NIA Informs
COVID-19 and related information for the insulation industry. Click here to read the latest online.
Update: More Congressional Coronavirus Relief Funding
Earlier this week, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act to provide additional coronavirus relief funding. The bill includes $310 billion for the PPP, which offers generally forgivable loans to small businesses for payroll. The first $349 billion fund has been depleted.

A separate provision worth $60 billion (including $50 billion in loans and $10 billion in grants) would be allocated to emergency injury disaster loans (EIDL). Also included is $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for coronavirus testing. The total amount of the package is approximately $480 billion.

The House is set to take up this measure on Thursday, and President Trump indicated that he will sign the bill to provide additional funding for small business loans.

Click here to read the text of the bill. Click here to read a section-by-section analysis of the small business program.
Regional Updates for the Insulation Industry
With regulations and policies varying by state and region, we will share relevant policies and information that affect a number of our member companies. Continue to monitor your state regulations and essential worker policies for breaking news.

Pennsylvania: Construction with Strict Guidelines Resumes May 8
Public and private residential and nonresidential construction may resume in Pennsylvania starting Friday, May 8, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits, and other announced guidance. Click here to read more.

NIA Advocates to Northeast Governors Regarding Reopening Construction
Our statement reads: "As you come together to develop a plan for a coordinated reopening of your states’ economies, we ask that the construction industry and the supply chain that directly support it be identified in your plan as a business activity that is essential and can operate safely in accordance with the appropriate government guidelines and required COVID-19 mitigation protocols." Click here to read more.

SWICA & TIAC Cancel Annual Meetings
Due to COVID-19, Southwest Insulation Contractors Association (SWICA) announced the cancellation of its 62nd Annual Convention that was set to take place in June in Nashville. Click here to read more. The Thermal Insulation Association of Canada (TIAC) also canceled its 2020 Conference, which was scheduled for August in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Resource: OSHA Guidance
Find OSHA resources on preparing workplaces for the COVID-19 virus here, including an easy-to-read summary of COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.
Update: More Airlines Ease Restrictions
Frontier Airlines has paused the expiration of all miles. Click here to read more about the new policies. For more airline information, visit their websites at: American Airlines, Delta Airlines , Southwest Airlines , and United Airlines .
Resource: COVID-19 Call with Legal Counsel for NIA Member Companies
Auman, Mahan & Furry is offering a free 30-minute call on COVID-19 during April for NIA member companies. For more information, contact Auman, Mahan & Furry’s Labor and Employment Group at 937-223-6003.
Where to Find the Latest Information
NIA is curating the information and resources we send to members on our website, including legal updates, article resources, calls to action, and more. Please click here to find the latest updates.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment to NIA. Please take care of yourself, your family, and your business. If we can be of service to you and your business during this time, please contact NIA at niainfo@insulation.org .
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