EXPANSION OF TRAVEL BAN
Today the President announced an extension of the ban on travel from Europe to the UK and Ireland effective at midnight EST on Monday night. He said that Americans and legal residents abroad in those countries can return home. There is guidance and assistance for business travel as well as for air cargo which is exempted from this ban which are linked below in addition to this Link to Rules for Such Travel
Future bans including on domestic travel were not ruled out.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM TODAY'S WHITE HOUSE PRESSER
The President Announced that he had his temperature taken and that he had taken a COVID-19 test last night and did not have the results.
The President was also asked about domestic travel restrictions that might be coming and he said all things were being considered.
HOUSE PASSES RELIEF PACKAGE AND PASSES IT TO THE SENATE
Last night, the House passed a sweeping coronavirus relief package with a 363-40 vote after President Trump
endorsed the deal Friday evening on Twitter, prior to its vote in the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cancelled the chamber's planned recess
to take up the package next week.
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
- Two weeks of guaranteed paid sick leave, as well as increased family leave.
- Increased support for unemployment benefits.
- Works to strengthen programs that provide school lunches for students who rely on them.
- A bump in Medicaid funding.
CORONAVIRUS ACTIONS FROM YESTERDAY
The President announced national emergency declaration yesterday which would invoke the Stafford Act to allow states to receive $50 billion of additional funding for their state declared emergencies. He also allowed states to utilize their own tests and testing,
speeding up the testing process. The first such waiver was for the state of New York. This is an effort to address a critical problem, as no community has sufficient test kits resulting in the only solution being to shut down businesses to avoid greater virus infections. Increased testing allows health care officials to focus attention on key hot areas.
On Thursday, he released details of the Small Business Loan program
that will be available for companies and not for profits impacted by the pandemic. In particular the small business loans may be a bridge for companies devastated by the impact of the virus to get by. Michael Best Strategies is well positioned to advise and assist with this program.
We will keep you apprised as more details become available. Another news conference is expected on Sunday evening, March 15. Please let any of our team known if we can advise on best practices or assist in anyway in dealing with the business of this crisis.