During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and supply are more essential now than ever.
States have free rein to declare what type of business is essential. Specific designations vary from state to state and even from city to city. Not every category is as clear cut as healthcare providers, supermarkets and pharmacies. Businesses that have been allowed to continue operation in some places include:
States disagree significantly on the definition of an “essential” business. Moreover, municipalities within a state can differ with each other on this issue. Whether you’re a business or a consumer, operating outside the law could lead to criminal charges. Rules have been changing regularly, so it’s best to check first before going out. If you’ve been accused of violating the law, it’s best to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to review your options.
James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.
About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…