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Texas COVID-19 Regulation Updates

Written by Vicky Daley
on April 22, 2020

Libryo is using its regulatory tracking technology to keep this live blog of new law relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any new updates will provide highlights of the legislation, key publication information and dates as well as links to the sources.


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Last Updated: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Executive Order GA-16 (Texas)

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The Governor of Texas has published Executive Order No. GA-16 relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services in response to the COVID-19 disaster. The order:

-directs people in Texas to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact between persons who are not from the same household except to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services
-essential services are as defined in the Department of Homeland Services Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0 or any subsequent version
-allows people to make use of reopened services from 24 April 2020
-defines reopened services as any non-essential retail service that can be provided by pickup, mail or delivery in a manner that is consistent with the Department of State Health Services
-in providing or obtaining essential services or reopened services, directs all people and businesses to follow the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practising good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working from home if possible
-provides that religious services should be conducted according to the Guidelines for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis
-allows people to visit parks, hunt, fish and exercise provided that social distancing guidelines are followed
-recommends that people continue to work from home where possible
-closes schools for the remainder of the academic year
-encourages teaching to continue online
-provides that people should not visit hospitals, nursing homes or other care facilities except to provide critical assistance or according to Texas Health and Human Services Commission guidelines and
-provides that this executive order overrides any local orders that are inconsistent with it

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downloadNotice Number: GA-16

Publication Date: 20 April 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-16_Opening_Texas_COVID-19_FINAL_04-17-2020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


Last Updated: Friday 17 April 2020
COVID-19 Resources Job Seekers (Texas)

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The Texas Workforce Commission has published guidelines to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that:

-outline the different types of benefits available to workers who are unable to work because of COVID-19 and
-explain how to avail of these benefits.

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Publication Date: 8 April 2020

Effective Date: 8 April 2020

Source: https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-job-seekers

© 2011 Texas Workforce Commission


 
Executive Order GA-14 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published an executive order with effect from 2 April 2020 until 30 April:

-minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household, except to provide or obtain essential services
-essential services are those listed in the ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE
-provide services through remote telework from home, and if this is not possible, then observe good hygiene and social distancing practices
-avoid attending restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms etc and use drive-through, deliver and pickup options for food and drinks
-do not visit nursing homes or similar facilities except to provide critical services

This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA-08.

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Published in terms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - USA

Notice Number: GA-14

Publication Date: 31 March 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-14_Statewide_Essential_Service_and_Activity_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-31-2020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-12 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that, with effect from 30 March 2020:

-requires persons entering Texas by road from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days unless the travel is to provide emergency support services and
-any such person showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be escorted to a designated quarantine center
-those in self-quarantine are responsible for their own costs during the quarantine period

Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both.

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Notice Number: GA-12

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-12_roadway_quarantine_for_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-29-2020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Proclamation 41-3725 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published a proclamation that expands the list of states and cities addressed in Executive Order GA-11 to include, with effect from 30 March 2020:

-State of California
-State of Louisiana
-State of Washington
-City of Atlanta, Georgia
-City of Chicago, Illinois
-City of Detroit, Michigan
-City of Miami, Florida

According to EO GA-11 any person arriving in Texas as a final destination via an airport in one of these locations is subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they are providing emergency support services. Any such person showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be escorted to a designated quarantine center. Those in self-quarantine are responsible for their own costs during the quarantine period.

Failure to comply with the original order is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both.

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Notice Number: PROCLAMATION 41-3725

Publication Date: 29 March 2020

Effective Date: 30 March 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-extends-disaster-declaration-for-covid-192

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-11 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published an executive order that, with effect from 28 March 2020:

-any person arriving in Texas as a final destination via an airport in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or the City of New Orleans is subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, unless they are providing emergency support services
-any such person showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be escorted to a designated quarantine centre
-those in self-quarantine are responsible for their own costs during the quarantine period

Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both.

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Notice Number: GA-11

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

Effective Date: 28 March 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-11_airport_travel_reporting_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-26-2020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-08 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published an executive order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that, with effect from 20 March 2020:

-limits social gatherings to no more than 10 people
-requires people in Texas to avoid restaurants, bars, gyms and other establishments
-restricts visits to nursing homes or long-term care facilities except to provide critical assistance
-closes schools in Texas and
-encourages drive through and takeaway food services.

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Notice Number: GA-08

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Effective Date: 17 March 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA_08_COVID-19_preparedness_and_mitigation_FINAL_03-19-2020_1.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
US Executive Order 13916: National Emergency Authority To Temporarily Extend Deadlines for Certain Estimated Payments

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The President of the United States has published an executive order directing the Secretary of the Treasury to consider taking action to extend deadlines for various estimated payments for importers who are suffering significant financial hardship because of COVID–19.

