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The latest on the COVID-19 pandemic

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. Posting topics such as:

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Latest news about COVID-19 in New Hampshire:

Business & Compliance:

July 19: Canadian border to open to vaccinated Americans starting Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

July 8: The facts behind today’s unemployment numbers

June 10: $100 million in tax relief: Gov. Sununu signs S.B.3 into law

May 7: Gov. Sununu extends the state emergency another 21 days

May 5: Gov. Sununu sends two letters to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, requesting additional flexibility funds allocated to New Hampshire for emergency rental assistance; and requesting a waiver to any requirement that the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery treat more than 50% of PPP payments as revenue in determining what organizations must return part or all of their grants under the state’s 2020 Main Street Relief program.

April 16: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

April 15: Gov. Chris Sununu announces statewide mask mandate to expire tomorrow

March 26: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency 21 days

March 15: Gov. Sununu announces launch of New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 10: Alert: How to avoid COVID-19 vaccination scams

March 5: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency again

March 1: Gov. Chris Sununu raises alarm over blue state bailout bill

Feb. 16: New Hampshire to receive $20 million for child care programs

Feb. 12: Gov. Sununu extends the state of emergency again

Feb. 12: Gov. Sununu lifts New Hampshire’s hiring freeze

Feb. 5: Paycheck Protection Program returns

Jan. 15, 2021: Mask mandate extended through Friday, March 26, 2021

Dec. 30: The federal stimulus extensions for PPP, unemployment and FFCRA tax credits

Nov. 12: New Hampshire COVID-19 employer travel, screening and exclusion guidance

Oct. 16: New Hampshire to challenge Massachusetts’ taxation of New Hampshire remote workers in U.S. Supreme Court

Oct. 1: U.S. Senate halts PPP

Sept. 9: Gov. Chris Sununu signs emergency order adjusting unemployment benefits for New Hampshire residents adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Aug. 11: Gov. Chris Sununu signs emergency order requiring face coverings for certain scheduled gatherings of 100 or more individuals

July 17: Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes H.B.1166

July 10: Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed H.B.1247, relative to mortgage defaults and nonpayment of rent during the novel coronavirus disease outbreak state of emergency

July 6: U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey (updated weekly)

June 15: Gov. Sununu issues Emergency Order #52, regarding public health guidance for business operations and advising Granite Staters that they are safer at home.

June 11: Gov. Sununu signs executive order allowing landlords to evict tenants for nonpayment starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

June 11: Gov. Sununu releases additional reopening guidelines, announces expiration of Stay at Home order

June 5: Paycheck Protection Program requirements amended

May 19: Gov. Sununu adds Exhibit H to Emergency Order #29: Modifications applicable to all OPLC licensed professionals

May 15: Gov. Chris Sununu announces $595 million in COVID-19 recovery funds

May 15: Gov. Sununu announces relief program for businesses

May 13: Gov. Chris Sununu letter to Attorney General MacDonald approving coronavirus emergency supplemental funding program grant applications

May 1: Gov. Chris Sununu announces Stay at Home 2.0

May 1: Gov. Chris Sununu issues Emergency Order 40

April 23: Gov. Chris Sununu letter to New Hampshire Business and Industry Association President Jim Roche

April 21: Gov. Chris Sununu announces Governor’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force, first meeting scheduled for tomorrow

April 8: Attorney general’s COVID-19 scam alert: Stimulus payments

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 24: New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affair offers COVID-19 resources

March 23: Gov. Sununo issues Emergency Order 11 granting temporary authority for remote, online notorization

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. Chris Sununu issues emergency order in response to COVID-19

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

March 20: Sununu signs emergency order to offer financial support to health care system

March 19: Paid sick leave signed by president

March 18: SBA declaration: approved

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

March 18: Executive actions in response to COVID-19

March 17: Gov. Sununu issues three emergency orders to provide relief

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: State takes steps to limit COVID-19 spread

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

March 13: Update: Information regarding COVID-19 and March 2020 town meetings and business sessions

March 12: Gov. Sununu’s letter to Senate President Soucy and House Speaker Shurtleff

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

March 4: Gov. Chris Sununu statement on initial federal funding to combat coronavirus outbreak

March 3, 2020: Endorsements: COVID-19 risk management

Insurance Industry:

Jan. 31, 2022: NHID issues information sheet regarding implementation of at-home COVID-19 testing reimbursement mandate

