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COVID19 Resources

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Industry Call Recordings

March 20, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/vpQvce2r-Gk3T4WTsQSDBqd_W9W0L62s0SFKq_MFzBmwVnELY1KjbuEaZ-MHpr2rSg4vODjHDoj1Aw0U?continueMode=true

March 24, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/78Ikcb-vrG83T9LBtwSDUKd5W9TsLv6sgSZL_fcFmhqyU3hRMwGuMuBHNrZ4GFWRDBQ00_olW_DJ5g7S?continueMode=true

March 27, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/ucF_cuv7qWk3G9yd4QSDBvQoW9W0Kq-s0iAd-_QLmR3hWnYCYVWjZ7dBMbauET-V3x1iSv_bUjCuOmR1?continueMode=true

March 31, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/78Yvce6v_TM3Tt2duASDVqVwW47pfKisgHAc_fVYnhm2B3NSZAKlZbUQZbcmKfA21qz1ox7V3DT3smDt?continueMode=true

April 3, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/vpN_f-iuqzs3H9yRuASDU_B6W9XsKa2s13VI8vMPz0rhBSQEYQCnY-EaN-Qqp_KWx5nByCbVBchXaqeb?continueMode=true

 April 7, 2020: https://zoom.us/rec/play/vpUsce6prW83TNyc5ASDAPUtW42-eP2sgyUY_6UJzRmxU3EKZlH1MONBMbNIfxogFx00qcfpOx9BsJ3a?continueMode=true

Documents you Need

Critical Industry Employee Authorization to Travel Regardless of the Time of Day (Template Attached)

SBA Loan Application PPP - Version 4 (April 3, 2020) - Attached

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Click here for poster that must posted and available for all employees.

Delivery Report (attached)

Delivery Permit application (attached)

Sales & Use Tax Hardship Filing Waiver (attached)

OSHA Guidelines for Sanitation in the Workplace (attached

OSHA has issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer can implement to protect workers' safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic. The new poster is available for download in English and Spanish.


Marketing

What to do immediately to help save you, tourism industry, and downtown businesses. Click here.

  • We are proud to see the Virginia wineries are adapting and overcoming this challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of you to close your doors but you’ve skillfully pivoted to continue serving wine lovers. To best serve you, we ask that you complete this survey so we are able to communicate your winery’s promotions with the public. These promotions will be live on the Virginia Wine website. Once the site is live, we will share it with the entire industry. Additions and changes will be allowed after the site is live. Find the survey here.

COVID-19: Industry Response Toolkit - (Click here)
Virginia Tourism is working closely with the U.S. Travel Association, the Office of the Governor, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies to provide the most up-to-date information to our industry partners, and to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of our citizens and visitors.

To add/update listings on the virginiawine.org/pages/togetherhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RYXLSZM

Information and tips on virtual events: https://bit.ly/3aSavOY

Register for the Digital Marketing Webinar Wed at 10:30: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1Akt9D0LTA-iixOP5B2rjA

PR Example: 
https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_sta/open-forum-virginia-farm-wineries-love-them-or-lose-them/article_57384d1e-e959-5414-8819-200abc2eddda.html


Governor of Virginia

March 30, 2020: Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): click here for Executive Order 55

March 23, 2020: Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools
Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people: click here for the announcement and here for the full Executive Order

Businesses must adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including  CDC, OSHA, and the  Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

All dining and congregation areas in the following establishments must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. These establishments may continue to offer delivery and/or takeout services. Establishments include:

  • Restaurants;
  • Dining establishments;
  • Food courts;
  • Farmers markets;
  • Breweries;
  • Microbreweries;
  • Distilleries;
  • Wineries; and
  • Tasting rooms.

March 17, 2020: Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit:  click here


VADCS

Guidance on 10 patron limit applicable to wineries/breweries

Click here.


TTB

Tips for Timely Processing of TTB Approvals & Requests During COVID-19: click here


Tax - State and Federal

Virginia - Request Extension of Sales Tax Deadlines

Federal - Tax Deadline Moved to July 15th


USPS

Service Alert - The United States Postal Service issued a Service Alert yesterday noting that mail deliver is an essential service and that “The CDC, the World Health Organization, and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.” 


