Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                  The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                  One note and one recommendation.

                  Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                  Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                  Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                  Summary

                  Restrictions Effective Dates
                  From 11:59 p.m. on March
                  24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                  Coverage

                  All individuals currently
                  living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                  except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                  All persons may leave their Residences
                  (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                  perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                  Essential Businesses.



                  Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                  motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                  Homeless
                  Individuals experiencing
                  homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                  social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                  Businesses, Other Than Essential
                  Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                  All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                  to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                  apply to Essential Businesses.



                  Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                  from home.
                  No Gatherings All public or private
                  gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                  living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                  activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                  This does not prohibit the
                  gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                  This does not affect orders
                  or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                  Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                  parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                  requirements still apply.



                  Public playgrounds are closed
                  - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                  People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                  other outdoor objects.
                  Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                  Provide Take-Out Services
                  Restaurants, bars,
                  micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                  serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                  services.
                  Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                  Pools, etc. Closed
                  Gyms, fitness centers,
                  swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                  any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                  Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                  Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                  Hair and nail salons, spas,
                  licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                  theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                  arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                  shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                  Faith Based and Other
                  Religious Services Are Restricted
                  Faith leaders may minister and
                  counsel in individual settings.



                  Religious and worship services
                  may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                  Religious institutions must
                  limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                  or teleconference services.



                  In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                  Essential Activities

                  (Permitted Activities)
                  Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                  perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                  of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                  or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                  to work from home).
                  Obtaining Necessary
                  Services or Supplies
                  To obtain necessary
                  services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                  to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                  supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                  from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                  essential operation of residences).
                  Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                  activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                  the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                  Working for Essential
                  Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                  To perform work providing
                  essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                  out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                  Care for Family Members or
                  Pets
                  To care for a family member
                  or pet in another household.
                  Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                  Infrastructure

                  Work
                  necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                  sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                  services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                  feet to the extent possible.



                  Note: The
                  Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                  infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                  Note: A
                  copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                  National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                  16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                  be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                  The 16 sectors are:

                  Healthcare/Public Health

                  Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                  Food and Agriculture

                  Energy

                  Water and Wastewater

                  Transportation and Logistics

                  Public Works

                  Communications and Information Technology

                  Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                  Essential Functions

                  Critical Manufacturing

                  Hazardous Materials

                  Financial Services

                  Chemical

                  Defense Industrial Base

                  Essential Government
                  Functions
                  All services provided by local
                  governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                  continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                  public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                  Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                  extent possible.
                  Essential City of Houston
                  Government Functions
                  All services provided by the
                  City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                  Government Functions.



                  Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                  extent possible.
                  Essential Healthcare
                  Operations
                  Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                  biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                  mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                  medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                  healthcare services.


                  Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                  healthcare operations.


                  Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                  all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                  This exemption is to be
                  viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                  Note: On March 22, 2020,
                  Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                  medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                  additional orders that further clarify this order.
                  Essential Retail Food producers and service
                  providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                  big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                  farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                  Food cultivation, including
                  farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                  Food production, including
                  the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                  Businesses that ship or
                  deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                  Restaurants and other
                  facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                  carry-out.


                  Schools and other entities
                  that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                  a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                  The restriction of delivery
                  or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                  and medical facilities.


                  Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                  and laundry service providers.


                  Gas stations, auto supply,
                  auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                  Businesses that supply
                  products needed for people to work from home.
                  Providers of Basic
                  Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                  Businesses that provide
                  food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                  economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                  Essential Services
                  Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                  Businesses
                  Trash and recycling
                  collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                  cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                  storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                  cemeteries.


                  Plumbers, electricians,
                  exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                  pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                  necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                  residences and Essential Businesses.


                  Professional services, such
                  as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                  legally mandated activities.


                  Businesses that supply other
                  Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                  Caregivers and helpers who
                  provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                  News Media Newspapers, television,
                  radio, and other media services.
                  Childcare and Adult Care
                  Services
                  Childcare and adult care
                  facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                  work as permitted.
                  Infrastructure,
                  Development, Operation, and Construction
                  For example, public works
                  construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                  commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                  maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                  highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                  and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                  national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                  infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                  Transportation Businesses related to the
                  operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                  services.

                  For example:

                  (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                  automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                  distributors, maintenance and repair
                  facilities;

                  (b) public transportation;

                  (c) businesses supporting
                  airport operations;

                  (d) street and highway
                  maintenance and construction;

                  (e) gas stations and other
                  fuel distribution businesses; and

                  (f) vehicles for hire,
                  including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                  enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                  businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                  must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                  extent feasible.
                  Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                  functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                  on the well-being and safety of members.
                  NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                  Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                  Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                  activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                  there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                  better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                  Airports and Related
                  Operations
                  Airport and airline
                  activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                  these Essential Businesses.



                  Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                  activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                  amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                  is covered by this exemption.
                  Professional Services Professional services, such
                  as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                  when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                  further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                  Infrastructure.
                  Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                  All Essential Businesses must
                  follow these guidelines:



                  (1) practice social distancing
                  by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                  to the extent feasible;



                  (2) provide access to hand
                  washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                  60 percent alcohol;



                  (3) post a sign in a
                  conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                  the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                  including fever or cough; and



                  (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                  by public health authorities.
                  Applications
                  for Exemptions:







                  Businesses that Retool
                  to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                  Other Businesses

                  Any manufacturer who retools
                  so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                  manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                  other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                  apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                  Any industry or business
                  that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                  requirements imposed by this Order.


                  To be eligible for an
                  exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                  form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                  along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                  industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                  Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                  Businesses or industries
                  that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                  Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                  exemption.
                  Delivery Hour Restrictions
                  Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                  The Order hereby suspends
                  all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                  in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                  supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                  Household to Quarantine if
                  Positive Test for COVID-19
                  If someone in a household
                  has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                  isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                  Nursing Homes, etc. to
                  Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                  Nursing homes, retirement,
                  and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                  accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                  end-of-life visitation.
                  Penalties for Failure to
                  Comply with Order
                  Any law enforcement agency
                  based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                  comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                  confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                  days.

                   

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                    SECURITIES & CAPITAL MARKETS

                    PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                    Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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                    Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                    The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                    To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                    Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                    Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                    The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                    One note and one recommendation.

                    Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                    Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                    Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                    Summary

                    Restrictions Effective Dates
                    From 11:59 p.m. on March
                    24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                    Coverage

                    All individuals currently
                    living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                    except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                    All persons may leave their Residences
                    (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                    perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                    Essential Businesses.



                    Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                    motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                    Homeless
                    Individuals experiencing
                    homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                    social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                    Businesses, Other Than Essential
                    Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                    All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                    to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                    apply to Essential Businesses.



                    Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                    from home.
                    No Gatherings All public or private
                    gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                    living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                    activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                    This does not prohibit the
                    gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                    This does not affect orders
                    or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                    Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                    parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                    requirements still apply.



                    Public playgrounds are closed
                    - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                    People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                    other outdoor objects.
                    Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                    Provide Take-Out Services
                    Restaurants, bars,
                    micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                    serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                    services.
                    Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                    Pools, etc. Closed
                    Gyms, fitness centers,
                    swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                    any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                    Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                    Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                    Hair and nail salons, spas,
                    licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                    theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                    arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                    shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                    Faith Based and Other
                    Religious Services Are Restricted
                    Faith leaders may minister and
                    counsel in individual settings.



                    Religious and worship services
                    may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                    Religious institutions must
                    limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                    or teleconference services.



                    In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                    Essential Activities

                    (Permitted Activities)
                    Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                    perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                    of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                    or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                    to work from home).
                    Obtaining Necessary
                    Services or Supplies
                    To obtain necessary
                    services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                    to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                    supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                    from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                    essential operation of residences).
                    Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                    activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                    the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                    Working for Essential
                    Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                    To perform work providing
                    essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                    out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                    Care for Family Members or
                    Pets
                    To care for a family member
                    or pet in another household.
                    Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                    Infrastructure

                    Work
                    necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                    sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                    services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                    feet to the extent possible.



                    Note: The
                    Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                    infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                    Note: A
                    copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                    National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                    16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                    be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                    The 16 sectors are:

                    Healthcare/Public Health

                    Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                    Food and Agriculture

                    Energy

                    Water and Wastewater

                    Transportation and Logistics

                    Public Works

                    Communications and Information Technology

                    Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                    Essential Functions

                    Critical Manufacturing

                    Hazardous Materials

                    Financial Services

                    Chemical

                    Defense Industrial Base

                    Essential Government
                    Functions
                    All services provided by local
                    governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                    continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                    public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                    Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                    extent possible.
                    Essential City of Houston
                    Government Functions
                    All services provided by the
                    City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                    Government Functions.



                    Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                    extent possible.
                    Essential Healthcare
                    Operations
                    Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                    biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                    mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                    medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                    healthcare services.


                    Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                    healthcare operations.


                    Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                    all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                    This exemption is to be
                    viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                    Note: On March 22, 2020,
                    Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                    medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                    additional orders that further clarify this order.
                    Essential Retail Food producers and service
                    providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                    big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                    farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                    Food cultivation, including
                    farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                    Food production, including
                    the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                    Businesses that ship or
                    deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                    Restaurants and other
                    facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                    carry-out.


                    Schools and other entities
                    that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                    a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                    The restriction of delivery
                    or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                    and medical facilities.


                    Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                    and laundry service providers.


                    Gas stations, auto supply,
                    auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                    Businesses that supply
                    products needed for people to work from home.
                    Providers of Basic
                    Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                    Businesses that provide
                    food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                    economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                    Essential Services
                    Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                    Businesses
                    Trash and recycling
                    collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                    cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                    storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                    cemeteries.


