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The Most Important Thing Any Association Does

By Brad M. Barna I will often ask clients what they think is the most important thing that common interest community associations do. Many will say maintaining desirability via maintenance of common areas. Others will say the provision of amenities is most important or that the protection of a common aesthetic by regulating architectural design […]

DC Enters Phase 2 Reopening

On June 19, the Mayor’s office announced that the District of Columbia would enter “Phase 2” of the reopening process and released guidance that was immensely more detailed than the Phase One guidelines.  Under Phase 2, which starts on June 22, community associations may open their pools and fitness facilities, but with a variety of […]

Community Associations and Virginia’s Phase 3 Reopening (updated 7/1/20)

Updated 7/1/2020 Phase 3 Reopening.  The Governor has confirmed that effective July 1 (and continuing until further notice), the Commonwealth will enter Phase 3 of its planned gradual reopening process.  Here is a link to the Governor’s Executive Order. Based on the Governor’s published guidance (“Safer at Home: Phase Three”), while most of the Phase 2 […]

D.C. Enters Phase 1 Reopening [updated 6/11/20]

DC’s “Reopening” – Phase 1 Summary Updated 6/11/2020 Per the Mayor’s Order 2020-067 (“Phase 1 Order”), DC entered “Phase 1” of it reopening process as of Friday, May 29th.  That Order will remain in effect no later than July 24, 2020 – a date for Phase 2 reopening has not yet been announced.  Below are […]

Community Associations and Virginia’s “Phase 2” Executive Order [updated 6/10]

Governor’s EO61 (Third Amendment) and EO65 – “Phase 2” reopening to begin June 5 for most of Virginia, with NoVA and the City of Richmond following on June 12 Updated 6/10/2020 EO61/EO65 – Phase Two Re-Opening.  Effective June 5, most of the Commonwealth will begin “Phase Two” of its planned gradual reopening of certain businesses […]

Virginia Community Associations and Governor’s Face Covering Order [5/28/20]

FAQs: Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (EO63) on Face Coverings Inside Buildings 5/28/20 On May 26, 2020, Governor Northam issued Executive Order No. 63.  Noting that the virus that causes COVID19 remains an ongoing threat as Virginia “reopens” its businesses, EO63 sets forth requirements for Virginians to wear CDC-recommended cloth face coverings in certain circumstances outside […]

DC “ReOpen” recommendations

“ReOpen DC” Recommendations On May 21, the DC Mayor released the recommendations of the “ReOpen DC Advisory Group.”  The Advisory Group’s recommendations suggest that “Stage 1” of the DC reopen plan may begin as soon as May 29, depending on whether the DC’s coronavirus infection rate continues to flatten and whether Mayor authorizes that date.  […]

DC Mayor’s COVID19 Stay-at-Home Order – extended to June 8 [updated 5/13/2020]

Order also addresses masks and required signage Updated 5/13/20 To fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, D.C. Mayor Bowser issued Order 2020-053 closing non-essential businesses in Washington D.C.  In addition, on March 30, the Mayor issued Order 2020-054, a “Stay at Home” Order, providing that residents of the District should stay at home but may […]

Community Associations and Virginia’s COVID-19 Executive Orders [updated 5/28/20]

Governor’s EO61 and EO62 – “Phase 1” reopening began May 16 for most of Virginia and May 29 for NoVA, Richmond and Accomack. Updated 5/28/2020 EO61/EO62 – Phase One Re-Opening.  Effective on May 16 and continuing through June 10 (subject to change), most of the Commonwealth began “Phase One” of its planned gradual reopening of […]

Virginia Adopts Emergency Legislation Allowing Virtual Board Meetings

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Virginia General Assembly Passes Legislation Authorizing 100% “Virtual” Board Meetings During Emergencies Updated 4/27/20 – Virginia Governor has signed the legislation As we all know, it has been a challenge for community association boards to hold meetings during the COVID pandemic.  Under the existing requirements of Virginia’s Property Owners’ Association and Condominium Acts, […]

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