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Notice Number: 2020-08846

Publication Date: 23 April 2020

Effective Date: 18 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-23/pdf/2020-08846.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
US Temporary Final Rule (19 CFR Part 24): Temporary Postponement of the Time to Deposit Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees During the National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

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The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the designee of the Secretary of Homeland Security (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) has issued a temporary final rule amending the Customs and Border Protection regulations. 

The amendment temporarily postpones the deadline for importers of record with a significant financial hardship to deposit certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees that they would ordinarily be obligated to pay as of the date of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption.

The postponement relates to merchandise entered in March or April 2020, for a period of 90 days from the date that the deposit would otherwise have been due but for this emergency action. 

To qualify for this temporary postponement, an importer must demonstrate a significant financial hardship. An eligible importer's operation must be fully or partially suspended during March or April 2020 due to government orders limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings because of COVID-19. As a result of the suspension of its operations, the gross receipts of such importer for March 13-31, 2020, or April 2020 must be less than 60 percent of the gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019. 

An eligible importer need not file additional documentation with CBP to be eligible for this relief but must maintain documentation as part of its books and records establishing that it meets the requirements for relief.

This temporary postponement does not permit the return of any deposits of estimated duties, taxes, and/or fees that have been paid. It also does not apply to entries or withdrawals from warehouse, subject to certain specified trade remedies, and any entry summary that includes merchandise subject to those trade remedies is not eligible under this rule.

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Notice Number: 2020-08618

Publication Date: 22 April 2020
Effective Date: 20 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-22/pdf/2020-08618.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-17 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has published an executive order to establish the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas which will advise the governor on safely and strategically restarting and revitalizing all aspects of the state including work, school, entertainment, and culture. 

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Notice Number: GA-17

Publication Date: 17 April 2020

Effective Date: 17 April 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-17_Open_Texas_Strike_Force_COVID-19_IMAGE_04-17-2020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-18 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive order relating to the reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster. In terms of the order every person must:

- except to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household
- maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and,
- if leaving the home, implement social distancing and practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation

Essential services are those listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.0, and reopened services are described in the Executive Order.

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Notice Number: GA-18

Publication Date: 28 April 2020

Effective Date: 27 April 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-18_expanded_reopening_of_services_COVID-19.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-20 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive order expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

The order eases quarantine restrictions on those travelling to Texas from New Orleans and Louisiana.

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Notice Number: GA-20

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 1 May 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-20_expanding_travel_without_restrictions_COVID-19.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

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The President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act into law to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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Notice Number: 116-136

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 27 April 2020

Source: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748enr.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

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The President has signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.

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Notice Number: 116-139

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 24 April 2020

Source: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr266/BILLS-116hr266enr.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Proclamation 10014 (US)

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The President of the United States has signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 23 April 2020 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. 

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Notice Number: 2020-09068

Publication Date: 27 April 2020

Effective Date: 23 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-27/pdf/2020-09068.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
13 CFR Part 120: Small Business Administration Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Additional Criterion for Seasonal Employers

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue regulations for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), including regulations that allow additional lenders to originate loans and establish terms and conditions.

In this interim final rule, Treasury authorizes all lenders eligible to originate loans under the PPP to use an alternative criterion for calculating the maximum loan amount for PPP loans issued to seasonal employers.

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Notice Number: 2020-09239

Publication Date: 30 April 2020

Effective Date: 30 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-30/pdf/2020-09239.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Corporate Groups and Non-Bank and Non-Insured Depository Institution Lenders (Small Business Administration)

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The Small Business Administration has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by limiting the amount of Paycheck Protection Program loans that any single corporate group may receive, and provides additional guidance on the criteria for non-bank lender participation in the PPP.

This interim final rule applies to applications submitted under the Paycheck Protection Program through June 30, 2020, or until funds made available for this purpose are exhausted.

Comments must be received on or before June 3, 2020.

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Notice Number: 2020-09576

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09576.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak (IRS)

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration and Internal Revenue Services have published a document announcing the extension of certain timeframes under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, and participants and beneficiaries of these plans during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

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Notice Number: 2020-09399

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09399.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order 13920: Securing the United States Bulk-Power System (US)

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The President of the United States of America has declared a national emergency with respect to the threat to the United States bulk-power system, and has prohibited certain actions relating to bulk-power system electric equipment.

