With Russia invading Ukraine, gas prices soaring to record levels and inflation reaching heights not seen since the 1970s, the COVID coronavirus pandemic – with its infection and hospitalization rates dropping dramatically – is slowly but certainly being pushed into history. The vast majority of states have now lifted their mask mandates that in some cases have been in place for over two years. Two of the final holdouts – the states of Washington and Oregon – will finally lift their mask mandates effective at 11:59 PM tonight, March 11. Similarly, Massachusetts sent out notification to employers that its COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave program would be discontinued effective next Tuesday, March 15. The program was implemented in May of last year and allows employers to seek reimbursement for qualified sick leave costs taken between May 28, 2021 and March 15, 2022. Applications for reimbursement must be submitted by April 29, 2022. And further south, Virginia, the first state to implement workplace health and safety standards for COVID-19, appears poised to rescind its Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19 (the Permanent Standard), as soon as next Saturday, March 19. The Virgina Board of Health adopted a revocation of the standard in mid-February but that action is subject to a 30-day public comment period, a period that ends on March 19.