Coronavirus Government Response Update—SBA Issues Ruling on Paycheck Protection Program


Welcome to the Coronavirus Government Response Update. This information is intended to keep ISSA members up to date on fast-moving government affairs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other public policy issues important to the cleaning industry. Today’s update touches on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issuing a Paycheck Protection Program interim final ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  continuing to add new products to the agency’s List N, the cleaning industry uniting for the future, and more.

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule Implementing Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA issued an interim final rule implementing the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to US$349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, veterans’ organizations, and tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

EPA Continues to Add New Surface Disinfectant Products to List N in Effort to Combat COVID-19
The EPA is continuing its commitment to increasing the availability of surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (List N) now contains over 360 products and has enhanced functionality to allow users to sort these products by surface type and use site. EPA is also continuing to expedite the review process for new disinfectants.

An Industry Unites: Pulling Together through Strategic Planning for the Future
Everyone is keeping a close eye on what the U.S. government is doing amid the coronavirus pandemic to help not only the population, but businesses as well. ISSA’s government affairs department, led by John Nothdurft, is working with many government entities and leaders to advance the call to action by the cleaning industry. “We are supporting small business relief, making sure the cleaning supply chain goes uninterrupted and is deemed essential, and monitoring other roadblocks facing the industry such as tariffs and labor related issues,” he said.

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