These include acquisition, importation, transfer, or installation of any bulk-power system electric equipment where the transaction involves any property in which any foreign country or one of its nationals has any interest, where the transaction was initiated after the date of this order, and where certain officials have determined that:

- the transaction involves bulk-power system electric equipment designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied, by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary; and

- the transaction:

- poses an undue risk of sabotage to or subversion of the design, integrity, manufacturing, production, distribution, installation, operation, or maintenance of the bulk-power system in the United States;
- poses an undue risk of catastrophic effects on the security or resiliency of United States critical infrastructure or the economy of the United States; or
- otherwise poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.

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Notice Number: 2020-09695

Publication Date: 4 May 2020

Effective Date: 1 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-04/pdf/2020-09695.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order 13917: Delegating Authority Under the Defense Production Act With Respect to Food Supply Chain Resources During the National Emergency Caused by the Outbreak of COVID-19

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The President of the United States of America has signed an executive order relating to beef, pork and poultry processors.

The order provides that it is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans. However, outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at some processing facilities have led to a reduction in some of those facilities' production capacity. In addition, recent actions in some States have led to the complete closure of some large processing facilities. Such actions may differ from or be inconsistent with interim guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor entitled “Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers” providing for the safe operation of such facilities.

Closures threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure during the national emergency. Given the high volume of meat and poultry processed by many facilities, any unnecessary closures can quickly have a large effect on the food supply chain.

The executive order delegates authority to the Secretary of Agriculture to take action to ensure that meat and poultry processors continue operations consistent with the guidance for their operations jointly issued by the CDC and OSHA.

Under the delegation of authority provided in the order, the Secretary of Agriculture may identify additional specific food supply chain resources that require the same treatment.

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Notice Number: 2020-09536

Publication Date: 1 May 2020

Effective Date: 28 April 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-01/pdf/2020-09536.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-21 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive order to expand the opening of certain businesses and activities in Texas. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Department of State Health Services.

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Notice Number: GA-21

Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Effective Date: 5th May 2020

Source: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/GA-21.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
17 CFR Parts 227 and 239: Temporary Amendments to Regulation Crowdfunding (SEC)

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting temporary final rules to facilitate capital formation for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The temporary final rules are intended to expedite the offering process for smaller, previously established companies directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19 that are seeking to meet their funding needs through the offer and sale of securities pursuant to Regulation Crowdfunding.

The temporary final rules are designed to facilitate this offering process by providing tailored, conditional relief from certain requirements of Regulation Crowdfunding relating to the timing of the offering and the availability of financial statements required to be included in issuers' offering materials while retaining appropriate investor protections.

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Notice Number: 2020-09806

Publication Date: 7 May 2020

Effective Date: 4 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-07/pdf/2020-09806.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Federal Delay in Opening of 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 and 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5 Data Collections Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a delay in the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The EEOC expects to begin collecting the 2020 EEO-3 and the 2020 EEO-5 in January 2021 and will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will open as soon as it is available.

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Notice Number: 2020-09876

Publication Date: 8 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-08/pdf/2020-09876.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Nondiscrimination and Additional Eligibility Criteria

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has posted an interim final rule that supplements previously posted rules relating to the Paycheck Protection Program by providing guidance on nondiscrimination obligations and additional eligibility requirements, and requests public comment.

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program. The program is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). SBA posted additional interim final rules on April 3, 2020, April 14, 2020, April 24, 2020, April 28, 2020, and April 30, 2020 and the Department of the Treasury posted an additional interim final rule on April 28, 2020. This interim final rule supplements the previously posted interim final rules.

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Notice Number: 2020-09963

Publication Date: 8 May 2020

Effective Date: 8 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-08/pdf/2020-09963.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-22 (Texas): Relating to confinement during the COVID-19 disaster

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive Order that amends all existing executive orders relating to COVID-19 to eliminate confinement in jail as an available penalty for any violation of the orders. No jurisdiction can confine a person in jail as a penalty for violating any executive order or any order issued by local officials, in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

To the extent any order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster would allow confinement in jail, that order is superseded, and all relevant laws are suspended to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not confine people in jail for violating any order issued in response to the COVID-19 disaster. This amendment and suspension operates retroactively to April 2, 2020.

The order also provides for the retroactive reopening of cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade to April 2, 2020. The order nullifies the existence of any other state or local executive order, the violation of which could form the basis for confinement in jail.

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Notice Number: GA-22

Publication Date: 7 May 2020

Effective Date: 7 May 2020

Source: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/GA-22.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Availability (Food and Drug Administration)

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced the availability of guidance documents related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. The guidance documents have been implemented without prior comment, but they remain subject to comment at any time. Some examples of the documents include temporary policies regarding:

- Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (March 2020)
- Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Chain Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 2020)
- Packaging and Labeling of Shell Eggs Sold by Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (April 2020)

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Notice Number: 2020-10146

Publication Date: 12 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-12/pdf/2020-10146.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Proclamation 05.12.2020 (Texas)

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued a Proclamation renewing disaster proclamation for all counties in Texas.

