News

 

03.24.2020 Combined Federal, VA and NC Government Resources for COVID-19 By: Hon. David B. Albo, Jordan E. Chillon, Matthew M. Cobb, Patrick A. Cushing, Nicole Pugar Lawter, Sarah M. Patterson, Elizabeth O. Rafferty & Richard A. "Rick" Zechini

Updated: March 25, 2020
COVID-19 Key Resource List (Virginia):

Commonwealth of Virginia Official COVID-19 Website

This website is a comprehensive resource that provides information pertaining to official actions, guidance, updates, and information about novel coronavirus. 

Updates from the Governor

Governor Northam is holding Facebook Live briefings at 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to provide an update to the public on the actions his administration is taking to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia and to support Virginians during this very difficult time.

Williams Mullen COVID-19 Legal Updates

Williams Mullen attorneys continue to serve our clients and have helped by assembling a legal resource page with alerts on federal and state actions related to COVID-19. An email sign-up is available so you can have legal alerts and updates sent as soon as they are published.

Recent Updates

  • On March 23rd Governor Northam issued Executive Order 53 closing certain non-essential businesses, banning all gatherings of more than 10 people and closing all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year.
    • This order goes into effect 11:59PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020.
    • Governor Northam increased restrictions on recreational and entertainment businesses that are non-essential.
    • Dining and on-site alcohol establishments must close to the public.
    • Retail businesses that are considered essential may remain open.
    • Any brick-and-mortar retail business not listed in the executive order may remain open but must limit all in-person shopping to no more than 10 patrons per establishment and adhere to social distancing and sanitization procedures.
    • Professional businesses not listed in the executive order must utilize telework but may remain open if they adhere to social distancing and sanitizing procedures.
    • The Governor’s Office developed a helpful FAQ page to answer additional questions related to EO 53.
    • Please email Commerce.Trade@governor.Virginia.gov regarding any questions on essential services or non-essential services outlined in EO 53.
  • Here is a link to all of the Governor’s Executive Orders and Directives


COVID-19 Additional Resources (Virginia):

Department of Taxation: www.tax.virginia.gov

  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can request to defer the payment of state sales tax due for 30 days.
  • When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties. 
  • The Virginia Department of Taxation is extending the due date of payment of Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes. While the filing deadlines remain the same, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020.
  • Please note that interest will still accrue.
     

Department of Health: www.vdh.virginia.gov

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 information
  • Share the Facts about COVID-19 resource
  • What to do if your sick resource
  • What to do if you have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • A daily update of the number of the number of Virginians tested, the number of confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
     

Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid): www.dmas.virginia.gov

  • Eliminating all co-payments for services covered by Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), including COVID-19-related treatment as well as other medical care.
  • Ensuring current Medicaid members do not inadvertently lose coverage due to lapses in paperwork or a change in circumstances.
  • Permitting Medicaid members to obtain a 90-day supply of many routine prescriptions, an increase from the 30-day supply under previous rules.
  • Waiving pre-approval requirements for many critical medical services and enacting automatic extensions for approvals that are already in place.
  • Expanding access to telehealth services, including allowing Medicaid reimbursement for providers who use telehealth with patients in the home.
     

 Department of Motor Vehicleswww.dmv.virginia.gov

  • Virginia’s 75 DMV offices, as well as mobile units are closed to the public.
  • Online services will remain available, and anyone needing to renew a license or vehicle registration is encouraged to do so online.
  • For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.
  • Virginia Department of State Police to suspend the enforcement of Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections for 60 days.
     

Virginia’s Judicial System: http://www.courts.state.va.us/

  • From Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, non-essential, non-emergency court proceedings in all district and circuit courts are suspended absent a specific exemption, by order of the Virginia Supreme Court. The clerk's office will still be open.
     

Virginia Employment Commission http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

  • Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period for benefit payments.
  • Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if their employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
  • Virginia Employment Commission will give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.


COVID-19 KEY RESOURCE LIST (North Carolina):

North Carolina Official COVID-19 Website

This website is a comprehensive resource of North Carolina’s response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Williams Mullen COVID-19 Legal Updates

Williams Mullen attorneys continue to serve our clients and have helped by assembling a legal resource page with alerts on federal and state actions related to COVID-19. An email sign-up is available so you can have legal alerts and updates sent as soon as they are published.

Recent Updates:

On March 23rd, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 120, which does the following:

  • Extends the closure of all K-12 schools until May 15th.
  • Bans gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Prohibits the following businesses from operating: Bingo parlors, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, indoor exercise facilities (gyms, studios, etc.), health clubs, indoor pools, live performance venues, movie theaters, roller skating rinks, spas, sweepstakes lounges, video game arcades, barber shops, beauty salons, hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops.
  • Provides that essential service businesses can continue to remain open, including gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, major retail department stores, manufacturing facilities.
  • Bans visitors at health care facilities, excluding health care personnel and end-of-life care providers. This includes long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health and disability group homes.
  • The order is effective on March 25th at 5 pm.
  • A link to all of the Governor’s Executive Orders can be found here.
     

