Search
  • storable-logo-color

  • marcus badge logo ss...

  • XercorInsuranD18aR06...

  • Yardi

  • Janus-500x177

  • af1-wings-8


Monday, March 30, 2020
You are here : About SSA  >  SSA News
24

UPDATED MARCH 27: List of business closure and shelter-in-place orders from around the country.

posted on

 

 

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM (ET)

 

Federal, State & Local Orders to Close or Reduce Operations

As many SSA members have likely seen in the news, several states and local governments have imposed restrictions on business operations in an effort to combat the further spread of coronavirus (Covid 19).

Although self storage operators may not be required to close entirely, you will need to be aware of state and local limits, as well as CDC guidance, on the size of gatherings and recommended social distancing. Additional details are below. Other local governments may impose additional restrictions on your business operations. However, these restrictions are challenging to track on a national level given the sheer number of local governments. We encourage you to follow your local news and Chamber of Commerce websites for local information.

Overall, the SSA recommends the following steps to determine what business activities are permissible during the pandemic. First, operators should start with any federal directives (currently there are none), then review Executive Orders from the Governor of the state(s) that they operate within. Finally, an operator should review any directives from local officials that may impose additional restrictions upon their business.

Again, given how fluid the situation is, it is sensible to review these documents every few days to ensure operations are still consistent with all current orders and directives. Consultation with your local legal counsel during this process is strongly advised.

Below is a list of most of the Executive Orders from Governors, as well as some local directives, that have been issued as of March 26, 2020.

Alabama:

  • Governor issued an order, stopping on-site consumption at restaurants and bars.
  • Effective March 17, all gatherings of 25 people or more that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons are prohibited in these counties of Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker. This order applies to all events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time, and the order specifies that individuals may seek an exemption from the State Health Officer. The order does not distinguish between public gatherings or private business operations.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Alaska:

 

  • Governor issued an order, closing restaurants, bars, gyms and bowling alleys. 
  • Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz has banned mass events of over 50 people, though the order specifically exempts day-to-day business operations.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Arizona:

  • Governor issued an order, prohibiting the closure of essential services. It prohibits a county or city from issuing an order that restricts or prohibits a person from performing any function designated as essential by the Governor. It outlines several categories of essential functions, including essential businesses and operations.  Among other businesses, it includes businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home. Businesses that sell or supply other essential businesses and operations with support or materials necessary to operate. It also deems professional and personal services, including real estate services, as essential businesses. Those entities, including self storage, will be permitted to continue to operate under this order. All local orders are required to update their list of essential services to conform with the order.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Arkansas:

 

  • No statewide directives have been issued for nonessential businesses to temporarily close.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

California:

  • Governor issued a state-wide order, directing all residents to stay at home except as needed to maintain critical infrastructure sectors. The list is here.  Currently, self storage is considered critical. It appears that the state order supersedes any more restrictive orders, which are discussed below, but we have heard of police enforcing local orders.
  • March 11 California Department of Public Health policy limits gatherings to no more than 250 people.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 
  • Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Yolo, and Alameda counties have also issued stay at home mandates.
  • Operators must review those orders in the context of whether storage operations in those jurisdictions must cease. There may be a reasonable argument that those storage businesses may remain open. The order from San Manteo for example states “All businesses except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations. It does define essential businesses further and the following could potentially be used to make an argument to be considered an essential business: First, Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home or Second, Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate. Even if an operator believes they are not “essential,” there is another carve out for “minimum basic operations.” The San Mateo order states, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following: The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.” As such, an operator could take the position that having one or two employees onsite is necessary to maintain minimum basic operations at the facility.
  • However, this language is specific to the San Mateo shelter in place order. All operators in California must carefully review the shelter in place directives and make an independent judgement as to its application to their business.
  • See more information in the FAQs here.

Colorado:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all residents to stay at home except for limited activities such as traveling to and working at critical businesses. Among other businesses, critical businesses include companies that provide storage for Critical Businesses – this includes self storage. A full list of essential critical businesses can be viewed here
  • Governor issued an order, to reduce in-person work that takes place outside a private residence by at least fifty (50) percent. Colorado employers must implement tele-work or other work from home capabilities to the greatest extent possible. If tele-work or work from home is not practical or possible, employers are encouraged to stagger work schedules to reduce the proximity of workers during work hours and to keep employees on payroll as we endure this temporary disruption to commerce together. This Executive Order does not apply to any employer that can certify that employees are no closer than six feet from one another during any part of their work hours. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health is going to develop and issue a certification method, with appropriate penalties for supplying false information that allows employers to demonstrate that they are in compliance with this directive.
  • Governor Jared Polis issued an order, requiring that bars, restaurants, casinos, theatres, and gyms close.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Connecticut:

  • Governor issued an order, restricting workplaces for non-essential businesses. It will remain in effect from March 23 at 8 PM through April 22. Non-essential businesses must eliminate their workforce by 100%. The Governor instructed the Department of Economic and Community Development to define essential businesses, but it must include the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as outlined here. Self storage is part of one of the critical infrastructure sectors.
  • Governor issued an order, that limits bar and restaurant operations to only offer “to-go” options, closes betting facilities, and closes gym, fitness, movie theater operations until April 30, 2020.
  • March 7 executive order prohibits “social and recreational” gatherings to 250 people.
  • Governor issued another order, closing shopping malls.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Delaware:

