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UPDATE: DE, LA, and OH Include Auto Repair as Essential Businesses

Delaware Governor John Carney announced a stay at home order and a list of all essential and non-essential businesses. The list includes automotive repair and maintenance.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards both announced stay at home orders as well, and cite the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum, which includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.

To view the Executive Order from Delaware, click here.

 

To view the Executive Order from Ohio, click here.

 

To view the Executive Order from Louisiana, click here.

UPDATE: CT and NV Governor’s Stay at Home Order

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont both announced stay at home orders for their states.

In the Governor Sisolaks’ Executive Order under Section 7, states that “This directive shall not be construed to hinder the ability of the industries identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum.” The memorandum includes automotive repair maintenance facilities as recommended essential critical infrastructure workforce.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also cites the DHS Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce memorandum as the minimum.

To read the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memorandum, click here.

 

To read the full Executive Order from NV Governor Sisolak, click here.

 

To read the full Executive Order from CT Governor Lamont, click here.

UPDATE: IL Stay at Home Order

Yesterday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay at home order during a press conference. In an Executive Order, Governor Pritzker states that “All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses Operations.”

Governor Pritzker outlines “gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities” as essential businesses and operations.

To read the full Executive Order, click here.

Updated List of States Approved for SBA Disaster Relief

UPDATE:

States approved for U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans to date are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

The Small Business Administration has said it will work directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. SBA has also updated the criteria for obtaining disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Under the revised criteria, “disaster assistance loans will be available statewide following an economic injury declaration. This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.”

CA Governor Announces Stay at Home Order

UPDATE:

Last night, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a stay at home order throughout the state of California except for essential needs as part of the states COVID19 response.

“The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.”

To read the press release, click here.

To read the full Executive Order, click here.

 

U.S. DHS CISA Includes Automotive Repair and Maintenance Facilities in Recommended Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Recommendations

UPDATE:

“As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:

“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.”

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s responsibilities as assigned under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide strategic guidance, promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. CISA uses trusted partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver infrastructure resilience assistance and guidance to a broad range of partners.”

To read the full document, click here.

NHTSA Issues NPRM for Occupant Protection for Automated Driving Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) on occupant protection for automated driving systems. Per NHTSA, the proposal aims “to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual controls.”

To see the press release from NHTSA, click here.

To see the NPRM, click here.

ASA Signs onto Letter to NGA

The Automotive Service Association, joined other automotive service providers and suppliers, in signing onto a letter addressed to Bill McBride, Executive Director of the National Governors Association, stressing the impact of COVID19 on small businesses.

The letter urges Mr. McBride to “urge your members to take immediate action to obtain an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for their states so that suffering small businesses can have access to Small Business Administration disaster support.”

To read the NGA Economic Disaster Declaration Letter, click here.

ASA Signs on to COVID-19 Disaster Relief Coalition Letter

On Friday, the Automotive Service Association signed on to a letter to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) requesting COVID-19 disaster relief to small businesses and their employees where the core functions of the business cannot switch to remote operation.

To read the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Request Coalition Letter click here.

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