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Updated on 5/21/20.  To obtain information on developments since then, please reach out to the Association office.  If you are on our email lists, you will receive information as it is released into the public space.

Your Association is open and working to keep you informed on issues and government action related to the coronavirus pandemic.

We have vigorously worked with our state and federal officials to identify our automobile dealerships as an “essential business” in the event there is a government-mandated shutdown of all “non-essential” businesses.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued UPDATED guidance, which identifies key industries that are allowed to continue operations in the event of a federal shutdown/quarantine declaration. Automobile and truck dealerships appear to be included as part of that group (see pages 9-10) based on several references to employees who support personal, commercial, and critical transportation services. As such, dealership sales, rental, service, and parts departments would be allowed to continue to operate, subject to state law. Please contact your association office with any questions.

Other websites and articles related to COVID-19 are listed below. Please give us a call at the office and let us know if you have any questions.

Articles & News Releases

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19

By | March 23, 2020 |

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 21, 2020, small businesses located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern…

DHS Guidance Includes Auto Repair as Essential Critical Infrastructure

By | March 20, 2020 |

More information continues to come from Washington related to the pandemic and potential business closures nationwide. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued the following guidance, which identifies key industries that would be allowed to operate should a federal shutdown/quarantine be declared. Auto Repair facilities would be included as part of that group, and…

Trump Administration Moves Tax Day to July 15

By | March 20, 2020 |

The deadline for filing tax returns will be postponed three months to July 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced. The decision comes after widespread complaints over the administration’s previous plan to give people who owed the IRS an additional 90 days to pay, without penalties or interest, yet still required…

President Signs H.R. 6201

By | March 19, 2020 |

PRES. TRUMP SIGNS FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT PREPARE TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE AND FMLA – APRIL 2 EFFECTIVE DATE Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump, upon final Senate passage hours earlier, signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act is an economic stimulus plan that attempts to address the impact of…

BCBS of ND Response to COVID-19

By | March 17, 2020 |

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s (BCBSND) top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of all North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They continue to monitor the situation and are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and federal guidelines and recommendations. BCBSND has developed an action plan…

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