  • Governor issued an issued an order, requiring all non-essential businesses to close all physical locations within the State of Delaware. Another order was issued, mandating all residents to shelter in place. 
  • The list of essential and nonessential businesses can be found here. Self storage is considered essential and may remain open. A FAQ was also made available. 
  • In addition, essential businesses were directed to implement flexible and non-punitive sick-leave policies to facilitate compliance with this Order, such policies should follow any guidance from the U.S. CDC and DPH regarding COVID-19. Exclude employees who (a) have been diagnosed with COVID-19, (b) are reasonably suspected to have COVID-19, or (c) have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, shall stay home and not come to work until they are until they are free of fever (100.4 °F [38.0 °C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms of acute respiratory illness for at least 24 hours, without the
  • use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants), these employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick; Exclude employees who reside or intimately interact with persons who (a) have been diagnosed with COVID-19, (b) are reasonably suspected to have COVID-19, or (c) have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should stay at home and notify their supervisor of their situation; Exclude individuals at highest risk of poor outcomes such as those over age 60 and those with chronic underlying conditions from on-premises work (with the exception of healthcare workers); Separate sick employees from other individuals immediately; Prohibit employees who have been told they must be isolated or quarantined from on-premises work until cleared by DPH or a medical professional; Hand wash with warm water and soap when entering and leaving worksite; Have hand sanitizer or handwashing stations readily available for all employees throughout the day; Enforce cough and sneeze hygiene; Follow all State and CDC guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, especially that there must be 6 feet of space between employees at all times (the exception being healthcare workers using appropriate PPE); Follow all State and CDC guidelines and recommendations for environmental cleaning; Teleworking must be maximized; Visitors are not allowed inside worksites unless they are providing essential services.
  • Governor issued an order, effective March 16, 2020 that all restaurants, bars and taverns shall only provide food and beverage service through take-out, drive through and off premises delivery. No indoor or outdoor seating for food or beverage service, including the use of outdoor patios, is permitted. This restriction shall not apply to food service provided within hospitals to hospital staff/employees, patients and patient visitors. It also bans gatherings of 50 people or more.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

District of Columbia:

  • Mayor issued an order, closing nonessential businesses and prohibiting large gatherings of 10 or more individuals. Essential businesses include entities providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use. They also include businesses that provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and operation of residence and essential businesses; and businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes and moving companies. These descriptions cover self storage.
  • All businesses, whether deemed essential or nonessential, are permitted to maintain basic minimum operations. That includes the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the businesses inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and related functions. Further, the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to work remotely from their residences.
  • Businesses that remain open are directed to implement social distancing measures specified in the order.

Florida:

  • Governor issued an order, closing beaches and restaurants. 
  • Check back here for additional updates.
  • Miami-Dade county issued an order, closing all nonessential businesses. Storage is considered essential.
  • Alachua County, Florida issued an order closing nonessential businesses. Essential businesses include logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers. Further, factories, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial distribution and supply chain facilities used for essential products and industries for the U.S. domestic market. Finally, businesses that primarily supply office products needed for people to operate open businesses or work from home are deemed essential. Self storage fits into those designations.
  • Hillsborough County, Florida issued an order, directing all citizens to stay at home except for limited purposes such as traveling to and working at an essential business.  Moving, storage, and relocation services are deemed essential businesses, which covers the self storage industry.
  • Osceola County, Florida issued an order, requiring residents not to leave the premises of their primary residence except to conduct certain necessary activities, including traveling to and working to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors as more particularly described here. This list CISA critical industries. That particular version references commercial facilities and self storage is listed in that section. As a result, self storage is deemed essential.
  • Orange County, Florida issued an order, wherein individuals are required not to leave the premises of their primary residence except to conduct certain necessary activities, including obtaining food and traveling to work at an essential business. Essential businesses also include those employed in or working to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, which includes self storage in the commercial facilities sector.  Also, logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers are essential. Further, businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home are essential.
  • Employers and employees of such essential businesses are urged to practice social distancing, such as keeping at least six (6) feet apart and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people.
  • Previously, Orange County imposed curfew hours during which movement is prohibited each day from 11:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M., commencing on Friday, March 20, 2020 until terminated by executive order.
  • Pinellas County, Florida issued an order, requiring residents to stay at home except for limited permissible activities such as traveling to and working at an essential business and performing tasks at that business that cannot be done at home. Essential businesses include logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers. Further, factories, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or

other industrial distribution and supply chain facilities used for essential products and industries for the U.S. domestic market. Finally, businesses that primarily supply office products needed for people to operate open businesses or work from home are deemed essential. Self storage fits into those designations.

