COVID19 Need To Know Updates: From Tax Date Change To Travel Suspensions

Here's some more NEED TO KNOW

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With updates everyday, from Tax Day moving from April 15 to July 15 and many metropolitan cities on lockdown (or 'Shelter-In-Place'), borders are now closed.

Borders closed for Canada & Mexico: As President Trump tweeted, "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!"

New York Assistance: President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas in the State of New York.

Financial Assistance: President Trump is signing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ensuring that American families and businesses impacted by the virus receive the strong support they need.

  • This legislation provides strong economic assistance to American businesses, workers, and families, alleviating financial burdens experienced by those affected by the virus.
  • The act provides free coronavirus diagnostic testing for the American people, regardless of their economic circumstances or health coverage.

Travel & Border Closure details: 

  • The United States has reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders.
  • The United States will expeditiously return aliens who cross between ports of entry or are otherwise not allowed to enter the country, as the facilities in which these aliens would normally be held cannot support quarantine for the time needed to assess potential cases.
    • These aliens are processed in stations designed for short-term processing, where distancing is not a viable option, creating a serious danger of an outbreak.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that these conditions present a serious infection control challenge and are a risk to public health.
    • Should an outbreak occur at these facilities, local medical facilities would be forced to devote extensive resources and may become overwhelmed.
    • This action will also protect the health of our country’s dedicated border agents and other law enforcement personnel, who are vital to the security of our Nation.
  • Trade and business travel will continue to operate across our borders, ensuring workers and goods are not impeded.
    • American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and individuals with valid travel documents will be exempted.
    • CBP will continue to process cargo, as there has been no identified health threat related to cargo shipments.
    • Entry for trade and business travel will continue to operate with additional screening.

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