Posted on May 15, 2020 by firstname.lastname@example.org in Uncategorized
Gov. Walz Eases Restrictions
On May 13th, the governor announced that Minnesota’s Stay-at-Home order would be allowed to expire on May 18th. That order was replaced by a new order called “Stay Safe MN” that will go into effect May 18.
The “Stay Safe MN” order allows for social gatherings of less than 10 people and the reopening of stores, malls and other non-essential small businesses if those businesses can follow social distancing guidelines.
Walz said he expects to have a similar set of guidelines in place for bars, restaurants, salons and barbershops to allow those businesses to reopen June 1. That plan will be presented to the public no later than May 20.
More Help on the Way?
On May 12th, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released a proposal for the next phase of major COVID-19 relief legislation – the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.
Following are notable provisions, among many, that may be relevant to the automotive industry:
Elements of this package will obviously require reconciliation with the Republican-controlled Senate and White House. We’ll keep you posted as negotiations progress.
PPP Fact Sheet Updated
On May 13th, the Department of Treasury issued another update to the fact sheet for the Payroll Protection program. It can be found here.
Of note to AASP-MN members is the SBA’s statement that it would presume everyone who borrowed $2 million or less to have done so in good faith. This appears to be in response to recent warnings about applicants’ need to certify in good faith that their PPP loan request is necessary.
Additional Guidance from the CDC
The CDC has updated Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. Click here for details.
Changes as of May 6, 2020, include:
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