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COVID-19 Phased Reopening: State and Local Code Enforcement Issues and Related First Amendment Challenges

The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is referred to as “novel” and it is now presenting novel and constantly changing legal issues relating to enforcement at the state and local levels regarding Executive Orders, Emergency Health Orders, Shelter In Place Orders, and Reopening Plans. Front-line enforcement issues run the gamut from the state’s ability to withhold funding and involvement of the state task force to the legal and practical difficulties in obtaining compliance at the local level with the limits and restrictions that are placed on (1) actions of individuals (such as social distancing and mandates for wearing masks), (2) in-person worship services, (3) operation of businesses, (4) when and how schools will reopen and (5) public protests and rallies. Non-compliance and litigation challenging the enforcement of such Orders and Plans focuses on complex First Amendment law.

Please join Meyers Nave constitutional law and public law litigation experts, Deborah Fox and Meg Rosequist, for a webinar on August 25 addressing the Shelter In Place and Reopening Plan litigation landscape. Deborah and Meg will address the current state of the law on these issues as well as explain the various state and local enforcement tools available and the mechanics of setting up possible enforcement. With the ever-evolving government measures being enacted to combat the novel coronavirus, this presentation will provide guidance as to the developing legal framework, practical tips and a recent case study to help navigate this new normal in the time of the coronavirus.

Date: Tuesday, August 25
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: You will receive an email with log-on instructions prior to the webinar.
Cost: Complimentary for members of the League of California Cities. $100 for non-members.
RVSP: Please click here to register on the LOCC website. Please register by 1:00 PM on August 24.
Questions: Please contact Megan Dunn at mdunn@cacities.org.