Legislation

Statewide & Official Information

Here you’ll find up to date information from government, official organizations and state by state plans and procedures for reopening.  

State by State Information

STATELINKS

Alabama

Alabama Public Health .gov

Alaska

Alaska DHSS .gov

Arizona

Arizona DHS .gov

Arkansas

Healthy Arkansas .gov

California

California CDPH .gov

CA Riverside County PH .org

CA LaQuinta PSS .gov

Colorado

Colorado DPHE .gov

Connecticut

Connecticut DPH .gov

Delaware

Delaware DHSS .gov

Florida

Florida Health .gov

Georgia

Georgia DPH .gov

Hawaii

Health Hawaii .gov

Idaho

Health and Welfare Idaho .gov

Illinois

Illinois DPH .gov

Indiana

Indiana ISDH .gov

Iowa

Iowa IDPH .gov

Kansas

Kansas KDHEKS .gov

Kentucky

Kentucky CHFS .gov

Louisiana

Louisiana LDH .gov

Maine

Maine DHHS .gov

Maryland

Health Maryland .gov

Massachusetts

Massachusetts DPH .gov

Michigan

Michigan MDHHS .gov

Minnesota

Minnesota Health .us

Mississippi

Mississippi MSDH .gov

Missouri

Missouri Health .gov

Montana

Montana DPHHS .gov

Nebraska

Nebraska DHHS .gov

Nevada

Nevada DHHS .gov

New Hampshire

New Hampshire DHHS .gov

New Jersey

New Jersey Health .gov

New Mexico

New Mexico Health .org

New York

New York Health .gov

North Carolina

North Carolina NCDHHS .gov

North Dakota

North Dakota Health .gov

Ohio

Ohio ODH .gov

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Health .gov

Oregon

Oregon .egov.com

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Health .gov

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Health .gov

South Carolina

South Carolina SCDHEC .gov

South Dakota

South Dakota DOH .gov

Tennessee

Tennessee Health .gov

Texas

Texas DSHS .gov

Utah

Utah Health .gov

Vermont

Vermont Health .gov

Virginia

Virginia VDH .gov

Washington

Washington DOH .gov

West Virginia

West Virginia .gov

Wisconsin

Wisconsin DHS .gov

Wyoming

Wyoming Health .gov

Resources & Tools

Patents & Novel Ideas

Getting guidance and help.

Yes, there’s a lot to know and it’s a moving target. Safe Doors Open goal is to evaluate and condense legislation important to your industry. As updates roll out, we’ll provide value-added, relevant information. Let’s begin with good news for small businesses.

Does your business have 500 or fewer employees?

Among the near-term offerings for small US businesses — considered to be any company with 500 or fewer employers — previously passed legislation has been modified. What emergency funding means for small businesses: a lifeline to stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis.

On April 10, 2020, the 3rd National Small Business Town Hall took place. The virtual event was led by inc.com’s editor-at-large Kimberley Weisul, with the US Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and chief policy officer Neil Bradley, as well as a panel of industry experts. Updating companies across the US on Small Business Administration (SBA) initiatives, key facts included funding criteria of the stimulus package (CARES Act), created to expedite emergency cash relief to individuals and companies.

Updates: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Two key programs are the EIDL and the PPP for small businesses, entrepreneurs and sole proprietors. The priority is to keep small businesses going and people employed. By keeping people on the payroll through the crisis, the intention is that companies will be in a better position when the economy improves.

High demand. Low interest rates.

Not surprisingly, with the overwhelming demand, some requirements have changed. For example, the PPP program stipulates you must use 75% of the loan to pay employees on your payroll for the short-term if you want to convert the loan to a grant with loan forgiveness. At the risk of stating the obvious, if you qualify, you don’t have to pay the loan back. You can also use funds for other business expenses: utilities, rent, mortgage and interest payments. At this time, the loans are shaping up to be two-year loans with a 1% interest rate (unless they convert to a grant). For now, at least.

Lend a helping hand.

As a business owner, even if you’ve let employees go, you can re-hire them. More than that, even if your business is not open, you can support employees with payroll cash payments through the transition. And perhaps create a heightened level of loyalty for the long term.

A financial cap. An organized response.

Initially, the program provided up to $10K per company which has been modified to up to $1K per employee (still with a maximum cap of $10K per business). Officials are also considering rolling the EIDL into the PPP which, as it turns out, could be a good thing. And while the loans don’t include 1099 independent contractors, who may be key to your business, contractors are now eligible to receive funds separately. They simply must apply on their own. Further, if you have an existing SBA loan, you’re being offered a six-month payment deferment. In addition, both landlords and lenders are being asked to extend a 90-day grace period so businesses can get a breather.

Cash is king. Maybe the whole monarchy.

Lending institutions are stepping up to help financially. The initial $349B approved for small businesses, based on six weeks’ payroll for every US small business, will likely need to expand. It is expected that additional legislation and funding will be rolled out. The numbers thus far are based on a projection that, of all US small businesses, one in 10 can last for one month without revenues. And one in four can survive two to three months. In other words, not long. Cash flow rules.

Stay in the know.

Words to the wise: continue to monitor the situation for updates. As Bradley cautioned all businesses, “pay attention.” Now more than ever, staying in the know is essential.

To learn more, go to covid19relief.sba.gov.

For information on the application process, contact SBA Customer Service at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or go to DisasterCustomerService.sba.gov.