                    Plumbers, electricians,
                    exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                    pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                    necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                    residences and Essential Businesses.


                    Professional services, such
                    as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                    legally mandated activities.


                    Businesses that supply other
                    Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                    Caregivers and helpers who
                    provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                    News Media Newspapers, television,
                    radio, and other media services.
                    Childcare and Adult Care
                    Services
                    Childcare and adult care
                    facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                    work as permitted.
                    Infrastructure,
                    Development, Operation, and Construction
                    For example, public works
                    construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                    commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                    maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                    highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                    and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                    national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                    infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                    Transportation Businesses related to the
                    operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                    services.

                    For example:

                    (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                    automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                    distributors, maintenance and repair
                    facilities;

                    (b) public transportation;

                    (c) businesses supporting
                    airport operations;

                    (d) street and highway
                    maintenance and construction;

                    (e) gas stations and other
                    fuel distribution businesses; and

                    (f) vehicles for hire,
                    including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                    enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                    businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                    must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                    extent feasible.
                    Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                    functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                    on the well-being and safety of members.
                    NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                    Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                    Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                    activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                    there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                    better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                    Airports and Related
                    Operations
                    Airport and airline
                    activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                    these Essential Businesses.



                    Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                    activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                    amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                    is covered by this exemption.
                    Professional Services Professional services, such
                    as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                    when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                    further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                    Infrastructure.
                    Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                    All Essential Businesses must
                    follow these guidelines:



                    (1) practice social distancing
                    by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                    to the extent feasible;



                    (2) provide access to hand
                    washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                    60 percent alcohol;



                    (3) post a sign in a
                    conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                    the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                    including fever or cough; and



                    (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                    by public health authorities.
                    Applications
                    for Exemptions:







                    Businesses that Retool
                    to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                    Other Businesses

                    Any manufacturer who retools
                    so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                    manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                    other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                    apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                    Any industry or business
                    that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                    requirements imposed by this Order.


                    To be eligible for an
                    exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                    form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                    along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                    industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                    Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                    Businesses or industries
                    that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                    Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                    exemption.
                    Delivery Hour Restrictions
                    Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                    The Order hereby suspends
                    all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                    in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                    supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                    Household to Quarantine if
                    Positive Test for COVID-19
                    If someone in a household
                    has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                    isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                    Nursing Homes, etc. to
                    Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                    Nursing homes, retirement,
                    and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                    accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                    end-of-life visitation.
                    Penalties for Failure to
                    Comply with Order
                    Any law enforcement agency
                    based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                    comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                    confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                    days.

                     

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                      PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                      Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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                      Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                      The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                      To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                      Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                      Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                      The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                      One note and one recommendation.

                      Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                      Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                      Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                      Summary

                      Restrictions Effective Dates
                      From 11:59 p.m. on March
                      24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                      Coverage

                      All individuals currently
                      living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                      except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                      All persons may leave their Residences
                      (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                      perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                      Essential Businesses.



                      Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                      motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                      Homeless
                      Individuals experiencing
                      homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                      social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                      Businesses, Other Than Essential
                      Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                      All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                      to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                      apply to Essential Businesses.



                      Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                      from home.
                      No Gatherings All public or private
                      gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                      living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                      activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                      This does not prohibit the
                      gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                      This does not affect orders
                      or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                      Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                      parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                      requirements still apply.



                      Public playgrounds are closed
                      - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                      People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                      other outdoor objects.
                      Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                      Provide Take-Out Services
                      Restaurants, bars,
                      micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                      serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                      services.
                      Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                      Pools, etc. Closed
                      Gyms, fitness centers,
                      swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                      any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                      Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                      Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                      Hair and nail salons, spas,
                      licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                      theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                      arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                      shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                      Faith Based and Other
                      Religious Services Are Restricted
                      Faith leaders may minister and
                      counsel in individual settings.



                      Religious and worship services
                      may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                      Religious institutions must
                      limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                      or teleconference services.



                      In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                      Essential Activities

                      (Permitted Activities)
                      Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                      perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                      of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                      or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                      to work from home).
                      Obtaining Necessary
                      Services or Supplies
                      To obtain necessary
                      services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                      to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                      supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                      from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                      essential operation of residences).
                      Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                      activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                      the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                      Working for Essential
                      Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                      To perform work providing
                      essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                      out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                      Care for Family Members or
                      Pets
                      To care for a family member
                      or pet in another household.
                      Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                      Infrastructure

                      Work
                      necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                      sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                      services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                      feet to the extent possible.



                      Note: The
                      Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                      infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                      Note: A
                      copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                      National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                      16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                      be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                      The 16 sectors are:

                      Healthcare/Public Health

                      Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                      Food and Agriculture

                      Energy

                      Water and Wastewater

                      Transportation and Logistics

                      Public Works

                      Communications and Information Technology

                      Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                      Essential Functions

                      Critical Manufacturing

                      Hazardous Materials

                      Financial Services

                      Chemical

                      Defense Industrial Base

                      Essential Government
                      Functions
                      All services provided by local
                      governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                      continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                      public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                      Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                      extent possible.
                      Essential City of Houston
                      Government Functions
                      All services provided by the
                      City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                      Government Functions.



