Non-essential Businesses ordered to close in CT & MA:
- Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered all businesses and organizations that are not providing essential services to close, effective Tuesday March 24th at noon. Baker said the order will run until April 7.
- Connecticut: Governor Lamont has signed an executive order directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions, effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
- For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit the official page of the Rhode Island Department of Health. People or businesses with general questions about COVID-19 and how to follow the latest guidance should call 401-222-8022, or if the call is outside of business hours, call 211.
- HealthSource RI opens special enrollment period – Due to the potential growth of COVID-19, a special enrollment period for any RI resident without healthcare may enroll in a plan through HealthSourceRI until April 15.
- Please remember to fill out your census when you receive it in the mail. Public health funding and supplies received are all determined based on census data.
- The IRS is moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
- The RI Division of Taxation will mirror the federal extensions and as of March 20th, was awaiting the issuance of written guidance from the Internal Revenue Service. The Division intends to post further guidance as soon as possible. Follow updates on http://www.tax.ri.gov/COVID/.
The RI Public Utilities Commission has directed all electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities regulated by the Public Utilities Commission to cease certain collections activities, including service terminations for nonpayment. This moratorium extends to 4/15/20 for residential customers and to 3/31/20 for non-residential customer accounts.
Small Business Assistance
- Self-Employed, Small Business Included in Emergency Aid Measures: Expansion of paid sick leave/family medical leave, refundable tax credit for small businesses and some self-employed persons announced March 18th.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) loans & Resources – The SBA has provided guidance and resources for businesses and employers to respond to COVID-19, including information regarding the economic injury disaster loans, local assistance, and SBA products & resources.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) support small businesses facing a temporary loss of revenue as well as working capital. They can be used to pay debts, including payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid due to a disaster. View the program summary and SBA Response to COVID-19 (PDF: 117 KB). All small businesses can apply for an EIDL, by visiting the SBA’s online application. Additionally SBA’s RI network of resource partners is ready to assist: RI Small Business Development Center, RI Score, RI Women’s Business Center and RI Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Loans are available for up to $2 million.
- On March 23rd, the SBA announced an automatic deferment on existing SBA Disaster Loans through the end of 2020 to help borrowers still paying back loans from previous (pre-Covid-19) disasters.
- If companies have questions regarding access to capital and other lending options, please call the RI Small Business Hotline at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail email@example.com.
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- The RI Department of Business Regulation has the application for unemployment insurance on its site. If you are an independent contractor, click here for updates.
- *NEW*: NAR Releases Unemployment Assistance CARES Act FAQ – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides relief to families, small businesses, and individuals who are self-employed and independent contractors. A key provision in the law creates a temporary “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals. Below is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Click here for the new FAQ
- The State House will be closed to visitors as of March 17th, 2020.
- Open meetings may be held by phone or video conference when there is a provision for members of the public to participate.
Information REALTORS® Need to Know
This page and the pages below will be continually updated as information becomes available.
- RI REALTORS®COVID-19 Information Center.
- RIAR/MLS Office/Staffing/Cancellations
- Real Estate Specific Updates: Federal, State and Municipal Resources & Guidance for REALTORS
- COVID-19 FAQs for REALTORS
Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Please check this website often for updates. If you have further questions after reviewing this information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For legal questions, please contact Monica Staaf – General Counsel at 401-432-6945 or email@example.com.