The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused an unprecedented experience for our industry, and the communities we serve.
ASLRRA is working hard on our members’ behalf in a number of areas, and we will be providing updates as needed via this page. Association staff members
are available to assist members with any question as the industry navigates this difficult period. Although ALRRA’s offices are closed per DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Order 2020-053, our staff is working from home and available for you.
On Friday, June 5, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010
) into law. The bill improves the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by extending deadlines and providing more flexibility for borrowers who will seek loan forgiveness.
On April 13, OSHA announced its “Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic
” which provides flexibility for addressing reports of workplace hazards related to the coronavirus. Fatalities and imminent danger exposures related to the coronavirus will be prioritized for on-site inspections.
On April 9, the US Customs and Border Control provided a new memorandum
which provides updated guidance on shipments of scarce or threatened health or medical resources, focused on commercial quantities. The full temporary final rule
has been published in the Federal Register. On April 19, 2020, template letters of attestation were provided for railroad use in the following circumstances PPE contractually procured
before Jan 1, 2020; movement with the company or corporation
for internal use; cloth and paper face coverings
not covered by the federal prioritization; and hand sanitizer and cleaning solutions
to maintain workplace hygiene.