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Massachusetts Statewide Essential Services and Revised Gathering Order: What Employers Need to Know

Massachusetts issued a revised Essential Services and Revised Gatherings Order that goes into effect at noon on March 24, 2020.  The Order is set forth here.  The Order requires that all businesses and organizations that do NOT provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” are to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public from Tuesday March 24, 2020 at noon until Tuesday April 7, 2020 at noon.

The Order generally identifies 14 business sectors that are “COVID-19 Essential Services” that may continue operations:

  • Healthcare, public health and human services
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Public works
  • Communications and information technology
  • Community-based essential functions and government operations
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical
  • Defense industry
  • A non-exhaustive list of types of businesses and workers is detailed by category here.

A business that believes it is essential, or believes it is providing essential services or functions, may request to be designated as an essential business by completing this form.  Businesses not on the list are encouraged to continue operating remotely.

Restaurants, bars, and other retail establishments that sell food and beverage products may operate for take-out and delivery, so long as they comply with the Department of Public Health’s social distancing guidance.  Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, with exceptions for certain outdoor areas.

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About this Author

Kelly L. Hensley Labor & Employment Attorney Sheppard Mullin Los Angeles, CA

Kelly Hensley is a partner in the Los Angeles office and is Leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. She specializes in labor and employment counseling and wage and hour matters.

Areas of Practice

Compliance Audits.  Ms. Hensley regularly conducts wage-hour and HR-related compliance audits for companies of all sizes.  Ms. Hensley helps clients create compliance programs designed to meet state and federal requirements. 


Michael T. Campbell, Sheppard Mullin law firm, Los Angeles Lawyer, Labor and Employment Matters Attorney

Michael Campbell is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Century City office. 

Mr. Campbell represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.  He has experience with both class action and single-plaintiff matters.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Campbell represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation in defense of complaints about class action and single-plaintiff matters in both court and arbitration. He has successfully litigated and obtained a complete defense award in a multi-plaintiff arbitration, obtained summary judgment in court, as well as favorably resolved cases involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He also has experience with both class action and single-plaintiff wage and hour matters involving claims relating to overtime, meal periods and rest breaks, misclassification, inaccurate wage statements, and other derivative claims.

Mr. Campbell has successfully drafted and argued motions, including demurrers, discovery motions, and motions for summary judgment. He has also defended and taken depositions, prepared witnesses for deposition, and conducted witness interviews. He has experience with all aspects of civil litigation defense from case inception through arbitration.

Mr. Campbell represents employers in a variety of industries including financial services, banking, retail, healthcare, restaurant, manufacturing, and entertainment.