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Notice Number: 05.12.2020

Publication Date:12 May 2020

Effective Date: 12 May 2020

Source: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/proc05122020.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2B Nonimmigrants Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency (Department of Homeland Security)

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The Department of Homeland Security has published a temporary final rule that, as a result of disruptions and uncertainty to the U.S. economy and international travel caused by the global novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, amends the regulations regarding certain temporary nonagricultural workers, and their U.S. employers, within the H-2B nonimmigrant classification.

The Department is temporarily removing certain limitations on employers or U.S. agents seeking to hire certain H-2B workers already in the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain, and certain H-2B workers, who are essential to the U.S. food supply chain, seeking to extend their stay.

This final rule is effective from May 14, 2020, through May 15, 2023. Employers may request the flexibilities under this rule by filing an H-2B petition, including the new attestation and all required evidence, on or after the effective date of this rule and until 120 days thereafter. 

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Notice Number: 2020-10486

Publication Date: 14th May 2020

Effective Date: 14th May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-14/pdf/2020-10486.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Executive Order GA-23 (Texas): Relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive Order relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster. The Executive order sets out details, limitations and transition dates for various businesses and organizations.

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Notice Number: GA-23

Publication Date: 18 May 2020

Effective Date: 18 May 2020

Source: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/GA-23.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas

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The Commissioner of Public Health has declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID‑19 continues to present an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas. Each person must:

- act responsibly to prevent and control the communicable disease.
- undertake hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation practices that are accessible, affordable and known to be effective against COVID-19
- abide by Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders
- if known to have, or if under investigation or monitoring for COVID-19, adhere to the direction provided duly authorized persons, including public health officials
- if they are ill, especially with symptoms consistent with influenza or COVID-19, isolate at home until recovery
- present for medical evaluation and treatment if their symptoms are such that they cannot continue to be cared for where they are

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Notice Number: 15.2020

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 15 May 2020

Source: file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/Declaration-PublicHealthDisaster-May15.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Requirements-Extension of Limited Safe Harbor With Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan Request

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On April 24, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule relating to promissory notes, authorizations, affiliation, and eligibility in connection with the implementation of a temporary new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program.” The Paycheck Protection Program was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). The SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements its implementation of the Act and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10649

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10649.pdf

Copyright © 2020 Office of the Texas Governor. All rights reserved


 
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Loan Increases

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on the ability to increase certain PPP loans, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10658

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10658.pdf

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Eligibility of Certain Electric Cooperatives

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The SBA has published an interim final rule that supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on additional eligibility requirements for certain electric cooperatives, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10674

Publication Date: 19 May 2020

Effective Date: 19 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-19/pdf/2020-10674.pdf

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Treatment of Entities With Foreign Affiliates

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On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program. The CARES Act also provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This interim final rule supplements previously posted interim final rules by providing guidance on additional eligibility requirements related to entities with foreign affiliates, and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-10967

Publication Date: 21 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-21/pdf/2020-10967.pdf

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Executive Order GA-24 (Texas): Terminating Air Travel Restrictions Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Governor of the State of Texas has issued an Executive Order terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Executive order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor's previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida.

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Notice Number: GA-24

Publication Date: 21 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-24_termination_of_air_travel_restrictions_COVID-19_IMAGE_05-21-20.pdf

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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program-Second Extension of Limited Safe Harbor With Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan and Lender Reporting

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On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule relating to the extension of a safe harbor with respect to a certification required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act) in connection with the implementation of a temporary new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program.” This interim final rule revises the interim final rule posted on May 8, 2020, and published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2020, by extending the date by which certain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may repay their loans from May 14, 2020 to May 18, 2020, in order to avail themselves of a safe harbor with respect to the certification required by the Act, and by extending the timeframe for submission of the initial SBA Form 1502 report for PPP loans. This interim final rule supplements SBA's implementation of the Act and requests public comment.

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Notice Number: 2020-11292

Publication Date: 26 May 2020

Effective Date: 26 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-26/pdf/2020-11292.pdf

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Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has published a decision to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in the document. The restrictions will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2020.

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Notice Number: 2020-11145

Publication Date: 22 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-22/pdf/2020-11145.pdf

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Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico

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The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has published a decision to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in the document. The restrictions will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 22, 2020. 

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Notice Number: 2020-11154

Publication Date: 22 May 2020

Effective Date: 21 May 2020

Source: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-05-22/pdf/2020-11154.pdf

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