                      Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                      extent possible.
                      Essential Healthcare
                      Operations
                      Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                      biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                      mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                      medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                      healthcare services.


                      Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                      healthcare operations.


                      Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                      all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                      This exemption is to be
                      viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                      Note: On March 22, 2020,
                      Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                      medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                      additional orders that further clarify this order.
                      Essential Retail Food producers and service
                      providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                      big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                      farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                      Food cultivation, including
                      farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                      Food production, including
                      the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                      Businesses that ship or
                      deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                      Restaurants and other
                      facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                      carry-out.


                      Schools and other entities
                      that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                      a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                      The restriction of delivery
                      or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                      and medical facilities.


                      Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                      and laundry service providers.


                      Gas stations, auto supply,
                      auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                      Businesses that supply
                      products needed for people to work from home.
                      Providers of Basic
                      Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                      Businesses that provide
                      food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                      economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                      Essential Services
                      Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                      Businesses
                      Trash and recycling
                      collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                      cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                      storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                      cemeteries.


                      Plumbers, electricians,
                      exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                      pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                      necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                      residences and Essential Businesses.


                      Professional services, such
                      as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                      legally mandated activities.


                      Businesses that supply other
                      Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                      Caregivers and helpers who
                      provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                      News Media Newspapers, television,
                      radio, and other media services.
                      Childcare and Adult Care
                      Services
                      Childcare and adult care
                      facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                      work as permitted.
                      Infrastructure,
                      Development, Operation, and Construction
                      For example, public works
                      construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                      commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                      maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                      highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                      and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                      national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                      infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                      Transportation Businesses related to the
                      operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                      services.

                      For example:

                      (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                      automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                      distributors, maintenance and repair
                      facilities;

                      (b) public transportation;

                      (c) businesses supporting
                      airport operations;

                      (d) street and highway
                      maintenance and construction;

                      (e) gas stations and other
                      fuel distribution businesses; and

                      (f) vehicles for hire,
                      including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                      enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                      businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                      must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                      extent feasible.
                      Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                      functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                      on the well-being and safety of members.
                      NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                      Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                      Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                      activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                      there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                      better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                      Airports and Related
                      Operations
                      Airport and airline
                      activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                      these Essential Businesses.



                      Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                      activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                      amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                      is covered by this exemption.
                      Professional Services Professional services, such
                      as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                      when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                      further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                      Infrastructure.
                      Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                      All Essential Businesses must
                      follow these guidelines:



                      (1) practice social distancing
                      by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                      to the extent feasible;



                      (2) provide access to hand
                      washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                      60 percent alcohol;



                      (3) post a sign in a
                      conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                      the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                      including fever or cough; and



                      (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                      by public health authorities.
                      Applications
                      for Exemptions:







                      Businesses that Retool
                      to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                      Other Businesses

                      Any manufacturer who retools
                      so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                      manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                      other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                      apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                      Any industry or business
                      that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                      requirements imposed by this Order.


                      To be eligible for an
                      exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                      form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                      along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                      industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                      Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                      Businesses or industries
                      that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                      Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                      exemption.
                      Delivery Hour Restrictions
                      Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                      The Order hereby suspends
                      all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                      in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                      supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                      Household to Quarantine if
                      Positive Test for COVID-19
                      If someone in a household
                      has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                      isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                      Nursing Homes, etc. to
                      Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                      Nursing homes, retirement,
                      and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                      accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                      end-of-life visitation.
                      Penalties for Failure to
                      Comply with Order
                      Any law enforcement agency
                      based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                      comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                      confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                      days.

                       

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                        PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                        Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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                        Click here to read more from our Coronavirus series.

                        Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                        The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                        To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                        Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                        Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                        The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                        One note and one recommendation.

                        Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                        Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                        Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                        Summary

                        Restrictions Effective Dates
                        From 11:59 p.m. on March
                        24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                        Coverage

                        All individuals currently
                        living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                        except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                        All persons may leave their Residences
                        (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                        perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                        Essential Businesses.



                        Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                        motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                        Homeless
                        Individuals experiencing
                        homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                        social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                        Businesses, Other Than Essential
                        Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                        All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                        to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                        apply to Essential Businesses.



                        Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                        from home.
                        No Gatherings All public or private
                        gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                        living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                        activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                        This does not prohibit the
                        gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                        This does not affect orders
                        or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                        Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                        parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                        requirements still apply.



                        Public playgrounds are closed
                        - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                        People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                        other outdoor objects.
                        Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                        Provide Take-Out Services
                        Restaurants, bars,
                        micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                        serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                        services.
                        Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                        Pools, etc. Closed
                        Gyms, fitness centers,
                        swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                        any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                        Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                        Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                        Hair and nail salons, spas,
                        licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                        theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                        arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                        shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                        Faith Based and Other
                        Religious Services Are Restricted
                        Faith leaders may minister and
                        counsel in individual settings.



