Wearing masks would also be a key part of the strategy. No large organized events would be held until at least early September and many people would still work from home, Wilmes said.For now, home improvement stores and garden centers could reopen, albeit with social distancing in place.Residents of nursing homes with elderly or disabled people could now identify a single person allowed to visit, provided that person had not shown any symptoms in the previous two weeks.”It is not impossible some people will see this as an easing of the basic rules. But there is not the case. They remain as they are until May 3 and must absolutely be respected. We have not arrived at the stage of an exit,” she said. Topics : Belgium has extended measures to control the spread of the coronavirus to May 3, with a slight easing of restrictions to allow home improvement stores and garden centers to open and limited visits to care homes.Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told a news conference on Wednesday her government and economic and medical experts would meet next week to organize a gradual return towards normality from early May.”The prospect of a better future is within our reach,” she said. “The strategy will be based on certain pillars – maintaining a safe distance, large-scale screening and also tracing … and the development of new rules at the workplace.” Neighboring France on Tuesday extended its lockdown measures until May 11.Belgium’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passed 33,000, with 4,440 deaths. Medical experts told a daily news conference it appeared a peak had been reached early in April, with the number of people admitted to hospital steadily falling since.”What we observe is that, after a sharp increase in the number of cases, we now have a slow but real declining trend,” clinical microbiologist Emmanuel Andre said.
Governor Wolf Requests Disaster Declaration for Small Businesses and Non-Profits to Obtain Loans SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 18, 2020 Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement an SBA disaster declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.“The impact of financial losses related to COVID-19 will be felt for years to come,” said Gov. Wolf. “But these low-interest loans can help bridge the gap between economic losses now and economic recovery in the future.”SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vitaleconomic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they areexperiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.The application process will be facilitated online. Details on how to apply, as well as deadlines, will be established once the governor’s request is granted.In addition to making sure that this federal funding for small business assistance is available, the Wolf Administration is working with the General Assembly to make sure state funding is available for small business assistance too. Small businesses can apply through the Small Business First Fund (SBD), an existing PIDA loan program. More information is available at www.dced.pa.gov/PIDA.Read Governor Wolf’s Letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration as a PDF or on Scribd.2020.3.18 TWW – SBA Request – COVID-19 – Commonwealthwide by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd