Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the current rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, it is important that we all continue to monitor information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the health departments in your individual states and regions. There is a great deal of information available, and it is vital that you follow the advice of trusted professionals. 

We encourage all of our members to stay in touch with their Affiliates during this time. You can find contact information for your Affiliate on this page.

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HPBA has compiled a list of trusted resources that will provide you the most current information to assist your business during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


 

Resources:

Medical Information: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans and AssistanceSBA - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

  -SBA's website includes information about disaster loans, their 7(a) loan program (which can cover payroll and other expenses, guidance, and more)

SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): the cornerstone of the CARES Act, this program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.


NOTE: You can’t use an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and an SBA 7(a) loan for the same expenditures. You can apply for and receive funds from both, but can’t use both for, say, payroll costs. You have to use the loans for different things. 


 

Governmental Resources (in addition to SBA)

  -Department of Labor (DOL): COVID-19 and the American Workplace

  -IRS Press Release (3/20/20): Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

  -DOL COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers

  -DOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

  -DOL OSHA COVID-19 Standards and Directives

State and Local Essential Business Designations

There are numerous resources out there keeping track of state and local "essential" and "non-essential" designations and other state policies. We recommend reviewing:

  -MultiState Stay at Home Orders

  -MultiState COVID-19 Policy Tracker

  -NAHB "Stay on the Jobsite" resource outlining where construction is still allowed, and additional state resources. 

 

Other Trade Association Resources

  -National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) manufacturer-focused website page

  -National Retail Federation resources for retailers

 


 

Government Affairs Update

HPBA reached out to the hearth retailer community to find out how the COVID-19 restrictions have impacted their ability to sell EPA-certified Step 1 woodburning appliances in advance of the May 15, 2020 deadline. We’ve sent a letter to Congressional leadership requesting that relief for our retailers be included in an upcoming economic package.

 

We know that many of our members have questions about what is going on across the country and in Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HPBA is closely following the U.S. Congressional legislative response and is engaging Congressional staff on solutions specific to our industry.  Many HPBA Affiliates are also providing state-specific updates, important links, and guidance. We will be sending out a weekly email with all the updates and information from that week. We have also created an opt-in list if you would like to receive more frequent emails reporting on Federal Government actions.

 

 

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