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COVID-19 State and Local Jurisdictional Update

State UpdateAs states and local jurisdictions enact partial or full shutdowns of business, it is critical for PESA to ensure that all elements of our sector and the critical supply chain remain open and permitted to operate throughout the crisis. Below, please find a detailed list of the current orders in the states and jurisdictions where many of our members operate.

TEXAS
As of March 31, Gov. Gregg Abbot has NOT issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. He did extend social distancing guidelines through April 30 and announced Texas schools will be closed through May 4. Counties under a stay-at-home order are Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burnet, Caldwell, Cameron, Castro, Chambers, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, El Paso, Fort Bend, Fort Worth, Galveston, Gregg, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Hildalgo, Hunt, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Lampasas, Leon, Liberty, Llano, Lubbock, McLennan, McClennan, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Pearland, Polk, Potter, Randall, Robertson, Rockwall, Sabine, San Augustine, San Antonio, San Jacinto, Scurry, Smith, Starr, Tarrant, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Waco, Wichita Falls, Willacy, Williamson and Young. Cities with similar orders include Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Marfa, Marion, McKinney, Odessa and Waco.

Gov Abbott has expanded quarantine restrictions to air travelers from California, Washington state and Louisiana as state troopers enforce the quarantine along the Texas-Louisiana border.

HOUSTON
Houston and Harris County have extended their respective ‘stay-home, work-safe’ orders through April 30.

MIDLAND
Currently, the City of Midland encourages residents to practice social distancing and other recommendations from the CDC but has not issued a shelter in place. Cities under a similar order are Austin, El Paso, San Antonio and Waco.

The county issued a proclamation requiring those who test positive for COVID-19 and those sharing a residence with someone who has tested positive, must self-quarantine and only leave the residence to seek medical care.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Montgomery County has extended its stay-at-home order through April 30.

ODESSA
On March 30, Mayor David Turner issued a shelter-in-place order.

Determine if your business has been deemed essential by Texas Executive Order GA-14.

Texas Business Resources During COVID-19

OKLAHOMA
Gov. Kevin Stitt has called for a special legislative session on Monday, April 6 to address revenue failure and the state health emergency.

As of March 30, anyone traveling to Oklahoma is expected to self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival. On March 31, the Oklahoma City Council approved $5.5 million in assistance to help small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis. The city plans to take applications for assistance beginning April 6. The application window will close at midnight April 17. More details are available here.

All non-essential businesses must shut down as of April 1; however, the governor still has not issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. Gov. Stitt did extend the “safer-at-home” order through the month of April for residents 65 and older or those who have a compromised immune system.

The Oklahoma legislative session is on hold, but lawmakers are working from home to patch the current year’s budget, which will include a revenue shortfall, and build a budget for next year. Legislators are figuring out what legislation to prioritize, including any legislative actions necessary to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, when they return to the chambers.

OKLAHOMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

OKLAHOMA CITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
The city is under a shelter-in-place order until April 16.

CITY OF TULSA COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER
Mayor G.T. Bynum has issued a safer-at-home order for Tulsa through April 30.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE COVID-19 RESOURCES

OKLAHOMA WORKS COVID-19 RESOURCES

Use this link to determine if your business has been deemed critical.

NEW MEXICO
More than a dozen of NM’s county clerks asked the state Supreme Court on March 30 for an emergency order that would allow them to move to a mail-in election for the June 2 primary. Absentee, and early voting begins May 5. At a March 31 press conference, Gov. Lujan Grisham said businesses should prepare for current restrictions to last through April and possibly mid-May.

LEA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

LEA COUNTY COVID-19 RESOURCES
As of March 30, Lea County had two COVID-19 cases.

NEW MEXICO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT COVID-19 RESOURCES

CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE COVID-19 BUSINESS GUIDE

Use this link to determine if your business has been deemed essential.

LOUISIANA
On April 1, the governor extended the stay-at-home order until April 30 while the number of cases in the state continues to grow. He also announced a new Louisiana Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5%. A total loan pool of $50 million will be disbursed to eligible small businesses. Louisiana lawmakers filed more than 20 pieces of legislation on March 31 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The legislature is in recess until the end of April.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

NEW ORLEANS OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
In New Orleans nearly 2,200 people have tested positive for the virus.

LOUISIANA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

COLORADO
Colorado’s stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30. When the governor issued the order, he added that outdoor exercise is permitted as an “essential” activity. He suggested residents cut back outdoor activities and mix in indoor alternatives. He encouraged residents to stay in their city to recreate and not go to the mountains because those small communities have been reeling from the crisis. Late closures of ski areas are believed to be contributors to higher rates of infection in mountain towns.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said they hope to mail unemployment checks within two weeks.

Colorado’s two top oil and gas producers Occidental Petroleum and Noble Energy are cutting pay and hours and furloughing workers. Noble will place roughly 30% of its U.S. workforce on furlough or part-time starting April 6.

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled lawmakers do not have to meet for 120 consecutive days during a declared public health emergency. The regular legislative session is limited to 120 days and was scheduled to conclude May 6, so lawmakers reached out the court to see if the 50 days remaining in the session could be scheduled after the crisis.

COLORADO DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

WELD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
As of March 31, Weld County has 296 COVID-19 cases.

DENVER OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The city is considering extending its stay-at-home order to match the state’s.

COLORADO COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

Use this link to determine if your business has been deemed critical.

PENNSYLVANIA
On April 1, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state. Legislators are working on a $50 million grant program for ultra-small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development offers working capital loans that could help businesses impacted by the virus. Loans applications can be downloaded at sba.gov/disaster.

PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

PITTSBURGH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Western Pennsylvania has 643 confirmed cases.

PENNSYLVANIA COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Use this link to determine if your business has been deemed critical.

OHIO
On April 2, Gov. Mike DeWine extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 1 and retail businesses that are open will now have to establish a maximum number of people who can be inside the store.

To help small businesses, the governor signed an executive order asking lenders and landlords to suspend rent and mortgage collections from commercial tenants for 90 days.

The legislature continues to debate how to finish the primary election.

OHIO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

PORTAGE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

MEDINA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

WYOMING
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has approved a tax cut for oil and gas producers that would take effect if low prices persist. When average oil prices fall below $50 per barrel for at least a year, severance taxes would be lowered from 6% to 4%. The law goes into effect July 1. The 2% reduction applies for the six months after a well goes into production. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council are offering $300,000 in grants to support businesses in order to avert or shorten layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 31, Wyoming had 109 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which puts it among the five states with the fewest confirmed cases so far. As of March 31, Wyoming is the only state without a confirmed COVID-19 death. There is no stay-at-home order for the state.

WYOMING OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY

WYOMING BUSINESS COUNCIL

CITY OF CHEYENNE COVID-19 UPDATES

CASPER/NATRONA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Use this link to determine if your business has been deemed critical.


An analysis by the Associated Press shows as the coronavirus continues to spread through mainly large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins shows that 1,297 counties have no confirmed cases out of 3,142 counties nationwide. Experts worry these counties have inadequate testing and cases do exist in these rural areas.

As of March 30, 27 states have issued stay-at-home orders including Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

If you have questions or need help working with any state or local authorities, please contact VP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley.