The new Executive Order spelling out how the new Phase 2 rules relate to prior guidance is now available here. In particular, for new language on travel guidance and modified return to work language, see page 16.
OHA has posted a
"Reopening Guidance Tool" that graphically helps explain what types of businesses fit where, both in terms of phases and gathering limits. (This tool tends to be more up-to-date than the guidance on the governor's site)
PPP reform has passed the U.S. Senate and it now goes to the President for his signature. Senator Merkley supports this legislation and the flexibility it will give to PPP recipients. Key changes include:
The percentage of the PPP loan that needs to be spent on payroll drops from 75% to 60% (allowing businesses and nonprofits to spend more funds on rent/mortgage and utilities if needed).
PPP funds can be spent over 24 weeks, or until December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. PPP is currently limited to eight weeks.
Changes safe harbor period for rehires from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
For PPP recipients that do not have their loan forgiven, the length of the loan changes from two years to five years.
Office of Economic Analysis | The Office of Economic Analysis writes about historical disparities in employment and how economic recession and recovery impacts different racial and ethnic groups across Oregon. The office will continue to analyze and write about the implications and differences geographically, for various industries and occupations and for different socio-economic and racial groups across the state. Read the blog post.
Oregon Emergency Board | The E-Board voted last Friday to approve expenditure limits for several items. $247 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds were released. More information is to come. Here is a breakdown of the funding:
$75 million to support rental assistance, housing stabilization and mortgage assistance (in addition to $25 million in Hardest Hit money for foreclosure prevention).
$10 million in additional support to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund which supports Oregonians who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits.
$15 million to support individuals having difficulty paying their utility bills.
$3.5 million to expand access to affordable telephone and broadband service for low-income households.
$4 million to support survivors of domestic violence.
$25.6 million to enhance behavioral health services for people impacted by COVID-19, with a focus on communities of color, our federally recognized tribes, and vulnerable populations.
$30 million in assistance to help child care providers stay in business.
$20 million to support the Rural Broadband Capacity Program to support safe distancing practices by connecting schools, health care providers and businesses.
$50 million for rural hospital stabilization grants.
$10 million to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for small businesses.
$3 million in technical assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses.
$1 million for 211 to maintain referral services during the pandemic.
Travel Oregon | Travel Oregon directs more than $800,000 to support small businesses across the state. Read the press release here.
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