Georgia:

  • Governor issued an order on March 23, requiring certain residents to stay at home and limiting large gatherings.  Individuals who live in a nursing home, have chronic lung diseases, and those that are undergoing cancer treatment are directed to remain at home. Additionally, the order requires closure of bars. Further, it states that business may not allow more than 10 persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six feet or another person.
  • General recommendations on social distancing but no formal limits on mass gatherings
  • Check back here for additional updates.
  • Atlanta, Georgia issued an order, directing citizens to stay at home except for limited purposes such as working at an essential business. Among others, essential businesses include businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home and businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate. These include self storage.
  • Conyers, Georgia issued an order, requiring residents to shelter in place and closing many nonessential businesses.  Residents are permitted to go to work at essential businesses which include businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home and businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate. These both cover self storage.
  • Jasper County, Georgia issued a protective order saying no business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation or organization shall allow more than 10 people to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires individuals to stand or be seated within 6 ft of any other person.
  • Macon County, Georgia issued a protective order saying all retail and industrial businesses will remain open as long as employees are 6 ft. apart.
  • Savannah, Georgia issued an order, requiring residents to stay at home except for limited permissible purposes such as going to work at an essential business. Among other businesses, businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home and businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate are deemed essential and may continue to operate. These include self storage.
  • Further, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively for employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). This provision may be useful for managers who live on site.

Hawaii:

  • Governor issued on March 23 an order, directing all residents to stay at home. All persons may leave their home or place of residence only for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations. Among other industries, essential businesses include professional services, such as real estate services. Also, it includes businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other essential businesses and operations with the support or materials necessary to operate and businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home. These cover self storage.
  • All essential businesses and operations and persons engaged in permitted activities identified herein, shall exercise the following social distancing requirements to the fullest extent possible:1. Six-foot distances. All persons shall maintain a minimum of six-feet of physical separation from all other persons to the fullest extent possible. Essential businesses and operations shall designate with signage, tape, or by other means six foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance. 2. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Essential businesses and operations shall make hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers. 3. Separate operating hours for high risk populations. Essential businesses and operations shall implement separate operating hours for elderly and high risk customers. High risk persons, including those who are sick, are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. 4. Online and remote access. Essential businesses and operations shall post online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.
  • Governor issued an order, closing bars, restaurants, and limits gatherings to 10 people or less.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Idaho:

  • Governor issued an order, requiring all individuals to self isolate in their homes and directing nonessential businesses to close, except for limited circumstances such as traveling to and working at an essential business.  Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are deemed essential. Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses or Essential Government Functions with the support or supplies necessary to operate are also essential. Both of those provisions reasonably describe self storage.
  • Businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). This provision may cover any live-on-site self storage managers.
  • Businesses must also maintain at least six feet from other individuals, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes, and not shake hands; For people with medical conditions, regardless of age, that put them at higher risk of serious complications should they contract COVID-19, and other than health care workers and other essential providers, avoid leaving their homes to the extent possible; and for employers in the State of Idaho that do not provide essential businesses or government services, take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home to the extent possible.
  • Governor issued an isolation order for Blaine County, Idaho on March 20, but it exempts business operations.
  • The State of Idaho adopted federal guidance to prevent coronavirus spread, though not mandating the closure of schools or other establish.
  • The City of Boise has closed all city facilities to the public and recommends the cancellation of any events of 50 or more people.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Illinois:

  • Governor issued on March 20 an order, requiring all residents to stay at home. Individuals are permitted to leave to work at “essential” businesses. Essential businesses include real estate services. Also, businesses that provide supplies to work from home and those businesses that provide supplies for essential businesses and operations.
  • The order also permits nonessential businesses to maintain “minimum basic operations,” which are the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll, or for related functions.
  • Businesses that remain open must comply with the Social Distance Requirements in the order. These include designating six-foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance; having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers; implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.
  • Governor issued an order, shutting down bars, restaurants, and other food service establishments from serving at the facility.
  • March 17 order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people except for venues “that provide essential goods or services.”
  • Check back here for additional updates. 


Indiana:

  • The Governor issued an order, requiring all residents to stay home except to obtain essential services or travel to work at an essential business. Essential businesses are defined those that provide supplies for essential businesses and those that provide supplies for essential businesses and operations. Additionally, it provides professional services, including real estate services. These cover self storage.
  • Also, it permits minimum basic operations to continue, which is the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the businesses’ inventory, preserve the condition of its physical plant, and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee and employee benefits or for related functions. The minimum necessary activities to facilities employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  • Businesses are also directed to maintain social distancing requirements, including designating signage, tape or by other means, six-feet of spacing for employees and customers, having hand sanitizer available to customers and employees, and posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach it.
  • The government also provided a FAQ document. 
  • March 17 update adopts CDC recommendations against gatherings of more than 50 people

Iowa:

  • Governor issued an order, closing all bars, restaurants, casinos, and gyms until at least March 31, 2020. 
  • March 17 order by Gov. Reynolds prohibits mass gatherings of more than 10 people, but limits to “social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events.”
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Kansas:

  • Governor issued an order, forbidding “mass public and private gatherings” of 10 people or more.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Kentucky:

  • Governor issued an order to “Remain Healthy at Home.” The order encourages all citizens to stay at home except for certain activities such as to obtain food or work at an essential businesses. Among other businesses, essential businesses include businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Life-Sustaining Businesses with the support or materials necessary to operate. Further it includes, real estate services. These cover self storage.
  • Professional services firms, including real estate services, must implement telecommuting and remote work to the fullest extent possible, and should only use in-person interaction to support Minimum Basic Operations or where telecommuting is impossible.
  • All businesses permitted to operate, including Life-Sustaining Businesses and businesses conducting Minimum Basic Operations, must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the CDC and the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Failure to do so is a violation of this Order, and could subject said business to closure or additional penalties as authorized by law. Social distancing and hygiene guidance includes: ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing or access to hand sanitizer; regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; permitting employees to work from home when feasible; and identifying any sick employees and ask theming to leave the premises. Employers are strongly encouraged to offer these employees paid leave.
  • Minimum Basic Operations. Minimum Basic Operations are the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory, preserve the condition of the business's physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate telecommuting, and other related functions.
  • Governor issued an order on March 22, requiring that nonessential retail businesses close on March 23. The order does not apply to self storage because self storage is not a retail business.
  • However, the order does require that essential retail businesses practice social distancing by keeping everyone separated by six feet, where possible. Also, ensuring that employees are practicing appropriate hygiene as well as offering sanitizer to customers.
  • Governor issued an order, closing all in-person dining at bars and restaurants. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Louisiana:

  • Governor on March 22 issued an order, requiring all residents to stay at home. It does permit individuals to leave their home to obtain food or to go to work at an essential businesses. Self storage is deemed essential. It also prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. Other non-essential businesses are instructed to reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees while requiring proper social distancing. 
  • Governor issued a proclamation, closing all in-person dining at bars and restaurants as well as closing all casinos and fitness centers. 
  • Governor ordered closings of bars, restaurants and theaters and limited public gatherings to no more than 50 people.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Maine:

  • Governor issued an order, requiring closure of nonessential businesses. Essential businesses include those businesses providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging and distributing products for the wholesale or retail sale or use. This includes self storage. Also, nonessential business may continue those activities that do not allow customer, vendor, or other visitor in-person contact.
  • Businesses must also implement, the extent practicable, having their employees work remotely or otherwise comply with social distancing requirements, including maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times, including but not limited to, when customers are standing in line. Additionally, businesses must have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers, implement separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers, and post online whether the facility is open and how best to reach the facility.  
  • Governor issued an order, closing bars and restaurants.
  • March 18 order also bans gatherings more than 10 people. Gatherings subject to this order are those that are primarily social, personal, discretionary events, not work-related events.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Maryland:

  • Governor issued an order, mandating the closure of all nonessential businesses as well as banning all gatherings of 10 or more individuals. 
  • Maryland issued “essential” vs. “nonessential” interpretative guidance, which specifically states that self storage is essential and may remain open. 
  • On March 19, Governor Hogan limited gatherings to 10 people, ordered closure of shopping malls, restricted access to BWI terminal and urged transit for essential travel only, activated first phase of hospital surge plan: 900 beds available immediately.
  • Governor issued an order, closing bars, restaurants, casinos, and fitness centers in the state. 
  • March 16 prohibition on mass gatherings of more than 250 people but which appears limited to “social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings and events.”
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Massachusetts:

  • Governor issued an order, limiting gatherings to ten people or fewer. It also requires closures of businesses that do not provide essential services.
  • The full list of essential services can be viewed here. Under the Transportation and Logistics heading, there is a provision that covers “workers who support moving and storage services.” That provision could be reasonably read to cover self storage; however, operators should individually make that determination as the order provides for criminal and civil liability.
  • Additional guidance on permissible gatherings can be viewed here.
  • Order prohibits mass gatherings of more than 25 people beginning March 17 but additional guidance clarifies the order does “not apply to typical office environments, government buildings, or factories.”

Michigan:

  • Governor issued an order, requiring all residents to stay at home and limiting permissible work within the state. 
  • Workers may continue to report for work at businesses that are “critical infrastructure.” Under the Transportation and Logistics heading, there is a provision that covers “employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.”  That provision covers self storage.
  • However, if an operator does not feel that label is correct, they may maintain “basic minimum operations.”
  • For purposes of this order, workers who are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations are those whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to allow the business or operation to maintain the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process transactions (including payroll and employee benefits), or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely.
  • Businesses that remain open must meet the following social distancing requirements: Restricting the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the business’s or operation’s critical infrastructure functions; promoting remote work to the fullest extent possible; keeping workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible, including for customers who are standing in line; increasing standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace; adopting policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person who is known or suspected to have COVID-19; and any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Businesses and operations must determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and inform such workers of that designation. Businesses and operations must make such designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. Such designations, however, may be made orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
  • Under Executive Order 2020-9, effective March 16, the following places of public accommodation will be closed; restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos.
  • March 17 order prohibiting gatherings over 50 people specifically exempts workplaces from restrictions.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Minnesota:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all citizens to stay at home until at least April 10 except for certain limited activities such as obtaining food or traveling to work at an essential business. Among other essential businesses, it includes warehousing and storage as essential in this document
  • Allowed activities and work performed, including self storage should, to the maximum extent possible, be conducted in a manner that adheres to Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Standards and the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC Guidelines related to COVID-19, including social distancing and hygiene.
  • Governor issued an order, closing restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption. This excludes institutional and in-house food cafeterias for businesses, hospitals, and long-term care facilities; Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption; Theaters, cinemas, museums, and indoor and outdoor performance venues; Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoors sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas; Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities; Facilities of country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Mississippi:

  • Governor issued an order, stopping gatherings of groups of 10 or more individuals and suspending in-establishment dining at operations that cannot limit to 10 or fewer individuals in the dining room. Essential businesses and operations are not subject to the 10 person or fewer requirement. Essential businesses include professional services that covers real estate services. Self storage is the rental of real property and deemed essential. The order also deems as essential businesses that provide essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and essential businesses. This also covers self storage.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Missouri:

  • Governor issued an Order, declaring a State of Emergency. 
  • Governor has urged cancellation of public events with more than 50 people, but no formal restrictions.
  •  Check back here for additional updates. 

Kansas City

  • Kansas City Mayor has issued a stay at home order, requiring all citizens to stay at home.    However, individuals may leave their residences or place of rest only to perform “Essential Activities.”  Among other actions, citizens may leave their home to perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted, including Minimum Basic Operations. Essential businesses include those businesses that provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. Also, businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home as well as businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate.
  • Even if a business is not deemed essential under the Kansas City Mayor’s Order, other businesses may maintain “Minimum Basic Operations.” Provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements, to the extent possible, those businesses may maintain the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions; and the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, place of rest, or elsewhere.

Montana:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all individuals currently living within Montana to stay at home except for certain activities such to perform work providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses. Essential businesses include realtors or others providing real estate services, including self storage. Additionally, essential businesses include businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home and those businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate. These also describe self storage operations.
  • Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible: Designate six-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape, or by other means sixfoot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance; Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers; Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.
  • Governor issued an order, that requires closure of several businesses including restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar establishments offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption. Alcoholic beverage service businesses, including bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Cigar bars. Self storage is not required to close at this time.
  • Governor declared a state of emergency. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Nebraska:

  • Governor issued a release, encouraging all citizens to follow the CDC’s recommendation to not congregate in groups of 10 or more. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Nevada:

  • Governor issued a statement, requiring nonessential businesses to close. For a list of essential businesses, click here. Storage is listed as an essential business.
  • For businesses that remain open, the Nevada Health Response Center maintains that all employees and patrons ensure that 6 feet of social distancing per person for non-household members is maintained at all times. In addition, businesses should: Remind employees of best hygiene practices, including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing per CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection guidance of all hard surfaces, including tables and countertops that are being utilized by employees and patrons during pickup/delivery options. Encourage employees to work remotely or telecommute, if possible.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

New Hampshire:

  • Governor issued an order, directing citizens to stay at home and closing nonessential businesses. Citizens are permitted to leave home for limited activities such as working at an essential business. Essential businesses are outlined here and include businesses with workers who support moving and storage services. This includes self storage. Essential businesses are required to implement social distancing consistent with the CDC.
  • Governor issued an order, stopping landlords from instituting judicial and non-judicial eviction proceedings for residential and non-residential tenants.  All lien sales should likely cease for now.
  • March 16 order by the governor specifically exempts businesses from limits on gatherings of people over 50.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

New Jersey:

  • Governor issued on March 21 a stay at home order that requires all residents to remain at home except for certain activities such as obtaining food or going to work. It also requires that nonessential retail businesses close as well as all recreational and entertainment businesses.  
  • There is also a FAQ that provides that other commercial businesses, such as self storage,  may continue to operate. All businesses are required to accommodate from work-from-home or telework arrangements, wherever practicable. Also, all businesses should make best efforts to reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure that essential operations can continue.
  • The Governor issued an order, invalidating any order issued by any local government official that in any way will or might conflict with any of the provisions of the stay home order or which will or might in any way interfere with or impede its achievement.
  • Governor issued an order, closing temporarily all casinos, concert venues, nightclubs, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers and classes, movie theaters, and performing arts centers will be closed to the public beginning on March 16, 2020. and remain closed as long as this Order remains in effect; all other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.; and all restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor or limited brewery license, are limited to offering delivery and/or take out-services only.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

New Mexico:

  • Governor issued on March 23 an order, directing residents to stay at home except to do things such as obtain food and travel to work at an essential business. Essential business is defined as real estate services including brokers, title companies, and related services as well as businesses that provide logistics and businesses that store, ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences or retailers. These cover self storage. This email from the Governor’s office confirms that self storage is an essential business in New Mexico.
  • “Essential businesses” may remain open provided they minimize their operations and staff to the greatest extent possible. Further, all essential businesses shall, to the greatest extent possible, adhere to social distancing protocol and maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, avoid person-to-person contact, and direct employees to wash their hands frequently. Further, all essential businesses shall ensure that all surfaces are cleaned routinely.
  • Governor issued a press release, stating that starting March 16 all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Patrons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

New York:

  • Governor issued an order, requiring that businesses implement telecommuting policies and reduce in person workforce by 50% by March 20 at 8 PM. On March 20, the governor announced that in person workforce must be reduced by 100%.
  • An essential business includes vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses;  businesses that provide storage for essential services; vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support.
  • State has also set up a portal for businesses to submit questions to the state as well as a FAQ page. 
  • Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.
  • Governor issued a press release, stating that all bars, restaurants, and gyms are closed until further notice. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

North Carolina:

  • Governor on March 23 issued an order, restricting gatherings to fifty people or fewer and also mandating closure of additional businesses such as gyms, pools, and skating rinks. Self storage is not required to close.
  • Governor issued a press release, announcing the closing of all bars and restaurants for in-restaurant dining.
  • March 14 executive order prohibits gatherings over 100 people, but excludes “normal operations at airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other places where more than one hundred (100) people are gathered. a
  • Check back here for additional updates. 
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina issued an order, directing all Buncombe County residents to “Stay Home – Stay Safe” and to limit movements outside of their homes that are not deemed essential. Residents may travel to and work at essential businesses. Among other essential businesses, businesses that provide storage services to other essential businesses are deemed essential. This includes self storage operators.
  • Cabarrus County, North Carolina has issued an order, restricting the movement of all individuals except that they may, among other reasons, leave to work at essential businesses. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home are deemed essential. Additionally, businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security are deemed essential. These cover self storage operations.
  • Mecklenburg and the City of Charlotte have issued an order, requiring all individuals currently living within Mecklenburg County including the City of Charlotte are restricted to shelter at their places of residence – except for limited purposes such as traveling to and working at an essential business. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate are deemed essential. Additionally, businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home are deemed essential – such as self storage.
  • Essential businesses must implement Social Distancing Requirements includes maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. Required measures. Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible: Designate six-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape, or by other means six­ foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance; Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers; Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina issued an order, instructing residents to stay at home except for limited purposes such as to go to work at an essential business.  Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate transactions and services including, but not limited to, appraisal and title services are deemed essential. Self storage is the rental of real property and is therefore essential.

North Dakota:

  • Governor issued an order, declaring a state of emergency. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Ohio:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all citizens to stay at home for two weeks. It becomes effective on March 23 through April 6, unless modified or rescinded. Citizens are permitted to leave their home to get food as well as for certain types of work. Essential businesses include real estate services, businesses that provide supplies to work from home, and those businesses that provide supplies for essential businesses and operations. It also includes businesses listed here, which includes self storage. 
  • The order permits non-essential businesses to maintain Basic Minimum Operations, which is the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions. Also, businesses must facilitate, to the greatest extent possible, the ability of employees to work remotely.
  • The order also imposes additional requirements and restrictions. Businesses are instructed to designate with signage, tape or by other means six-foot spacing for employees and customers. Also, businesses must have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products available for employees and customers, separate operating hours for vulnerable populations such as the elderly, and online and remote access – business must post whether the facility is open and how best to reach the facility.
  • March 12 order by the Director of the Department of Health to limit and/or prohibit mass gatherings of 100 or more people. Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 100 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present.
  • Ohio Gov. DeWine submitted formal request to SBA for federal assistance.

Oklahoma:

  • Issued statewide Executive Order that enforces “Safer at Home” order statewide, requesting elderly and individuals who are immunocompromised or have pre-existing condition to shelter in their homes, leaving only for essential needs like groceries or prescriptions, until April 30.
  • Closes non-essential businesses that are in Oklahoma counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19: Businesses explicitly listed include: hair salons, gyms, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, museums, etc.  Restaurants may remain open in these counties but must close their dine-in area, offering instead curbside pickup and delivery. Self storage is allowed to remain open.
  • Businesses must come into compliance by midnight March 25. This would apply today to 19 counties, which are listed on www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov.
  • Prohibits gatherings of 10 or more individuals.
  • Formed the Governor’s Solution Task Force to provide comprehensive solutions for COVID-19 pandemic, from forward planning for statewide hospital capacity to innovation strategizing for economic impact.
  • Executive Order recommending residents follow the CDC guidelines including avoiding gatherings of 10 or more.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Oregon:

  • Governor issued an order, mandating that most residents stay at home.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order, including self storage, to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios.
  • Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.
  • Governor issued an order, prohibiting gatherings of 25 people or more and prohibiting bars and restaurants from serving on premises. 
  • March 16 Governor Brown announced statewide actions to flatten the curve in Oregon.

Measures include statewide canceling events of 25 people or more only service and encouraged individual social distancing of 10 people or less.

Pennsylvania:

  • On March 19, Governor Wolf ordered  all “non-life sustaining” businesses to close their physical locations at 8:00 p.m. on March 19, with enforcement action to begin at 12:01 March 21 to those who don’t close.
  • A prescriptive listing of “life-sustaining” businesses can be found here. Storage is listed as a life-sustaining business.
  • Life sustaining businesses may remain open, but they must follow, at a minimum, the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control to protect workers and patrons.
  • Governor issued an order, ordering citizens of Allegheny County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County are ordered to stay at home except as needed to access, support, or provide life sustaining business, emergency, or government services.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 
  • City of Philadelphia has issued a directive, instructing that only essential commercial establishments should remain open, including  Supermarkets and grocery stores, Big box stores, Pharmacies, Discount stores, mini-markets, and non-specialized food stores, Daycare centers, Hardware stores, Gas stations, Banks, Post Offices, Laundromats and dry cleaners, Veterinary clinics for domestic pets and pet stores. Also deemed essential are commercial establishments that sell any of the following: frozen products; non-specialized stores of computers, telecommunications equipment, audio and video consumer electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; automotive fuel; domestic fuel; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products medication not requiring medical prescription; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; and soaps and detergents.