                        Religious and worship services
                        may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                        Religious institutions must
                        limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                        or teleconference services.



                        In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                        Essential Activities

                        (Permitted Activities)
                        Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                        perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                        of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                        or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                        to work from home).
                        Obtaining Necessary
                        Services or Supplies
                        To obtain necessary
                        services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                        to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                        supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                        from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                        essential operation of residences).
                        Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                        activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                        the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                        Working for Essential
                        Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                        To perform work providing
                        essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                        out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                        Care for Family Members or
                        Pets
                        To care for a family member
                        or pet in another household.
                        Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                        Infrastructure

                        Work
                        necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                        sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                        services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                        feet to the extent possible.



                        Note: The
                        Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                        infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                        Note: A
                        copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                        National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                        16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                        be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                        The 16 sectors are:

                        Healthcare/Public Health

                        Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                        Food and Agriculture

                        Energy

                        Water and Wastewater

                        Transportation and Logistics

                        Public Works

                        Communications and Information Technology

                        Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                        Essential Functions

                        Critical Manufacturing

                        Hazardous Materials

                        Financial Services

                        Chemical

                        Defense Industrial Base

                        Essential Government
                        Functions
                        All services provided by local
                        governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                        continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                        public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                        Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                        extent possible.
                        Essential City of Houston
                        Government Functions
                        All services provided by the
                        City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                        Government Functions.



                        Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                        extent possible.
                        Essential Healthcare
                        Operations
                        Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                        biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                        mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                        medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                        healthcare services.


                        Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                        healthcare operations.


                        Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                        all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                        This exemption is to be
                        viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                        Note: On March 22, 2020,
                        Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                        medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                        additional orders that further clarify this order.
                        Essential Retail Food producers and service
                        providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                        big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                        farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                        Food cultivation, including
                        farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                        Food production, including
                        the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                        Businesses that ship or
                        deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                        Restaurants and other
                        facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                        carry-out.


                        Schools and other entities
                        that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                        a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                        The restriction of delivery
                        or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                        and medical facilities.


                        Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                        and laundry service providers.


                        Gas stations, auto supply,
                        auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                        Businesses that supply
                        products needed for people to work from home.
                        Providers of Basic
                        Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                        Businesses that provide
                        food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                        economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                        Essential Services
                        Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                        Businesses
                        Trash and recycling
                        collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                        cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                        storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                        cemeteries.


                        Plumbers, electricians,
                        exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                        pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                        necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                        residences and Essential Businesses.


                        Professional services, such
                        as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                        legally mandated activities.


                        Businesses that supply other
                        Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                        Caregivers and helpers who
                        provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                        News Media Newspapers, television,
                        radio, and other media services.
                        Childcare and Adult Care
                        Services
                        Childcare and adult care
                        facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                        work as permitted.
                        Infrastructure,
                        Development, Operation, and Construction
                        For example, public works
                        construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                        commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                        maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                        highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                        and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                        national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                        infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                        Transportation Businesses related to the
                        operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                        services.

                        For example:

                        (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                        automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                        distributors, maintenance and repair
                        facilities;

                        (b) public transportation;

                        (c) businesses supporting
                        airport operations;

                        (d) street and highway
                        maintenance and construction;

                        (e) gas stations and other
                        fuel distribution businesses; and

                        (f) vehicles for hire,
                        including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                        enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                        businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                        must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                        extent feasible.
                        Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                        functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                        on the well-being and safety of members.
                        NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                        Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                        Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                        activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                        there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                        better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                        Airports and Related
                        Operations
                        Airport and airline
                        activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                        these Essential Businesses.



                        Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                        activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                        amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                        is covered by this exemption.
                        Professional Services Professional services, such
                        as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                        when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                        further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                        Infrastructure.
                        Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                        All Essential Businesses must
                        follow these guidelines:



                        (1) practice social distancing
                        by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                        to the extent feasible;



                        (2) provide access to hand
                        washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                        60 percent alcohol;



                        (3) post a sign in a
                        conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                        the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                        including fever or cough; and



                        (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                        by public health authorities.
                        Applications
                        for Exemptions:







                        Businesses that Retool
                        to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                        Other Businesses

                        Any manufacturer who retools
                        so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                        manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                        other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                        apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                        Any industry or business
                        that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                        requirements imposed by this Order.


                        To be eligible for an
                        exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                        form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                        along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                        industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                        Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                        Businesses or industries
                        that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                        Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                        exemption.
                        Delivery Hour Restrictions
                        Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                        The Order hereby suspends
                        all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                        in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                        supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                        Household to Quarantine if
                        Positive Test for COVID-19
                        If someone in a household
                        has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                        isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                        Nursing Homes, etc. to
                        Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                        Nursing homes, retirement,
                        and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                        accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                        end-of-life visitation.
                        Penalties for Failure to
                        Comply with Order
                        Any law enforcement agency
                        based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                        comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                        confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                        days.

