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The latest on the COVID-19 outbreak

It is important to PIA that you are updated on developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak regularly.

To find the latest information about COVID-19, please review this news posting daily. Postings include topics such as:

Business & Compliance

Insurance Industry

General Information

Webinars & Videos

Latest news about COVID-19 in Vermont:

Business & Compliance:

April 3: Gov. Phil Scott confirms April 15 expiration date for all previously closed in-person business operations

April 2: Looking for more information on paid medical, family and sick leave? PIA members can access QS91012FFCRA paid medical and family leave, and QS91013Additional information about paid medical, family and sick leave questions in the PIA QuickSource library.

April 2: Start applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan Friday, April 3

April 1: How to prepare for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan

March 27: President signs federal stimulus package; includes loans for small businesses

March 26: Who qualifies for paid leave under the new coronavirus law

March 25: Nonessential businesses must close in-person operations today by 5 p.m.

March 23: Treasury, IRS, and Labor announce tax credits for small- and mid-sized businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave

March 23: Mass. governor orders all nonessential businesses to cease in-person operation, directs the Department of Public Health to issue stay-at-home advisory for two weeks

March 21: Gov. Phil Scott announces new COVID-19 community mitigation measures - directs the closure of close-contact businesses and further restricts the size of mass gatherings to 10 or less

March 20: Economic injury disaster loans available to Vermont businesses

March 20: U.S. Treasury extends tax-filing deadline for taxpayers and businesses

March 20: Governor signs executive order to allow limited sales of to-go alcohol

March 19: Paid sick leave signed by president

March 18: Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

March 17: Gov. Phil Scott orders implementation of child care system for personnel essential to COVID-19 response—childcare centers closed; urged to provide care for children of Vermonters responding to crisis

March 17: If you do business in New York: Cyber security certification of compliance filing deadline extended to May 30 due to COVID-19

March 16: Gov. Phil Scott announces new guidance on COVID-19 community mitigation measures, including that all bars and restaurants must close or offer takeout only

March 10: Utica National offers coronavirus guidance for employers, and educational institutions

March 3: Endorsements: COVID-19 risk management

Insurance Industry:

April 3: Travelers’ ’Distribution Support Plan’ to provide financial assistance to agents and brokers

April 3: Insurance producers required to provide notice to N.Y. policyholders by April 13, 2020

March 31: PIA National proposes COVID-19 recovery fund

March 27: PIA National statement on House passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 27: Insurance deemed nonessential in Vermont

March 27: Insurance an essential industry for ’Stay-at-Home’ order

March 27: PIA National statement on Senate passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 20: Utica National offers advices on the COVID-19 pandemic: How agents and producers should respond to coverage questions

March 19: Vermont DFR urges health insurers to expand coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services

March 19: Even during challenging times, we are committed to our members

March 16: Insurance bulletin #210: COVID-19 prescription drug refills

March 16: Letter from Commissioner Pieciak

March 16: Statement on financial institutions working with customers affected by the coronavirus and regulatory assistance

March 12: COVID-19 and what it means to you (PIA QuickSource document)

March 12: Insurers impacted by coronavirus twice over

March 11: Vermont House passes telehealth bill; H.723

March 11: Update from PIAVT: Vermont leaders take caution; COVID-19 presumed in state

March 6: Update from PIA: COVID-19 outbreak

Feb. 4: Many coverages exclusions with coronavirus

General Information:

April 7: COVID-19 update from Vermont Department of Health

April 7: Gov. Phil Scott submits requests for federal disaster declaration

March 31: Health regulation regarding COVID-19 and telemedicine

March 20: Attorney general’s office publishes guidance on complying with open meeting laws during COVID-19 emergency

March 20: Vermont DMV operations continuity plan

March 20: Vermont DMV makes exceptions for driving education amid pandemic

March 20: Vermont DMV urges Vermonters to renew licenses and registrations online; grants 90-day extension to renewals if necessary

March 17: Congress begins to address COVID-19 pandemic

March 17: One dangerous coronavirus "self-check test" is circulating on social media. Here’s why you should avoid it.

March 16: Welch says coronavirus crisis is unprecedented

March 15: Gov. Scott orders orderly closure of Vermont preK-12 schools this week

March 13: Gov. Phil Scott declares state of emergency to implement new COVID-19 community mitigation measures

March 13: Trump declares a national emergency in response to coronavirus

March 13: U.S. House plans to vote on virus bill soon

March 13: Federal government’s response to coronavirus, COVID-19

March 11: ‘How do I get tested?’ and other coronavirus questions

March 11: COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization says

March 10: Gov. Phil Scott orders activation of State Emergency Operations Center

March 9: Coronavirus will cost businesses billions. Insurance may not help.

Webinars & Videos:

April 7: The Break: Business Interruption

April 7: The Break: New York Moratorium

April 2: The Break: Paycheck Protection Loan

April 1: The Break: Paid Medical and Family Leave

April 1: PIA Northeast Director of Government & Industry Affairs Bradford J. Lachut, Esq., to lead PIA webinar, Coronavirus and Commercial Coverage on Monday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 6, from 10-11 a.m.

March 31: The Break: PIA explains what small businesses need to know about the federal stimulus

March 23: Did you miss the free-to-PIA-members Webinar: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Right Now? You can access it on-demand now.