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Illinois Government Responses to COVID-19 – Updated 4/2/2020

April 2, 2020

Today’s update explains an important addition to the stay-at-home order extended by Executive Order to the end of April 2020, the Governor’s current thoughts on a travel ban, and an additional Executive Order related to liability for injuries sustained when being treated for COVID-19.

EMERGENCY MEASURES

The Governor has signed a number of Executive Orders since the COVID-19 outbreak began.  In these unprecedented times, the Governor has issued more Executive Orders than other recent Illinois governors issued in their entire term of office. For access to each of the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/government/executive-orders.

On April 1, 2020, the Governor extended the stay-at-home order, as reported here previously.  While the extended order contains the same provisions as the original order, it also includes a new provision prohibiting any price increases for any medical equipment, medicines, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

PERSONAL LIBERTY

Those concerned about personal liberty will find comfort in the Governor’s announcement concerning travel bans.  As of April 1, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that he has no plans to invoke a travel ban. In particular, he does not plan to prevent residents of Illinois from leaving the state, nor does he plan to ban residents of other states from entering Illinois.

HEALTH CARE

 On April 1, 2020, the Governor issued an Executive Order declaring Health Care Facilities, Health Care Professionals, and Health Care Volunteers immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been caused by any act or omission that occurred in response to the COVID-19 outbreak unless it is established that such injury or death was caused by gross negligence or willful misconduct. Additionally, the order calls for the postponement or cancellation of elective surgeries. Postponing or canceling elective surgeries will provide additional space in healthcare facilities needed for COVID-19 patients, as well as allow more doctors and nurses to tend to those affected by the virus. For more information, read the Executive Order at https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-19.aspx.

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.