Nov. 3: PIA will not support reintroduced future pandemic legislation

April 9: NHID provides FAQ guidance to consumers on the insurance provisions of the American Rescue Plan

March 24, 2021: NHID provides guidance to consumers on newly extended special enrollment period and insurance provisions in American Rescue Plan

Oct. 8: Third party administrator on-site audits

Oct. 7: Title 37 financial regulation filing requirements through Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct. 6: NAIC survey: Nearly half of consumers don’t understand how their health insurance would pay for coronavirus testing and treatment

June 22: U.S. insurers eye Legionnaires’ disease safeguards as buildings reopen from pandemic shutdowns

June 17: Gov. Sununu signs Emergency Order #53: Ensuring workers’ compensation coverage for New Hampshire first responders exposed to COVID-19

May 14: NHID bulletin: One-month extension of insurance producer license renewal deadline for all renewals originally due Sunday, May 31, 2020

May 13: Insurance producers licensed in N.J.: DOBI bulletin requires insurers to provide premium relief

May 5: NCCI provides premium relief for policyholders affected by COVID-19

April 28: Timely, accurate and complete claim reporting: Ensure that your agency is prepared to handle incoming COVID-19-related claims

April 24: PIA National praises House passage of bill to add funds to CARES act programs

April 16: PIA National opposes business interruption legislation

April 14: AAIS COVID-19 pandemic resource center

April 10: Information for N.H. residents who have employer-sponsored life insurance plans

April 9: Major medical health insurers in New Hampshire waive the cost of COVID-19 treatment

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

April 2: New Hampshire getting another $147M from virus aid package

April 1: NHID extends producer license renewal dates

March 31: PIA National proposes COVID-19 recovery fund

March 30: NHID Bulletin: Extension of insurance producer license renewal deadlines

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

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 24: NHID issues guidance on Title 37, P/C signature requirements during COVID-19 pandemic

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

March 19: Information for N.H. residents who have recently lost their employer sponsored health insurance

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

March 18: NHID moves Section 1332 waiver public hearings to online format

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

March 12: Insurers impacted by coronavirus twice over

March 10: Insurance Commissioner Nicolopoulos orders health insurers to cover services associated with testing for COVID-19

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

March 6: Update from PIA: COVID-19 outbreak

Feb. 4, 2020: Many coverage exclusions with coronavirus

General Information:

Feb. 8: Gov. Chris Sununu letter to U.S. Treasury Department regarding Emergency Rental Assistance flexibility

Jan. 3: Feds announce delay in monoclonal antibody teams

Jan. 3, 2022: Over 6,000 Granite Staters sign up for Booster Blitz appointments

Dec. 30: N.H. set to receive Department of Defense deployment team

Dec. 29: New Hampshire to receive three FEMA monoclonal antibody teams at beginning of new year

Dec. 7: New Hampshire opens fixed vaccination sites

Dec. 1: Booster Blitz ahead: Registration open for COVID-19 booster sites

Oct. 8: Gov. Sununu statement on AG memo

April 13: State pauses J&J vaccine, won’t slow down successful roll out

April 8: Additional J&J appointments available this Sunday

April 5: New Hampshire to host third mass vaccination site this weekend

April 2: Gov. Chris Sununu issues Emergency Order 89, requiring school districts to offer students the option of classroom learning, hybrid learning or distance learning unless granted permission to go fully remote as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak. The school districts have 48 hours of remote learning to seek approval.

March 31: N.H. expands eligibility, additional 35,000+ Granite Staters schedule appointments

March 29: N.H. first state to open eligibility for 40+ with successful registration day?

March 23: New Hampshire to host second mass vaccination site this weekend

March 18: N.H. veterans homes Infection Control Assessment and Response report released

March 16: State of New Hampshire to launch VINI, begin Phase 2A scheduling

March 2: Gov. Sununu issues emergency order allowing retired health care workers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine

Feb. 25: Gov. Sununu announces the New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Feb. 19: Gov. Sununu signs back-to-school emergency order

Feb. 3: Biden’s CDC director agrees with Gov. Sununu that schools can reopen safely

Jan. 29: Joint statement from local governors on extending the suspension of interstate youth hockey

