LGN COVID-19 Resource Center2021-03-04T23:40:51-06:00

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.’s COVID-19 Resource Center provides the most up-to-date information from the state and federal governments regarding this ongoing crisis, as well as resources for businesses and municipalities to help them navigate this tumultuous time. Our team of attorneys, government relations, and communications professionals are closely monitoring the latest developments and are committed to helping our clients and network during this unprecedented crisis.

Please note: All information is current as of the date it was posted.

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 22

Summary of “Phase 3.5” Legislation

The Senate on Tuesday evening passed $484 billion in new pandemic relief funds to bolster a tapped-out small business aid program, pay for additional coronavirus testing, and help hospitals deluged by sick patients.

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Actis expected to receive an affirmative vote in the House tomorrow, followed by a prompt signature […]

Apr 22, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 20

Democrats and White House Near Deal on New Relief Funding

Democrats and the Trump Administration are near an agreement for Congress to act this week on a deal as large as $500 billion to put more funding into a tapped-out small business aid program and provide money for coronavirus testing and overwhelmed hospitals. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy […]

Apr 20, 2020|

FEDERAL RESERVE ANNOUNCES MUNICIPAL LIQUIDITY FACILITY PROGRAM

On Thursday, April 9, the Federal Reserve took actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy. This funding will assist households and employers of all sizes and bolster the ability of state and local governments to deliver critical services during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the actions that the Federal Reserve is taking is geared toward […]

Apr 14, 2020|

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING COVID-19

CARES ACT:

The CARES Act created three benefits programs to provide and expand unemployment benefits:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    Provides an additional 13 weeks after regular unemployment compensation benefits are exhausted. Ends 12/31/2020
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    Extends benefits to self-employed, gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. Ends 12/31/2020
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
    Provides an additional $600 per week above the current […]
Apr 13, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 13

Insurers Instructed to Waive Copays for Virus Testing, Services

The Trump Administration on Saturday moved to require group health plans and other insurers to cover both coronavirus testing and some related treatment services with no copays or other cost sharing to beneficiaries, including tests that determine if a person has previously had Covid-19. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, along […]

Apr 13, 2020|

MINNESOTA’S NEW STAY AT HOME ORDER – WHAT CHANGED?

On April 8, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-33 extending the stay at home period that was put in place by Executive Order 20-20 to 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020.  Executive Order 20-33 and the guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) contain some notable changes from the prior Order, which has been rescinded.

The […]

Apr 9, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 9

Senate in Stalemate Seeking Quick Additional Relief Funds

Senate Democrats blocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to quickly pass a $250 billion boost in aid to small businesses suffering revenue losses in the pandemic, likely delaying any action until leaders of both parties find a compromise. Leader McConnell had sought unanimous consent in the Senate this morning for the small business […]

Apr 9, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ EXTENDS STAY HOME ORDER FOR MINNESOTANS

Today, Governor Tim Walz extended the Stay Home Order until May 4.

“What we are doing is working, Minnesota,” said Governor Walz. “We are taking this seriously, and we are staying home. While Minnesota is showing lower rates of infections than our peers across the country, now is not the time to let up or allow that trajectory to change. Updated […]

Apr 8, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: LEGISLATURE TO RECONVENE TUESDAY

The Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, April 7. House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park), Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown), and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) released the following statement:

“Legislative leaders have agreed to reconvene on Tuesday. We will be taking up legislation to address workers’ […]

Apr 6, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 6

Delegation Members Urge Disaster Declaration for Minnesota

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN-02), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), Betty McCollum (D-MN-04), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Tom Emmer (R-MN-06), and Pete Stauber (R-MN-08) urged the Trump Administration to approve Minnesota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The letter, sent to the […]

Apr 6, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ DELIVERS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

This evening, Governor Tim Walz delivered his second State of the State address.

Speaking to the state via YouTube, the governor discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in broad strokes. Walz began his speech acknowledging that many Minnesotans are out of work, multiple businesses are closed, classrooms are vacant, and houses of worship are empty.

