What is a state of emergency and what does that mean for me?

by Margaret E. Cooper, Margaret E. Cooper, LLC, mec@megcooperlaw.com

First and foremost, a state of emergency is a declaration by a state to secure money and other resources from the U.S. Government for emergency management. In the case of Coronavirus it is most likely declared to secure money aimed at supplying tests within their state. Usually the declaration speeds up the time period on getting test supplies, lab space and housing quarantine patients outside of a hospital.

States of emergency generally still allow people to move in and out of the state and do not close government facilities. The state of emergency remains in place until a governor rescinds it. In New York, Governor Cuomo has declared the state of emergency until April 6.

Does a State of Emergency affect conference-type events in a state?

Not directly, however if a state does not have access to test their constituents, then that state is more likely to cancel events because that state would not be able to predict the contagion factor for visitors.

State of Emergency (“SOE”) Stats:

# states who have declared SOE: 8 (cities and counties have declared SOE’s also)

First states to declare SOE: Washington, Florida, California

Other states who have declared SOE: Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah and Oregon

State w/ highest # of COVID-19 cases: Washington; 115

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