DHS Guidance Smooths Potential Wrinkles In US Supplement Industry Being ‘Essential’ Nationwide
VMS businesses are deemed essential in Department of Homeland Security guidance that provides as basis for orders by most states and localities across the US. During an AHPA webinar, attorney Trent Norris says the federal government prefers leaving business exemptions to shut-down decisions to the states.
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