“We’re bracing for a storm of epic proportions. This […]

Apr 5, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ UNVEILS DATA DASHBOARD, OUTLINES STATE’S PRIORITIES IN RESPONDING TO COVID-19

Governor Tim Walz today unveiled a new State of Minnesota COVID-19 dashboard that tracks the virus in Minnesota and provides the latest available data on available ventilators, ICU beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), and testing. The dashboard will be updated daily and is available here.

“During Minnesota’s Stay Home Order, we’ve worked to collect data, increase the availability of necessary […]

Apr 3, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: APRIL 2

MN Delegation Requests Revision to Medicaid Proposal
The 10 members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calling on the Administration to revise the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). The letter states that many of the proposed changes could negatively impact Minnesota and the care provided to residents who rely on […]

Apr 2, 2020|

MINNESOTA’S STAY AT HOME ORDER – COMPLIANCE IS MORE THAN LOOKING AT A LIST

On March 25, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 ordering all Minnesotans to stay in their homes until April 10, 2020. There are exceptions for certain personal activities identified in the Order (shopping for food and supplies, seeking medical help and caring for others among others). In addition, there is an exemption for “Critical Sector Work.”

To determine whether your business […]

Apr 1, 2020|

WAITING FOR THE CARES ACT?

THE SBA AND STATE OF MINNESOTA HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW

While the loan and relief programs under the CARES Act are extensive, there are three programs that small businesses can access now—the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Express Loan program and the State of Minnesota’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program.

SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM

This program offers […]

Apr 1, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: MARCH 30

Pelosi Seeks New Health Worker Protections in Fourth Bill

House Democratic leaders said the next coronavirus-relief measure will carry provisions to bolster the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ability to protect health care workers, after the chamber cleared the largest stimulus plan in the nation’s history. “Workers are risking their lives on the front line of this fight and need […]

Mar 30, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ SIGNS $330 MILLION COVID-19 RESPONSE PACKAGE

Governor Tim Walz today signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota – bringing the state’s total response to more than $550 million to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was passed by the legislature on March 26, 2020.

“The swift, bipartisan passage of this bill is One Minnesota in action,” said Governor […]

Mar 27, 2020|

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: WALZ EXTENDS STAY HOME ORDER UNTIL MAY 18

As the state continues to make progress in preparing for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today extended the Stay Home Order in Minnesota until Monday, May 18. In an effort to get more Minnesotans back safely to work while the order remains in effect, the Governor announced that retail businesses and other non-critical businesses will resume […]

Mar 27, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: MARCH 27

Discussion of Fourth Package Begins as House Passes Stimulus
With the House of Representatives passing the Senate-approved $2 trillion Phase III coronavirus measure this afternoon, congressional leaders are already considering a fourth coronavirus relief measure that may include more money for frontline health-care workers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the next coronavirus bill would “lean toward recovery” and look at […]

Mar 27, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3/26

Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package titled the CARES Act. The bill provides additional funds to America’s health systems, a number of financial tools to private businesses, as well as direct financial assistance to most Americans. The House is expected to approve the bill tomorrow (March 27).

Below, find a summary of the two […]

Mar 26, 2020|

LEGISLATURE TO RETURN

Legislative Alert: Legislature to Reconvene Thursday

Last night, legislative leadership announced that the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate will reconvene on Thursday to pass legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Legislative leaders have agreed to reconvene on Thursday. We are continuing to work closely with the Walz Administration on urgent COVID-19 matters to protect the health and well-being of […]

Mar 25, 2020|

SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

Legislative Alert: Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans

To slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59pm on Friday, March 27 and ends at 5:00pm on Friday, […]

Mar 25, 2020|

LGN FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: MARCH 25

Congress, White House Agree on $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

The Trump Administration struck a deal with Senate Democrats and Republicans on an historic rescue package that tees up more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks to bolster the U.S. economy and fund a nationwide effort to stem the coronavirus. “At last we have a deal,” Senate Majority […]

Mar 25, 2020|
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