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Washington 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

Proclamation 20-05 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington published a proclamation on 29 February 2020 that declares a state of emergency in all counties in the state of Washington.

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Notice Number: 20-05

Publication Date: 29 February 2020

Effective Date: 29 April 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-05%20Coronavirus%20%28final%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-07 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that prohibits gatherings of 250 people or more for social, spiritual and recreational activities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties until midnight on 31 March 2020, unless extended.

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Notice Number: 20-07

Publication Date: 11 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-07%20Coronavirus%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-11 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that amends Proclamation 07-20 by limiting gatherings of 250 people or more in all counties of the state of Washington until midnight on 31 March 2020, unless extended.

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Notice Number: 20-11

Publication Date: 13 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-11%20Coronavirus%20Gatherings%20Amendment%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-15 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that waives requirements for physical presence and testing to allow for the renewal of all driver licenses and identification cards by mail or e-commerce until midnight on 15 April 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-15

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-15%20-%20COVID-19%20DOL%20Offices%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-14 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that amends Proclamations 20-07 and 20-11 by prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more until midnight on 31 March 2020, unless extended.

Activities of less than 50 people are also prohibited unless the organizers comply with social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Washington State Department of Health guidelines.

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Notice Number: 20-14

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-14%20COVID-19%20-%20Prohibitions%20on%20Gatherings%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-13 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that:

- prohibits gatherings of individuals in any public venue where people gather for entertainment, recreation, food and beverage service, theater, bowling, fitness and other similar activities
- prohibits the onsite consumption of food and/or beverages in certain public venues until midnight on 31 March 2020, unless extended, including restaurants, bars, food courts, coffee shops and sit-down facilities in grocery stores and pharmacies
- allows establishments to continue with food or beverage delivery and/or take-out services
- prohibits the operation of public venues in which people gather for entertainment, social or recreational purposes, including theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, barbershops and hair/nail salons until midnight on 31 March 2020, unless extended
- prohibits the operation of all retail stores, except grocery stores and pharmacies, unless they designate an employee or officer who must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures

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Notice Number: 20-13

Publication Date: 16 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-13%20Coronavirus%20Restaurants-Bars%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-20 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has issued a proclamation that waives and suspends until midnight on 17 April 2020:

- the imposition of late filing penalties for late renewals of business licenses
- the accrual and imposition of interest on certain taxes, such as business and occupation tax

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Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Effective Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-20%20-%20COVID-19%20-%20DOR%20Waivers%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-22 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that exempts specified motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles who collect or deliver essential food and emergency supplies in Washington State from the driver hours of service rules until midnight on 17 April 2020 for the following purposes:

- grocery purposes and pet food
- medical supplies and equipment
- pharmaceuticals
- fuels, as well as electricity and natural gas system equipment components

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Notice Number: 20-22

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-22%20-%20COVID-19%20Truck%20Driver%20Hours%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-21 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that waives and suspends until midnight on 17 April 2020 the waiting period of one week before an applicant is eligible for unemployment benefits for claims filed on or after 8 March 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-21

Publication Date: 18 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-21%20-%20COVID-19%20Unemployment%20Insurance%20Waiver%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-25 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that:

- prohibits all people in Washington State from leaving their homes except for essential activities and/or work in essential business services, or from participating in social, spiritual and recreational gathering until midnight on 6 April 2020
- prohibits all non-essential businesses in Washington State from conducting business from 25 March 2020 until midnight on 8 April 2020
- prohibits essential businesses from operating unless they establish and implement specified social distancing and sanitation measures

Essential activities include:

- obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members and pets
- engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members and pets
- caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, and to transport a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies and services.
- engaging in outdoor exercise activities if appropriate social distancing practices are used

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Notice Number: 20-25

Publication Date: 23 March 2020

Effective Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-27 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that:

- waives and suspends specified statutes that prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with impacts to taxpayers resulting from the state of emergency
- prohibits certain activities impacting taxpayers
- allows new electronic notary services provisions

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Notice Number: 20-27

Publication Date: 24 March 2020

Effective Date: 27 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-27%20-%20COVID-19%20Notary%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-30 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that waives and suspends specified statutes that prevent, hinder or delay necessary action by the Washington State Employment Security Department in providing unemployment compensation to the significant number people in Washington State suffering from layoffs resulting from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic until 24 April 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-30

Publication Date: 25 March 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-30%20COVID-19%20-%20ESD-Job%20Requirements%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-25.1 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamation 20-25 (Stay Home – Stay Healthy) to midnight on 4 May 2020. The earlier proclamation prohibited all people in Washington State from leaving their homes except for essential activities and/or work in essential business services, or from participating in social, spiritual and recreational gathering until midnight on 6 April 2020.

Essential business services were defined in the Appendix (Proclamation 20-25).