Jan. 25: Nearly 200,000 Granite Staters sign up for vaccination

Jan. 22: Gov. Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

Jan. 19: Phase 1B vaccination scheduling to begin Friday

Jan. 1, 2021: Gov. Sununu extends the state of emergency again

Dec. 31: Gov. Sununu signs executive order authorizing certain military service members and emergency medical technicians to obtain temporary licensure as a licensed nursing assistant, as part of the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19

Dec. 30: 2021 outdoor inaugural ceremony canceled amid ongoing public safety concerns

Dec. 30: Joint statement from local governors on extending the suspension of interstate youth hockey

Dec. 28: 13 vaccination sites to open to first responders, ambulatory care providers

Dec. 22: PIA praises House, Senate passage of coronavirus relief

Dec. 15: First COVID-19 vaccine administered in New Hampshire

Dec. 11: Congress struggles to pass coronavirus relief package

Dec. 11: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

Dec. 8: Gov. Chris Sununu joins fellow governors in urging new COVID relief package from Congress

Nov. 20: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

Nov. 19: Gov. Chris Sununu issues statewide mask mandate

Nov. 18: Gov. Chris Sununu’s letter to President Donald J. Trump regarding authorizing Title 32 status for New Hampshire National Guard

Nov. 12: New Hampshire COVID-19 travel guidance

Oct. 30: Gov. Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

Oct. 9: Gov. Sununu extends the state of emergency another 21 days

Oct. 2: Ski area guidance released

Sept. 30: Gov. Chris Sununu extends the state of emergency until Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

Sept. 3: Gov. Sununu announces state is establishing verification program for remote learning

Aug. 28: Gov. Chris Sununu extends state of emergency

Aug. 13: Gov. Chris sununu signs Executive Order #64, Executive Order #65, and Exhibit P to Executive Order #29, which extends the requirement that?school districts?must follow federal and state law special education requirements to ensure equal service to students and allow in-person instruction if needed for the duration of the state of emergency; decrees that violations of any emergency order, rule or regulation issued under the state of emergency could result in a misdemeanor charge; and modifies the education law to allow for distance education and removes requirement that 80% of students participate in a day, for that day to count as a school day, respectively.

Aug. 6: Gov.?Chris Sununu signs Executive Order #62, an order protecting pre-existing nonconforming use status for summer camps unable to operate due to COVID-19 during the summer of 2020

July 31: Gov. Sununu’s message regarding S.B. 7

July 15: Gov. Chris Sununu’s letter to President Donald J. Trump regarding additional extension of Title 32 through Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, to retain up to 400 New Hampshire National Guard personnel to assist the state in responding to COVID-19

July 10: Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes H.B.1672, relative to absentee voting

July 10: Gov. Chris Sununu signed H.B.1129, relative to notice requirements for certain municipal public hearings

June 26: Fifth extension of State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-14

June 17: DCYF: Data moving in right direction

June 10: New Hampshire marks 100 days in the fight against COVID-19

June 5: Gov. Chris Sununu issues Executive Order 2020-10: fourth extension of state of emergency declaration

May 22: Gov. Chris Sununu issues two emergency orders, exhibit I to Emergency Order 29

May 14: Gov. Chris Sununu issues Emergency Order #43, Exhibit G to Emergecy Order #29: pertains to changing party affiliation

April 16: Gov. Chris Sununu letter to education leaders

April 15: Gov. Chris Sununu letter to Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi regarding federal aid to independent restaurants, paycheck protection program

April 10: Secretary of State Gardner, Attorney General MacDonald release COVID-19 absentee voting memorandum

March 20: N.H. DMV transitioning to appointment-only services and offers some extensions on licenses

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 15: Gov. Sununu issues Emergency Order #1 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 transitioning N.H. schools to remote learning, provides updated guidance to school districts

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

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

March 11, 2020: COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization says

Webinars & Videos:

Aug. 27: The Break: Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

Aug. 6: The Break: EPLI and COVID-19

June 4: The Break: New York’s Phase Two of Reopening

May 26: The Break: Safely Returning to Business

May 19: The Break: The Process of Reopening

May 15: The Break: The Liability of Re-Opening

May 13: The Break: Workers’ Compensation and the Coronavirus

May 1: COVID-19 and the Construction Site

April 27: Register to join a PIA member-exclusive Zoom call to discuss COVID-19 with construction, labor and real estate lawyer Tom Tripodianos, Esq.

April 21: The Break: The New Jersey Grace Period

April 16: The Break: Vacancy Clauses

April 13: The Break: The Connecticut Grace Period

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.