                         

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                          PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Harris County, Texas - Stay Home, Work Safe Order

                          Mar 25, 2020, 14:58 PM
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                          Harris County issued its Stay Home, Work Safe Order on March 24, 2020, to be effective starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and running through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

                          The following is a summary of the Order. It includes a table that organizes and summarizes the headline restrictions, exceptions, exemptions, enforcement actions, timetables and more that are set forth in the official Order the full text of which can be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

                          To date, the State of Texas has not issued a state-wide stay at home order. As a consequence, many of the counties in the State of Texas have begun issuing their own shelter in place or stay at home orders. So far these various county orders have followed the same general framework. Each has generally required that subject to specified exceptions, all individuals residing in that county are to remain at home for the term of the order, and that all businesses operating in that county cease operation. The specified exceptions are for individuals providing essential activities, and for businesses that are essential businesses, and those terms are defined and explained in each county’s order.

                          Each of the orders has been structured so as to supplement the guidance issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) with regards to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors it identified. 

                          Each county has provided additional guidance as to the application of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors in that county, and has provided its own guidance as to what are essential activities and essential businesses in that county. For example, Harris County has specifically excepted activities of NASA and the Port of Houston. Other counties have identified exceptions that are unique and appropriate for the respective counties.

                          The following is our summary of the Harris County Order. We hope that you find this useful in navigating your personal lives and business operations during these unprecedented times. While this summary is specific to the Harris County Order, those of you who live in or have business operations in other counties in the State of Texas will still find this summary to be generally useful, as most of the counties are following the same general framework. However, you will need to refer to any order issued by your County in order to definitively understand the restrictions that your County has mandated.

                          One note and one recommendation.

                          Note. This is a very fluid situation and the various County orders, while detailed in some ways are also subject to interpretation in others. We anticipate that all County orders will continue to be amended or supplemented as the orders began to be implemented in our communities. We will attempt to update this summary over the following days and weeks, but please be aware that this summary speaks only as to the Harris County Order as of the date stated above and reflects the information that we have been able to locate that is publicly available.

                          Recommendation. For those operating an Essential Business, we encourage you to consider issuing to each of your employees or contractors who will be traveling to and from your business a letter on company letterhead that identifies the name of your company, generally states the nature of your business, names the individual employee or contractor, and states that you require that individual to be at your place of business in order to operate. We have not seen any reference to such a letter in any of the County orders so far, and as a consequence any such letter would not have any officially mandated special authority. However, we would anticipate that having such a letter in his or her possession would lend credibility should they be stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer or other governmental authority.

                          Finally, please note that this summary highlights information contained in the Harris County Order. In evaluating how the Order applies to you or your business, you should carefully read the entire Order and the other rules, orders, and announcements referenced in the Order.

                          Summary

                          Restrictions Effective Dates
                          From 11:59 p.m. on March
                          24, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020
                          Coverage

                          All individuals currently
                          living within Harris County are ordered to stay at their place of residence
                          except for Essential Activities (defined below).



                          All persons may leave their Residences
                          (defined below) only for Essential Activities (defined below), or to provide or
                          perform Essential Governmental Functions (defined below), or to operate
                          Essential Businesses.



                          Residence - For purposes of the Order, Residence includes homes, hotels,
                          motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
                          Homeless
                          Individuals experiencing
                          homelessness are exempt from the Order except that they are to try to maintain
                          social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
                          Businesses, Other Than Essential
                          Businesses, to Cease Operations (employees can work from home)
                          All businesses operating within Harris County are required
                          to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. This does not
                          apply to Essential Businesses.



                          Businesses may continue operations with employees or contractors working
                          from home.
                          No Gatherings All public or private
                          gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or
                          living unit are prohibited. There are exceptions for certain outdoor spaces and
                          activities (see Public Parks, etc. below).


                          This does not prohibit the
                          gathering of members of a household or living unit.


                          This does not affect orders
                          or agreements regarding child-related visitation or custody arrangements.
                          Public Parks, etc. Okay Individuals may go to public
                          parks and open outdoor recreation areas. Note that six-foot social distancing
                          requirements still apply.



                          Public playgrounds are closed
                          - they may increase spread of COVID-19.



                          People are advised not to touch benches, water fountains, swings, or
                          other outdoor objects.
                          Restaurants, Bars, etc. May
                          Provide Take-Out Services
                          Restaurants, bars,
                          micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, wineries, and other establishments that
                          serve food may only serve food and/or alcohol by take out, delivery, or drive-through
                          services.
                          Gyms, Fitness Centers,
                          Pools, etc. Closed
                          Gyms, fitness centers,
                          swimming pools, and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for
                          any type of training, martial arts, sport, or recreation shall close.
                          Hair, Nail Salons, Concert
                          Halls, Stadiums, Theaters, etc. Are Closed
                          Hair and nail salons, spas,
                          licensed massage businesses and tattoo parlors, concert halls, live performance
                          theaters, arenas, stadiums, movie theaters, game rooms, bowling alleys,
                          arcades, indoor and outdoor flea markets and swap meets, indoor malls, indoor
                          shopping centers, and bingo halls shall close.
                          Faith Based and Other
                          Religious Services Are Restricted
                          Faith leaders may minister and
                          counsel in individual settings.