SBA

Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (HERE)

Today, as part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to COVID-19.


Centers for Disease Control

Signage: click here

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations: click here

CDC directive on grocery store employee testing positive - requirements on stores

  • What should you do as an employer ?: click here.
  • What to do if an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 ?: click here
  • COVID-19 and food safety/safe food products ?: click here.  

Department of Health Resources for Businesses 


U.S. Department of Labor

April 3, 2020: DOL Issues Paid Leave Implementation Rule for Employers with Fewer than 500 Employees (HERE)

Yesterday, DOL announced a temporary rule to implement the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The regulations were effective April 1, 2020, and the provisions apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees. The rule lays out three circumstances that would exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from the new leave requirements, and more details can be found on the DOL resource page here .

Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

Wages, Hours and Leave

The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities

NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.

The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

Learn how to file for unemployment insurance benefits.

Support for Dislocated Workers and States

The Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants to help states, territories, and tribal governments respond to the workforce-related impacts of COVID-19.

Supporting Workforce Needs in the Agricultural Sector

The U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a partnership to facilitate the identification of domestic and foreign workers that may be available to fulfill critical U.S. agricultural sector workforce needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News

General Resources

For further information about coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus website.


National Retail Federation

Coronavirus Resources for Retailers


Hunton Andrews Kurth : Labor Issues

  • COVID-19, How Do Furloughs Affect Non-Immigrant Workers? click here
  • Workers Compensation, Insurance and COVID-19: click here
  • Coronavirus Response Bill Passes House, Would Provide Paid Leave, Expand FMLA for Certain Employees: click here

 


Federation of Employers & Workers of America

April 2, 2020 - Release of Additional Visas:You may have heard recent rumors on twitter or through other sources that supplemental visas were going to be released imminently.  I am sorry to  report but these rumors are not true.  As the previous FEWA alert stated, H-2B cap relief is delayed due to COVID-19.  To further confirm this, DHS tweeted the following message today.



President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread. Guidelines can be found below.


The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread (graphic)


1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.


2. If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.


3.  If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.


4.  If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.

 

5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.


6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.


7.  Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  •  If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Below please find the latest COVID-19 update from the White House Office of Public Liaison.

  • White House Office of Public Liaison COVID-19 Update

    ·       President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Tourism Industry Executives ( VIDEO, REMARKS)

    ·       President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing ( VIDEO, REMARKS)

    ·       1600 Daily: 24 Hours of All-American Teamwork ( HERE)

    ·       What is Social Distancing? (VIDEO)

    There are a few issues we wanted to make sure to clarify for NRF members –

    ·       Cargo from the EU is NOT impacted by the travel restrictions.  The President issued a tweet after his address to state that the restriction “stops people not goods.”  The proclamation itself makes it clear that commerce will continue to flow.

    ·       The travel restriction only applies to foreign nationals from the EU countries.  It does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.  A copy of a statement from DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf can be viewed here.


    In addition to the President’s travel restriction announcement, the Department of State did issue a Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel which advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.


    In his address, the President also outlined a number of additional initiatives he will be seeking the following actions to help those who have been affected:

    ·       A call for a $50 billion increase to the Small Business Administration’s program to provide to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus;

    ·       Instruct the Treasury Department to defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted; and

    ·       Call on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief.


    The House of Representatives is set to vote on a legislative package today introduced by the Democratic Leadership, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  You can view a one pager and summary and additional informationhere.


    As the debate begins on a potential coronavirus economic stimulus package, NRF has shared a proposal with the administration and Congressional leaders for what actions would help the retail industry.  These include:

    ·       Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)

    ·       Employee Retention Tax Credit

    ·       Payroll Tax Relief

    ·       Net Operating Loss (NOL) Carryback

    ·       Suspend China Tariffs

    ·       Preserving flexibility and incentivize voluntary expansion of paid sick leave

    ·       Unemployment insurance

    ·       Risk Insurance

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