The General Assembly is scheduled to convene its 2020 session on April 28th. There is a possibility that a special session could be called before that to consider COVID-19 relief measures. The Speaker of the House has appointed a House Select Committee on COVID-19 to review current developments and assist in the preparation of legislative proposals. The Committee includes four separate work groups (Health Care, Education, Economic Support and Continuity of State Operations), which began meeting Wednesday, March 25th. More information on the Committee can be found here.

Municipal and County Restrictions:

  • Mecklenburg County issued a “stay at home” order that goes into effect on Thursday morning and will stay in effect for the next three weeks. The order also banned public and private gatherings of more than 10 people. The order can be found here.
  • Pitt County issued a stay at home order for the unincorporated areas of the county. The order can be found here.
  • The Town of Beaufort also issued a stay at home order. The order can be found here.
  • The City of Durham will announce a “stay at home” order on Wednesday, March 25th.
  • Other local governments are working on similar orders.

 

COVID-19 Additional Resources (North Carolina):

NC Department of Revenue (DOR): https://www.ncdor.gov/

  • NC DOR extended the April 15th tax filing deadline to July 15th for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes to mirror the deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • NC DOR will not charge penalties to those filing and paying their taxes after April 15th as long as they file and pay their tax before the new July 15th deadline.
  • Interest may be charged after April 15th unless the taxpayer files a request for an extension with the IRS or NC DOR.
  • NCDOR encourages taxpayers to use online and free services to pay their taxes this year. Most taxpayers can file online for free here.
     

NC Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

  • COVID-19 case count.
  • Numbers to call or text for COVID-19 assistance.
  • COVID-19 symptoms and health tips. 
  • Past COVID-19 briefings. 
  • COVID-19 overview page can be found here.
  • Information on the testing and treatment of COVID-19 can be found here.
     

NC Department of Commerce: https://www.nccommerce.com/

  • North Carolina Employment Security Division is publishing instructions and guidance to help employers and employees understand the new changes to the state’s unemployment systemrelated to COVID-19 here.
  • The changes to the state’s unemployment system were ordered by Governor Cooper on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in his Executive Order 118.
  • The Department of Commerce recommends the fastest and most efficient way to file for assistance is online here.
     

NC Judicial Branch: https://www.nccourts.gov/

  • Grace period for filing deadlines, so that documents subject to filing deadlines from March 16th to April 17th can be filed before the close of business on April 17, 2020. (this does not apply to appellate courts but does apply to Business Court).
  • Effective March 15th, all superior and district court proceedings are postponed for at least 30 days, with some exceptions.
  • To find local announcements, changes, and administrative orders by county please see the COVID-19 Updates page.
     

NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv

  • Some NC DMV driver license offices closed starting Wednesday, March 18.
  • See if an office is closed here.
  • Find what services can be conducted online here.
     

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: http://www.ncagr.gov/

  • Information on food safety can be found here.
  • FAQ’s about COVID-19 and agriculture, essential businesses and critical infrastructure, and facility updates can be found here.
     

Department of Insurance https://www.ncdoi.gov/

  • Guidance for insurers regarding coverage and cost sharing requirements related to COVID-19 can be found here.
     

Golden LEAF Foundation- Rapid Recovery Loan Program https://ncrapidrecovery.org/

  • Funding will provide loans to help small businesses suffering economic losses related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Businesses are eligible for bridge loans of up to $50,000 with six months of no interest and no payments. These loans are intended to support businesses until they are able to secure an SBA loan or other long-term assistance.
  • If not repaid in six months, the loans will automatically convert to a term loan.
  • Applicants must be small businesses affected by COVID-19 and have at least one employee.
  • Nonprofit organizations are not currently eligible.


COVID-19 Additional Resources (Federal):

Department of Homeland Security:

FDIC and Other Bank/Lending Regulators:

  • All federal agencies that regulate all U.S. financial institutions issued a written statement on Sunday, March 22, 2020 (attached).  In it, these agencies provided the following sweeping guidance to all financial institutions nationwide:
  • The agencies encourage financial institutions to work prudently with borrowers who are or may be unable to meet their contractual payment obligations because of the effects of COVID-19.
  • The agencies view loan modification programs as positive actions that can mitigate adverse effects on borrowers due to COVID-19.
  • The agencies will not criticize institutions for working with borrowers and will not direct supervised institutions to automatically categorize all COVID-19 related loan modifications as troubled debt restructurings (TDRs).
  • Citing bank-related accounting methodology from both GAAP and FASB perspectives, the agencies explain that short-term modifications made on a good faith basis in response to COVID-19 to borrowers who were current prior to any relief will not automatically be characterized as TDRs.  This has the historic impact of freeing up banks to temporarily defer monthly payments or extend maturity dates with the fear of hobbling a banks’ loan portfolio or requiring additional capital reserves with TDR designations. 
  • Note that the agencies provide an example of “short term modifications” as being six-month deferrals. 
  • Note also the agencies suggest that such modifications should be available only to borrowers who are “current” which they defined as “less than 30 days past due” before the implementation of a modification. 
  • https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2020/fil20022.html
     

US Small Business Administration: