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Coronavirus Resource Guide

We are once again updating this guide today, April 3, 2020. We are providing the Public Law number for H.R.748 and links to recent presidential actions. We have added a link which lists all the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports on this topic as well as links to additional Federal agency websites including IRS and Small Business Administration. We have included resources for information about quarantine orders in the states as well as state unemployment resources. We have added additional Law Library Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles and organized these by region. These updates have (new) at the end of the entry so the added content is easy to identify.

This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide information to Congress about the novel coronavirus. In addition, we provide links to relevant federal agency websites. We intend to update this guide on at least a weekly basis for the immediate future.

United States Legislation

Public Law 116-136, (CARES) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (passed by Congress) (public law number is new)

Public Law 116-127, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Public Law 116-123, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 

Congress.gov

Proposed legislation relating to the novel coronavirus can be searched through the Library’s Congress.gov website. You can search for legislation through the homepage or explore other Search methods. Here is a broad starter query that finds current legislation about COVID-19  You can then set up Alerts so you are notified any time there is an action on a bill.

You can also use Congress.gov to explore the Most-Viewed bills, check the Congressional Record or look up your members.

Presidential Actions

  • Presidential Memorandum, 85 F.R. 18411, Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19, March 30, 2020 (new)
  • Presidential Memorandum, 85 F.R. 18409, Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19, March 28, 2020 (new)
  • Executive Order 13912, 85 F.R.18407, National Emergency Authority to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty (new)
  • Executive Order 13911, 85 F.R. 18403, Delegating Additional Authority Under the Defense Production Act with Respect to Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19 (new)
  • Executive Order 13909, 85 F.R. 16227, Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19
  • Presidential Memorandum Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19
  • Proclamation No. 9996, 85 F.R. 15341: Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (applied to persons traveling to the U.S. who have been in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland within the preceding 14 days)
  • Proclamation No. 9994, 85 F.R. 15337:  Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) Outbreak
  • Presidential Memorandum, 85 F.R. 15049: Making General Use Respirators Available
  • Proclamation No. 9993, 85 F.R. 15045 : Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (applied to persons traveling to the U.S. who have been in the Schengen Area within the preceding 14 days)
  • Proclamation No. 9992, 85 F.R. 12855: Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (applied to persons traveling to the U.S. who have been in the Islamic Republic of Iran within the preceding 14 days)
  • Proclamation No. 9984, 85 F.R. 6709: Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (applied to persons traveling to the U.S. who have been the People’s Republic of China in the preceding 14 days, excluding Macau and Hong Kong)

U.S. Government Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus.gov

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Coronavirus Tax Relief 

IRS Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know

U.S. Department of Treasury Deferral of 2019 Tax Payments

Benefits.gov Help Center and Coronavirus Resources

Department of Labor (DOL) Coronavirus Resources

Medicare Information on Coverage for COVID-19 tests and Treatments

Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Information on Coronavirus Scams and How to Report Scams (new)

State Government Information

You can use the Law Library’s Guide to Law Online for U.S. States and Territories to locate information about state actions taken in response to the novel coronavirus. Each state or territory has its own page in the Guide: see for example New Mexico. Each state page is organized in the same way with links divided into the various categories such as Constitution or Executive. Links to a state governor’s office and state administrative regulations can be found under the Executive header on each page while existing laws and pending state legislation can be found under the Legislative header

CareerOneStop (sponsored by DOL) – provides information on state unemployment benefits (new)

Lawfare Quarantine and Isolation Authorities in States Affected by COVID-19 (new)

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has created a page with information about State Tax Filing Guidance during the novel coronavirus Pandemic.

National Conference on State Legislatures State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

CRS reports can be accessed and searched from a link on the Congress.gov homepage. We are listing some of the more recent reports below but here is a link to the full list of reports (new link) prepared by CRS and organized by topic.

Law Library Posts

Law Library Global Legal Monitor Articles (new – organized by region)

Africa/Middle East

Asia

Europe

United States

International 

Users can search for GLM articles using Topics including “Epidemics” or “Infectious or parasitic diseases.” Users can also set up RSS feeds by Topic or Country and receive an alert when a new article is published.

Law Library of Congress Legal Reports

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us through Ask a Librarian.

As promised, we are updating this guide today, March 27, 2020, with links to additional legislation (H.R.748), presidential actions, CRS reports, U.S. and state government resources and Law Library Global Legal Monitor Articles.  The updates have (new) at end of the entry so the added content is easy to identify.

12 Comments

  1. Marcelo
    March 20, 2020 at 8:58 am

    This is spectacularly useful! Thanks for putting this together!

  2. Margaret Wood
    March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The Public Law number for H.R.6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been added to the post.

  3. John Tavolacci
    March 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Great Stuff! Should be front and center!!

  4. Laura Olsen
    March 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for providing this aggregated and curated list. Most useful.

  5. Jon
    March 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    My employer don’t want to answer my questions they just tell me to
    Use vacation leave to take off with kids over school closed
    I will have no time left soon … that act passed on March 18th does that
    Help me any … they don’t want to find out for me please help

  6. Margaret Wood
    March 23, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Please send us this question through the Law Library’s Ask A Librarian service where it will be assigned to a reference librarian

  7. Carmen A. Cote
    March 25, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for all these interesting information. I just wonder if somebody knows What is the reason our loan’s interests are still running, and we still could be in default if we do not pay the loans on time even with our businesses closed. Why we do not have a Federal legislation extending for a period of 90 days the trigger point of any private contract upon which a creditors, landlords, banks etc. may imposing late fees and other penalties or declare a default under the contractual agreement?

  8. Dustin Ballantine
    March 26, 2020 at 9:33 am

    It’s absolutely ridiculous that you do not have information in this article about the $2 Trillion stimulus bill, H.R. 748 which is very convoluted and uninformed on your site. Still can’t find the actual text that passed the Senate last night. This should be easily available to an US citizen looking for it.

  9. Jackie
    March 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Are churches eligible to participate under just passed coronavirus stimulus package? Thank you

  10. Margaret Wood
    March 27, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for your question. Please submit it through our Ask-a-Librarian service at //www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-law.html.

  11. Margaret Wood
    March 27, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    The text of H.R.748 as passed by the Senate has been added to Congress.gov. We have also added some CRS reports to this post which you may find helpful in understand the legislation.

  12. Margaret Wood
    March 27, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for your question. Please submit it through our Ask-a-Librarian service at //www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-law.html.

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