Rhode Island:

  • Governor issued an order, directing that n later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, all public recreation and entertainment establishments shall cease in-person operations. Public recreation and entertainment establishments subject to this Order include, but are not limited to, theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys, concert venues, museums, and zoos. No later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, all close-contact businesses (businesses which cannot maintain social distancing with their customers as outlined in paragraph 3 below) including, but not limited to, gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors shall cease in-person operations.
  • Subject to the closures and limitations provided in prior orders and in paragraph 4 below, all businesses remaining open, must, to the extent practicable, implement CDC guidance to ensure social distancing, including: maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between persons; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing; ensuring that employees who are sick remain home; and

regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. All business service personnel that can work from home are required to do so.

  • On March 20, Gov. Raimondo tweeted that Rhode Island was not currently considering a shelter in place order.
  • Governor issued an order, preventing bars and restaurants from having on-premises consumption.
  • March 16 order prohibits gatherings of more than 25 people, identified as “community, civic, public, leisure, or faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any other similar activity.”
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

South Carolina:

  • Governor issued an order, authorizing the police to break up groups of three (3) or more individuals. However, the order does not apply to private businesses. 
  • Governor has issued an order, closing bars and restaurants.
  • Section 4 of Governor’s prohibition of gatherings of 100 or more people specifically exempts private businesses and employers from this prohibition
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

South Dakota:

  • No statewide directives have been issued.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Tennessee:

  • Governor issued an order, directing persons in Tennessee not participate in social gatherings often (10) or more people. It also states that restaurants, bars, and similar food or drink establishments, including nightclubs, shall not be open to persons, except only to offer drive through, pickup, carry-out, or delivery service for food or drink, and persons are highly encouraged to use such drive-through, pickup, carry-out, or delivery options to support such businesses during this emergency. This order does not mandate sheltering in place and does not currently appear to effect self storage operations.
  • Governor declared a state of emergency.
  • Recommends limiting mass gatherings to no more than 250 people, but no formal limitations.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Texas:

  • Governor issued an order on March 19, closing bars, restaurants, gyms and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Governor has declared a state of emergency.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 
  • Austin, Texas issued an order, directing residents to stay at home. Residents are permitted to travel to and work at essential businesses, which include those entities that provide supplies to work from home and those businesses that provide supplies for essential businesses, critical infrastructure, and essential government functions.
  • On March 22, Dallas County, Texas issued an Order, requiring all residents to shelter in place. Residents are permitted to the leave their home to obtain food or to perform work at an essential business. Essential business is defined by the CISA’s list, which includes self storage. Additionally, businesses that storage for essential businesses are deemed essential. Essential Businesses shall comply with the Social Distancing Guidelines, including maintaining six foot social distancing for both employees and the general public. Suspend nonessential employee travel. Ensure employees practice social distancing and do not work within six feet of one another. Urge essential employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits. Do not require a doctor’s note for employees who are sick. Maximize telecommuting options. Persons who need to be at work to provide essential services of great benefit to the community must take steps in their workplace to minimize risk.
  • Ft. Worth, Texas has issued an order, closing bars, lounges, taverns, commercial amusement and entertainment establishments, bingo halls, theaters, gyms, fitness classes, yoga and personal training facilities, similar facilities and classes, private clubs, tattoo and piercing parlors and tanning salons, residential meeting spaces, event centers, hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, outdoor plazas and markets. It also forbids gatherings of 10 or more individuals.
  • Harris County, Texas issued an order, requiring all individuals currently living within Harris County to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities. All persons may leave their Residences only for Essential Activities, or to provide or perform Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses. Businesses that provide storage for essential businesses are deemed essential. Further, professional services, such as “real estate services” when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities or to further Essential Businesses, Essential Government functions, or Critical Infrastructure. Self storage is the rental of real estate and is permitted to remain open.
  • In Harris County, Texas these infection control precautions apply to all Essential Businesses: (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.
  • Lubbock, Texas issued an order, closing specifically several businesses including hair salons, and shopping malls.  The order also outlines several essential businesses that are permitted to remain open. Further, the order states any business which is permitted to remain open and which does not specifically meet one of the categories described above is hereby required to adhere to federal and CDC guidelines, including affirmative steps to ensure that social distancing of 6 feet is maintained, including for anyone waiting to enter the premises, and at no time are more than ten persons permitted to be inside the premises, inclusive of employees and customers. This appears to cover self storage operations.
  • San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas issued a stay at home order, requiring all residents to stay at home except for limited activities such as to obtain food or go to work at certain essential businesses. The order permits residents to work at exempted businesses, which include those (such as self storage) in this CISA document. Only businesses and organizations that are providing these necessary products or services to the public during this public health crisis will be allowed to continue to operate. All other businesses shall close but may allow employees to work from home.
  • Tarrant County, Texas has issued an order, limiting the size of gatherings to no more than 10 people and mandates the cancellation of all such gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice. However, it does not prohibit gatherings of people in multiple, separate enclosed spaces (including separate cubicles or storage units) in a single building such as different floors of a multi-level office so long as not more than 10 people are present in any single space at the same time. This Declaration also does not prohibit the use of enclosed spaces where more than 10 people may be present at different times during the day, so long as more than 10 people are not present in the space at the same time. The order also expressly mandates that closure of several businesses like theatres, gyms, and bars, but does not require closure of self storage facilities.