                          Religious and worship services
                          may only be provided by video and teleconference.



                          Religious institutions must
                          limit in-person staff to those necessary for preparing for or conducting video
                          or teleconference services.



                          In all cases, the six-foot social distancing rules must be observed.
                          Essential Activities

                          (Permitted Activities)
                          Health and Safety To engage in activities or
                          perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety
                          of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies
                          or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed
                          to work from home).
                          Obtaining Necessary
                          Services or Supplies
                          To obtain necessary
                          services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or
                          to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet
                          supplies, and any other household consumer products, supplies needed to work
                          from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and
                          essential operation of residences).
                          Outdoor Activities To engage in outdoor
                          activity (for example, walking, biking, hiking, running, or fishing), provided
                          the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet.
                          Working for Essential
                          Businesses and Other Permitted Activities
                          To perform work providing
                          essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry
                          out activities specifically permitted in the Order.
                          Care for Family Members or
                          Pets
                          To care for a family member
                          or pet in another household.
                          Essential Businesses Essential Critical
                          Infrastructure

                          Work
                          necessary to the operations and maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure
                          sectors identified by CISA (see below) provided that they carry out those
                          services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six
                          feet to the extent possible.



                          Note: The
                          Harris County Order provides additional guidance as to how the 16 critical
                          infrastructure sectors apply in Harris County.



                          Note: A
                          copy of the extensive guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                          National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the
                          16 critical infrastructure sectors is included at the end of the Order and can
                          be accessed at https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.



                          The 16 sectors are:

                          Healthcare/Public Health

                          Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders

                          Food and Agriculture

                          Energy

                          Water and Wastewater

                          Transportation and Logistics

                          Public Works

                          Communications and Information Technology

                          Other Community-Based Government Operations and
                          Essential Functions

                          Critical Manufacturing

                          Hazardous Materials

                          Financial Services

                          Chemical

                          Defense Industrial Base

                          Essential Government
                          Functions
                          All services provided by local
                          governments and municipalities located in Harris County needed to ensure their
                          continuing operation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the
                          public, including law enforcement, jail operations, and other services.



                          Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                          extent possible.
                          Essential City of Houston
                          Government Functions
                          All services provided by the
                          City of Houston that the Mayor of the City of Houston determines to be essential
                          Government Functions.



                          Must comply with social distancing requirements of six feet to the
                          extent possible.
                          Essential Healthcare
                          Operations
                          Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and
                          biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers,
                          mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, blood banks,
                          medical research, laboratory services, or any related and/or ancillary
                          healthcare services.


                          Home-based and residential-based care for seniors, adults, or children are also considered
                          healthcare operations.


                          Healthcare operations also include veterinary care and
                          all health and welfare services provided to animals.


                          This exemption is to be
                          viewed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare.


                          Note: On March 22, 2020,
                          Governor Greg Abbott ordered that all non-essential (elective) surgeries and
                          medical procedures be postponed until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020. Governor Abbot has subsequently issued
                          additional orders that further clarify this order.
                          Essential Retail Food producers and service
                          providers, including grocery stores, warehouse stores, furniture suppliers,
                          big box stores, bodegas, liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores, and
                          farmers’ markets that sell food products and household staples.


                          Food cultivation, including
                          farming, ranching, fishing, and livestock.


                          Food production, including
                          the production of canned goods, bottled beverages, and other grocery items.


                          Businesses that ship or
                          deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences.


                          Restaurants and other
                          facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or
                          carry-out.


                          Schools and other entities
                          that typically provide free services to students or members of the public on
                          a pick-up and take-away basis only.


                          The restriction of delivery
                          or carry-out does not apply to cafes and restaurants located within hospital
                          and medical facilities.


                          Laundromats, dry cleaners,
                          and laundry service providers.


                          Gas stations, auto supply,
                          auto and bicycle repair, hardware stores, and related facilities.


                          Businesses that supply
                          products needed for people to work from home.
                          Providers of Basic
                          Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
                          Businesses that provide
                          food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for
                          economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.
                          Essential Services
                          Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential
                          Businesses
                          Trash and recycling
                          collection, processing and disposal, mail and shipping services, building
                          cleaning, maintenance and security, warehouse/distribution and fulfillment,
                          storage for essential businesses, funeral homes, crematoriums, and
                          cemeteries.


                          Plumbers, electricians,
                          exterminators, yard and maintenance crews, housekeepers, janitorial staff,
                          pool cleaners and other service providers who provide services that are
                          necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of
                          residences and Essential Businesses.


                          Professional services, such
                          as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with
                          legally mandated activities.


                          Businesses that supply other
                          Essential Businesses with support or utilities needed to operate.


                          Caregivers and helpers who
                          provide services to seniors and disabled individuals.
                          News Media Newspapers, television,
                          radio, and other media services.
                          Childcare and Adult Care
                          Services
                          Childcare and adult care
                          facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to
                          work as permitted.
                          Infrastructure,
                          Development, Operation, and Construction
                          For example, public works
                          construction, construction of housing or other types of construction including
                          commercial, manufacturing, airport operations and aircraft manufacturing,
                          maintenance or repair, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and
                          highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet,
                          and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global,
                          national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business
                          infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
                          Transportation Businesses related to the
                          operation, maintenance, construction, and manufacture of transportation
                          services.

                          For example:

                          (a) vehicle manufacturers,
                          automotive suppliers and parts departments, car dealerships, parts
                          distributors, maintenance and repair
                          facilities;

                          (b) public transportation;

                          (c) businesses supporting
                          airport operations;

                          (d) street and highway
                          maintenance and construction;

                          (e) gas stations and other
                          fuel distribution businesses; and

                          (f) vehicles for hire,
                          including public transportation services, Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs, that
                          enable persons to travel to or from employers, service providers, or
                          businesses exempted in the Order. However, people riding on public transit
                          must comply with the six-foot social distancing requirements to the greatest
                          extent feasible.
                          Labor Union Functions Critical labor union
                          functions, including the maintenance of health and welfare funds and checking
                          on the well-being and safety of members.
                          NASA and Port of Houston Activities of the National
                          Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Port of Houston.



                          Note: These are very broadly stated exceptions that seem to permit any
                          activities associated with NASA or the Port of Houston. We anticipate that
                          there will be amendments or clarifications to these exceptions in order to
                          better define what is covered by these exceptions.
                          Airports and Related
                          Operations
                          Airport and airline
                          activities, operations, maintenance and repairs, and the hotels that serve
                          these Essential Businesses.



                          Note: This is a very broadly stated exception that seems to permit any
                          activities associated with our airports. We anticipate that there will be
                          amendments or clarifications to this exception in order to better define what
                          is covered by this exemption.
                          Professional Services Professional services, such
                          as legal or accounting services, insurances services, and “real estate services”
                          when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to
                          further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical
                          Infrastructure.
                          Additional Rules and Exceptions General Requirements
                          All Essential Businesses must
                          follow these guidelines:



                          (1) practice social distancing
                          by requiring patrons, visitors, and employees to be separated by six (6) feet,
                          to the extent feasible;



                          (2) provide access to hand
                          washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least
                          60 percent alcohol;



                          (3) post a sign in a
                          conspicuous place at the public entrance to the venue instructing members of
                          the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness,
                          including fever or cough; and



                          (4) adhere to other general communicable disease control recommendations
                          by public health authorities.
                          Applications
                          for Exemptions:







                          Businesses that Retool
                          to Provide Health Supplies or Other Essential Services







                          Other Businesses

                          Any manufacturer who retools
                          so that a substantial part of their business is for the purpose of
                          manufacturing and producing ventilators, personal protective equipment, or
                          other medical supplies and equipment necessary for the COVID-19 response may
                          apply for an “Essential Business” exemption under the Order.


                          Any industry or business
                          that is not an Essential Business may apply for an exemption from the
                          requirements imposed by this Order.


                          To be eligible for an
                          exemption, the industry or business must complete and submit an application
                          form, which will be made available to the public at www.ReadyHarris.org,
                          along with evidence that the continuing operations of the business or
                          industry are essential to promoting the general welfare of the residents of
                          Harris County and the State of Texas during the COVID-19 response.


                          Businesses or industries
                          that retool or amend their operations to provide or support Essential
                          Services during the COVID-19 response may also submit an application for
                          exemption.
                          Delivery Hour Restrictions
                          Suspended for Grocery Stores, Hospitals, etc.
                          The Order hereby suspends
                          all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved
                          in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical
                          supplies or equipment in Harris County for the next sixty (60) days.
                          Household to Quarantine if
                          Positive Test for COVID-19
                          If someone in a household
                          has tested positive for COVID-19, all residents of the household are ordered to
                          isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider.
                          Nursing Homes, etc. to
                          Prohibit Visitors Except for End-of-Life Visitation
                          Nursing homes, retirement,
                          and long-term care facilities are to prohibit nonessential visitors from
                          accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for
                          end-of-life visitation.
                          Penalties for Failure to
                          Comply with Order
                          Any law enforcement agency
                          based in Harris County is authorized to enforce the Order and the failure to
                          comply with the Order is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000.00 or
                          confinement in jail for a term that does not exceed one hundred eighty (180)
                          days.

                           

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