Author Archives: chadwick

Author Archives: chadwick

Early Lessons from the Condominium Collapse

The tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida has brought a laser focus to the community association industry, particularly issues involving evaluation of structural components and the way volunteer boards manage their communities.  While it remains too early to tell the precise reasons for the collapse and any potential misjudgments that led to […]

Virginia issues new Executive Order regarding masks and facility restrictions

By a new Executive Order 79 (“EO79) dated May 14, 2021, Governor Northam announced a number of major changes to Virginia’s COVID policy, including an elimination of almost all COVID-19 related restrictions, effective at midnight on May 28, 2021. EO79 (and the 7th amended EO72, which remains in place until May 28) also eliminated Virginia’s previous […]

DC Mayor Lifts COVID Restrictions as of May 21, Changes Mask Guidance

By Order dated May 17, 2021, the Mayor of the District of Columbia eliminated almost all COVID-19 related restrictions, effective as of 5:00am on May 21st. The Order also eliminates the DC mask mandate and introduces mask guidance that matches with recent CDC guidance that removes mask recommendations for vaccinated persons. The Order also extends […]

Virginia Governor Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate / Plans to Lift Other Restrictions on May 28th

Effective May 14, 2021, Virginia’s Governor lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate (with a few exceptions) to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Per the Governor’s press release: “The CDC guidelines state that fully-vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public […]

Virginia EO72 (7th Amendment) in effect May 15

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians, the Governor again amended his standing orders regarding the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 7th Amendment to Executive Order 72.  The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect May 15, 2021.   The main change in EO72’s 7th Amendment was increasing the outdoor gathering […]

Virginia Governor Further Loosens Phase 3 Restrictions – effective April 1

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians and infection rates decrease, the Governor has again loosened restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 4th Amendment to Executive Order 72. The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect April 1, 2021. Here is a summary  of the provisions of […]

D.C. Eases Some Phase 2 Restrictions

By Mayor’s Order dated March 17, 2021, the Mayor of the District of Columbia modified certain “Phase 2” restrictions that will go into effect at 5:00 a.m. on March 22nd.  In addition, the COVID-19 public health emergency is extended through May 20, 2021.  The complete text of Mayor’s Order 2021-038 regarding these Phase 2 modifications […]

E-Meetings of Boards and Membership Approved for Virginia Condominiums and POAs

In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, the Virginia General Assembly passed emergency legislation temporarily allowing condominium and property owners’ association boards of directors to hold meetings by electronic means during the declared state of emergency.  Under this approach, boards could meet via video-conference or other electronic means as long as unit and lot owners […]

Virginia Governor Starts to Ease Phase 3 Guidelines

Effective at midnight on Monday, March 1, 2021, Virginia will start easing a few of its Phase 3 COVID Guidelines.  According to the Governor’s press release, his amended Executive Order is in response to an encouraging decline in hospitalizations and infection rates and a continuing increase in vaccinations.  However, the Governor notes that the seven-day […]

Fair housing laws expanded to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

The federal Fair Housing laws prohibit housing discrimination based on persons being in specific “protected classes,” including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status.  These laws protect people engaged in a variety of housing-related activities, such as buying or renting a home and can also apply in the context of community associations […]

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