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COVID-19 Update for Clubs: Update on Next Stimulus Bill & Vaccine Information – 12-16-20

Club Updates – Dec. 16 As the number of cases of coronavirus surges across the U.S., NCA continues to keep clubs informed on new and updated federal and state mandates and restrictions and news related to the private club industry. Please be sure to visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for the most up-to-date information to keep your club informed on COVID-19.

Legislative Update

Congress Close To Wrapping Up Work

With the standard D.C. caveat, “there’s no deal until there’s a deal” Congress appears close to reaching an agreement on coronavirus relief. While details are still being worked out and drafted into legislative language, the package is expected to come in at roughly $1 trillion and will include direct payments to Americans somewhere between $600 and $700. The relief package extends unemployment assistance with an additional $300 per week through March and provides roughly $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Eligibility for the program is largely the same as it has been with the exception of allowing some 501(c)(6) organizations to secure loans for the first time. Unfortunately, 501(c)(7) social and recreational clubs are not eligible. The package also provides funds for s chools, testing and vaccine distribution. The bill will be hitching a ride on the $1.4 trillion appropriations omnibus package to fund the federal government. Lawmakers must pass the legislation and the President must sign it before 11:59 Friday night to avoid a government shutdown.

Biden Inauguration Limited

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced it will be limiting the number of people attending the swearing in due to the pandemic. The ceremony will still be held on the West front of the Capitol where has been held since President Ronal Reagan moved it there in 1981. Joint Committee leaders indicated it is likely Members of Congress will receive just one ticket for a guest, whereas in previous years 200,000 were issued for reserved areas nearest the stage.

The CDC has published and updated a significant number of COVID-19 and vaccine materials and resources on their dashboard. Please continue to check these for information on topics like recommended quarantine periods and return-to-work guidance. To highlight a few of the recent updates:

Health equity
Know your travel risk
How CDC is making vaccine recommendations
When to stop isolating

HHS has started a new website with resources for combating COVID-19 and understanding what to do if you have COVID-19, have recovered or never had it.

The comprehensive COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance provides the latest recommendations from leading health and safety authorities including CDC, FDA, EPA, OSHA and ASHRAE and is designed to help the restaurants continue to operate safely and efficiently during the pandemic. National Restaurant Association.

Can Employers Make COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory?, National Law Review & SHRM
Looming Deadline Could Push States to Misspend CARES Act Money, PEW Trusts

State Updates

Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts to Put Pennsylvania on Pause through Early January, PA Gov.
Oregon Officials Revamp Crisis-Care Guidelines as Coronavirus Cases Spike, Oregon Live

Data Insights From Alignable Rent Poll: The survey data regarding rent was tabulated from 9,204 small business owners and indicated nearly half of minority-owned businesses cannot afford December rent, up from 32% in November. See the full article here.

News Updates
4 Evolving Hotel Trends to Help Operators Stay Afloat in 2021, Restaurant Business
CDC Shortens Recommended COVID-19 Quarantine Period to Seven to 10 Days, WSJ
Charlotte City Club Reopens with Special Technology that Claims, WSOC TV
American’s Beer Consumption up 19% During the Pandemic, Top Agency
Covid Shrinks the Labor Market, Pushing Out Women and Baby Boomers, WSJ
GCs Bracing For Wave Of COVID-19-Based Employment Suits, Law360
How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has – and Hasn’t – Changed the Way Americans Work, Pew Research Center
The Changing Geography of COVID-19 in the U.S., Pew Research Center
Alignable: 49% Of Minority SMBs Can’t Afford December Rent, Alignable

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Stay Up to Date
The National Club Association is continuing to closely monitor this crisis and will provide you with the best information available to help your club during this difficult time. Please visit NCA’s Coronavirus Resource Center. To submit questions or to share your club’s resources and plans, please use this link. For more information, contact Cindy Vizza at 202-822-9822 or [email protected]