Utah:

  • Governor has issued an order, closing restaurants and bars. The order also limits gatherings to groups of 10 or fewer.
  • Check back here for additional updates.  

Vermont:

  • Governor issued an order to “stay home, stay safe” that remains in effect until at least April 15, 2020. Citizens are directed to stay at home except for certain limited activities such as obtaining food or going to work at certain essential businesses.  Essential businesses include other building and property services for the safety, sanitation and operations of residences or other businesses – such as self storage.
  • All businesses, governmental entities and not-for-profit entities shall develop strategies,

procedures and practices designed for strict adherence to CDC and VDH guidance to

ensure recommended social distancing, including, to the extent possible: maintaining a distance of 6 feet between persons; requiring employees to practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing; requiring employees who are sick remain home; and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about acceptable continuation of business operations should contact the Agency of Commerce and Community Development via this online form.
  • Governor issued an order, prohibiting on site consumption at bars and restaurants.
  • Check back here for additional updates.

Virginia:

  • Governor has issued an order, requiring closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses as well as nonessential retail businesses. Self storage is not a retail business and is not required to close.
  • The order mandates closure of all dining and congregation areas in restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, and farmers markets. Take out is permissible though.
  • All businesses shall, to the extent possible, adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and other appropriate workplace guidance from state and federal authorities while in operation. Although business operations offering professional rather than retail services may remain open, they should utilize teleworking as much as possible. Where telework is not feasible, such business must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing practices on common surfaces, and apply the relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities.
  • Governor declared a state of emergency.
  • Governor also issued an order, that all restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters are mandated to significantly reduce their capacity to 10 patrons, or close. Restaurants are encouraged to continue carry-out and takeaway options.
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Washington:

  • Governor issued an order on March 23, directing all residents to immediately cease leaving their home or place of residence except: (1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or (2) for employment in essential business services. A list of essential businesses can be viewed here. The list includes employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use. This covers self storage.
  • In addition, nonessential businesses are permitted to maintain basic minimum operations. For purposes of the order, minimum basic operations are the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and related functions.
  • Governor issued an order, which mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings.
  • Governor’s prohibition on gatherings of over 250 is limited to apply to “social, spiritual, or recreational activities.”
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

West Virginia:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all residents to remain at home unless performing an essential activity such as obtaining food or going to work at an essential business. Storage facilities are listed as an essential business. An essential business also includes those entities that supply other essential businesses and those that supply products needed for individuals to work from home. This covers self storage.
  • The order also forbids gatherings of 10 or more and requires that businesses practice social distancing.
  • Governor issued an order, closing gyms and fitness center. A previous order limited bar and restaurant operations
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Wisconsin:

  • Governor issued an order, directing all residents to stay at home. All residents are directed to stay at home except for limited circumstances such as obtaining food or traveling to work at an essential business. Essential businesses include those that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home. Those Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations and Essential Governmental Functions with the support or supplies necessary to operate. Essential businesses also include real estate services. These cover self storage.
  • Additionally, non essential businesses may maintain Minimum Basic Operations that include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations: The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory, preserve the condition of the business's physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, including where these functions are outsourced to other entities. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  • All businesses, including Essential Businesses and Operations, shall, to the greatest extent possible, use technology to avoid meeting in person, including virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e., work from home). Businesses may not engage in door-to-door solicitation, regardless of its purpose or status as an Essential Business or Operation. All Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses and Operations shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Order; in doing so, Essential Businesses and Operations shall, to the greatest extent possible, ensure that both employees and members of the public are maintaining six-foot social distancing, including but not limited to when any customers are standing in line.
  • Governor issued an order, prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more. 
  • Check back here for additional updates. 

Wyoming:

  • Governor issued an order, limiting gatherings to ten or fewer individuals.
  • Governor issued an order, closing certain types of businesses such as bars, restaurants, and gyms. The order does not appear to cover self storage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

| Categories: | Tags: | View Count: (1424) | Return

Post a Comment

  • Resize New G5Full Co...

  • resizeAMNC Logo

  • SSA Skyscraper Ad

  • SSA-2017-USCWebsiteA...

  • Havener Skyscraper A...

  • DOMICO_260x110

  • Baja-Construction-Ba...

  • USC-WebAd-SSA-260pxb...

  • SSAWebsiteAd4 (003)

  • Sentinel-260x110