The COVID-19 coronavirus is at the forefront of public concern. Information and guidance at the federal and state levels continues to evolve quickly. The attorneys at Elrod Friedman have received numerous questions from our clients concerned about the potential impact of COVID-19 on municipal operations. We recognize the complexity of preparing for and responding to this highly unusual event. To assist in that response, we offer the following information regarding sources of municipal authority to address public health emergencies, best practices for employers responding to COVID-19, and preparatory steps that we recommend all local governments take.