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Notice Number: 20-25.1

Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25.1%20-%20COVID-19%20-%20Stay%20Home%2C%20Stay%20Healthy%20Extension%20%28tmp%29%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-40 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that prohibits the implementation of orders enacted by the Washington State Building Code Council adopting amendments to the State Building Code with an effective date of 1 July 2020 until 1 November 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-40

Publication Date: 2 April 2020
Effective Date: 2 April 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-40%20-%20COVID-19%20Building%20Code%20Implementation%20Date%20%28tmp%29.pdf 

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-41 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that waives and suspends statutes that deal with the expiry of personal and commercial driver licenses by the Department of Licensing until 3 May 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-41

Publication Date: 3 April 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-41%20-%20COVID-19%20DOL%20License%20Extension.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-46 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that prohibits all employers from taking action that is inconsistent with the following practices until 12 June 2020, unless extended:

- employers must use all available options for alternative work assignments to protect high-risk employees, if requested, from exposure to the COVID-19 disease, like telework, alternative or remote work locations, reassignment, and social distancing measures
- employers must allow any high-risk employee in a situation where an alternative work arrangement is not feasible to use any available accrued leave or unemployment insurance
- if the employee’s paid time off exhausts during the period of leave, employers must fully maintain all employer-related health insurance benefits until the employee is deemed eligible to return to work
- employers may not take adverse employment action against an employee for exercising their rights under this Proclamation that would result in loss of the employee’s current employment position by permanent replacement

The employer may still:

- hire temporary employees under certain conditions
- require an employee who does not report to work to give up to five days’ notice to the employer of any decision to report to work
- take employment action when no work reasonably exists, such as a reduction in force, for a high-risk employee during this Proclamation, but not an action that may adversely affect the employee's eligibility for unemployment benefits

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Notice Number: 20-46

Publication Date: 13 April 2020

Effective Date: 13 April 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-46%20-%20COVID-19%20High%20Risk%20Employees.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-15.2 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a Proclamation extending Proclamation 20-15 and the statutory waivers and suspensions relating to in-person Department of Licensing eye examinations and renewals of driver’s licenses and identification cards until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or May 31, 2020, whichever occurs first.

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Notice Number: 20-15.2

Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Effective Date: 5th May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-15.2%20-%20COVID-19%20DOL%20Offices%20Ext%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-20.2 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published an Proclamation extending Proclamation 20-20, which waived and suspended laws and rules relating to tax penalties, fees, interest, and due dates until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or May 31, 2020, whichever happens first.

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Notice Number: 20-20.2

Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Effective Date: 5th May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-20.2%20-%20COVID-19%20DOR%20Interest%20Fees%20Penalties%20Ext%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-23.2 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation extending Proclamation 20-23 which provides for ratepayer assistance and preservation of essential services.

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Notice Number: 20-23.2

Publication Date: 5th May 2020

Effective Date: 5th May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-23.2%20-%20COVID-19%20Ratepayer%20Assistance.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-25.3 (Washington)

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a Proclamation extending the state of emergency, as well as the "Stay home - Stay Healthy" proclamations (20-25, 20-25.1 and 20-25.2) until 31 May 2020. All provisions remain in place except for some easing of prohibitions relating to certain low-risk business activities such as retail (curb-side pick-up orders only) and religious services.

The Proclamation includes a link to the Safe Start Washington re-opening plan.

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Notice Number: 20-25.3

Publication Date: 4th May 2020

Effective Date: 4th May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-25.3%20-%20COVID-19%20Stay%20Home%20Stay%20Healthy%20-%20Reopening%20%28tmp%29.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-55 (Washington): COVID-19: Collective Bargaining

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that waives and suspends various statutory restrictions relating to state collective bargaining agreements.

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Notice Number: 20-55

Publication Date: 7th May 2020

Effective Date: 7th May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-55%20COVID-19%20Collective%20Bargaining%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
Proclamation 20-41.2 (Washington): COVID-19: Amending and extending Proclamations 20-05, 20-41, and 20-41.1

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamation 20-41 and 41.1. until the suspension of the state of emergency or 31 March, whichever comes first. The original orders waived and suspended statutes that deal with the expiry of personal and commercial driver licenses by the Department of Licensing.

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Notice Number: 20-41.2

Publication Date: 11 May 2020

Effective Date: 11 May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-41.2%20-%20COVID-19%20DOL%20License%20Ext%20%28tmp%29.pdf

© Copyright 2020 State of Washington


 
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 State of Washington


 
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

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Proclamation 20-49.1 (Washington): COVID-19: Garnishments and Accrual of Interest

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamation 20-49, which waives and suspends statutes, and prohibits certain activities, relating to garnishments of wages and other income to collect judgments for consumer debt throughout Washington State until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or 11:59 PM on May 21, 2020, whichever occurs first.

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Notice Number: 20-49.1

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 15 May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20.49.1COVID19Garnishment.pdf

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Proclamation 20-48.1 (Washington): COVID-19: Department of Licensing – CDL Health Certificates and Other Requirements

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends the waiver and suspension of certain statutes relating to the requirement to carry a valid medical certification and other skill testing and renewal requirements for Commercial Driver License and Commercial Learner Permit holders until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or 11:59 PM on May 31, 2020, whichever occurs first.

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Notice Number: 20-48.1

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 15 May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20.48.1COVID19DOLCDLCerts.pdf

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Proclamation 20-22.2 (Washington): COVID-19: Truck Driver hours

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamations 20-22 and 20-22.1 relating to driver hours of service until 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2020.

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Notice Number: 20-22.2

Publication Date: 15 May 2020

Effective Date: 15 May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20.22.2COVID19TruckDriver%20Hours.pdf

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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

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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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Proclamation 20-49.2 (Washington): COVID-19: Garnishments and Accrual of Interest

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The Governor of the State of Washington has published a proclamation that extends Proclamation 20-49 and executive order 49.1, regarding Garnishments and Accrual of Interest, until 27 March, 2020 or the termination of the state of Emergency, whichever occurs first.

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Notice Number: 20-49.2

Publication Date: 22 May 2020

Effective Date: 22 May 2020

Source: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/COVID19Proc20.49.2Garnishment.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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