Companies noticeably feel the effects of the Coronavirus
|Almost 70% of the companies that responded to our survey sent out last week, expressed great concern about the impact of the US/Europe travel ban. Companies are indicating that they are being affected by the cancelled events, trade shows and business trips but also the uncertainty about traveling back and forth between the US & the Netherlands.|
We would like to provide all of you with our most recent findings, in the hope that they may be useful in giving you a complete and up-to-date view of the situation.
|USA & NETHERLANDS|
|FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT|
H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bipartisan bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 18 authorizes free testing for coronavirus, and paid emergency leave. It will go into effect on April 2. Our members Stanton Law and Hall Booth Smith have further information on their blogs.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
In addition to the tax credits provided for businesses in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Small Business Administration is also offering low interest loans to businesses impact by COVID-19. Please click here for more information.
GA District office
GEORGIA PUBLIC HEALTH STATE OF EMERGENCY
Please click here to read the Executive Order, this declaration is in effect until April 15, 2020.
Governor Kemp introduced changes to applying for partial unemployment insurance in anticipation of furloughs relating to the coronavirus. Employers have new filing obligations as a result. Please click here for more information.
Information on how states in the Southeast are dealing with employee layoffs and unemployment insurance (click on the state for additional information):
As from Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 6:00pm Netherlands time (1pm Atlanta), entry conditions to the Netherlands will be stricter. Read the questions and answers for more detailed information about the travel ban here.
Register with the information service of the embassy for all updates on COVID19, consular services, travel advice, and more → sign up here
Are you traveling in the US? Please find the latest travel advisory (Dutch) here
Information about traveling to and from different parts of the world is changing quickly. Please refer to the CDC’s travel page for the latest updates.
And if you are flying on KLM from the US to the Netherlands or plan to do so, please read the Message from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines USA:
Due to the ongoing evolution of the coronavirus (covid-19) situation, many countries around the world are deciding to implement restrictive entry measures into their territories. As of 23 March, we will be cancelling a significant portion of our flight schedule worldwide. Until March 23rd, KLM will operate the following schedule to the United States with reduced frequency:
New York JFK (daily, expected to operate after March 23)
Los Angeles (daily until March 29, expected to operate on reduced frequency after that)
Atlanta (daily until March 24, expected to operate on reduced frequency after that)
Chicago (flights scheduled for March 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27, expected to operate on reduced frequency after that)
San Francisco (flights scheduled for March 19- 22 and the last flight scheduled for March 24)
Washington DC (flights scheduled for March 19 and 22 and last flight scheduled for March 24)
Miami (last flight scheduled for March 19)
Next to above flights operated by KLM, Delta Air Lines will operate daily flights from ATL and DTW. KLM is working with partners Air France and Delta Air Lines to ensure passengers will be able to connect between all gateways in Europe and the USA. We are committed to serving our passengers but we anticipate further reductions to our flight schedule so please check our website regularly for the latest information. If you are currently far from your home, we invite you to anticipate your return trip now by contacting your usual point of sale or via our website. To be able to help passengers that have an imminent departure first, we kindly ask you to check for latest information on our website, (re)book flights via My Trip and not contact us unless your flight is scheduled within the next 72 hours. Please check for the latest flight information and rebooking options:
KLM latest information on COVID-19: updates.klm.com
Rebook via My Trip
Connect with us via Social Media here
Connect with us via KLM Customer Contact Center: +1 800-618-0104
Air France latest information on COVID-19 here
Delta Air Lines latest information on COVID-19 here
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff at the contact centre will be happy to answer your questions on topics such as passports, travel advice and the legalization of documents, please click here
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATIONLatest updates from the World Health Organization here