The RV Industry Association is in constant contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to COVID-19, monitoring the spread of this virus and its potential impact on the RV industry. Our top priority is the safety of our industry's employees, members and communities. Below are resources for your companies to use during this unprecedented situation and we will work to share additional information as it becomes available.
RV Industry Talking Points
The RV Industry Association has provided the following talking points for members and industry to use when speaking about how the RV industry is uniquely able to assist in managing this ongoing crisis and it's essential to keep RV manufacturing, dealers and campgrounds open.
The CARES Act
On Friday, March 27, the House passed a “Phase 3” economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Senate previously passed the CARES Act on Wednesday, March 25 by a unanimous vote of 96-0. The stimulus package includes over $2 trillion in spending and tax relief including forgivable loans to small businesses, direct payments and tax relief for individuals, tax relief for businesses, financial assistance for vulnerable industries, additional health funding and policies, and additional assistance for financial markets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on the business provisions relevant to the RV industry please check out our CARES Act Resource Guide.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
Small businesses impacted by coronavirus-related issues between February 15 and June 30, 2020 can now apply for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program that provides $349 billion under the CARES Act for small business loans. All 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, tribal businesses with fewer than 500 employees, individuals who manage a sole proprietorship, and independent contractors are eligible. Each entity is limited to one loan, determined by the applicable taxpayer identification number. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020. Although this is the deadline, the Treasury Department encourages businesses to apply as quickly as possible due to concerns that high demand will cause the program to reach its funding cap of $349 billion prior to that date. It also notes that time needed by lenders to process applications is another reason to apply as quickly as possible.
What Does it Cover:
- Payroll costs
- Continuation of group health-care benefits
- Employee’s salaries, commissions, or similar compensation
- Rent & Utilities
- Interest on mortgage obligations
- Interest on any other debt obligations that were incurred before the relevant covered period
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Terms
- Interest rate: 1% fixed rate
- Maturity: 2 years
When Can You Apply For The Program?
- Now: Small Businesses and Sole Proprietorships
- April 10: Independent Contractors and Self-employed Individuals
The SBA has provided a tool to find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Coronavirus Background Information
Please use the following background information as a reference as you develop your own coronavirus response plans. The information below has been compiled from government agency resources and other association resources for your convenience and references and links to source material.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The CDC has provided Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease. The interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. In addition, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has worked with the CDC to give manufacturers clearer guidance on how to operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.
What you should know:
- Workplace, School, and Home Guidance
- People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
- How COVID-19 Spreads
- Steps to Prevent Illness
- What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19
Information for Businesses:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- U.S. Small Business Administration: COVID-19 Resources
- U.S. Department of Labor:
- World Health Organization: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency: Risk Management for COVID-19
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
- The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
How to Help
FEMA has established a website with information on how to help during this ongoing crisis. Examples include:
- To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to [email protected].
- If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
- If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email [email protected].
- For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit their Industry Liaison Program
State-By-State Actions And Updates
Below are three regularly updated resources to monitor the latest actions taken in states across the country. Check back daily for the latest information.
The map below features state Executive Orders to stay at home and close non-essential businesses.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has put together a resource to assist manufacturers in navigating this rapidly evolving landscape and understanding how to continue safe operations of manufacturing facilities. The resource includes a list of states highlighting emergency orders that range from guidance to orders to outright restrictions that threaten manufacturers’ ability to operate and contribute to the response to COVID-19.
Governors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of COVID-19. The National Governors Association has regularly updated information on what steps each of the states have taken to address COVID-19.
MultiState has also created a dashboard of resources on the state and local government response to COVID-19. The dashboard is updated daily and provides a quick and easy reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers.
For information on how to determine if your company meets the definition of an essential business in your state, please view the RV Industry Association’s Factors to Consider When Determining Whether a Business Qualifies as Essential in a State Executive Order guidance document.
A Message from the Elkhart County Department of Emergency Management and Mayor Rod Roberson
Elkhart County Department of Health announced today the first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the County. The local health department is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed. The patient is currently hospitalized and no additional information about the patient will be released due privacy laws.
“Elkhart county’s first case of Coronavirus COVID-19 has been confirmed. We have been anticipating this result and the message remains the same as it was at my Friday press conference: Stay home. The next several days to weeks will be critical for us to flatten the curve. What we do now will determine what next week and week after look like for Elkhart, for Indiana, and for the nation. I am meeting regularly with my response team, fellow mayors, and county officials as we continue to evaluate the changing circumstances. We will keep you updated.” Mayor Rod Roberson
The Elkhart County Commissioners, with recommendation from the Elkhart County COVID-19 Incident Management Team, being fully supported by the Mayors and Elkhart County Health Department, has put a travel advisory in place for all of Elkhart County as of 5:00 p.m. today. This travel advisory means that routine travel or activity is discouraged because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use discretion on what is necessary for daily living. With that, residents are advised to only travel for essential reasons such as work, grocery stores, dinner pick-ups, pharmacies or doctor appointments, helping and/or checking on family members.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will provide updates as new information becomes available.
Based on the information RV Industry Association has received from Indiana state officials, RV manufacturing qualifies as an essential business in the state of Indiana under Governor Eric Holcomb’s March 23 Executive Order (see top of page 8 of the Executive Order). On Friday, April 3, Gov. Holcomb extended his stay-at-home order through April 20.
Although RV manufacturing qualifies as an essential business, the intent of the Executive Order is to reduce the spread of the virus by getting as many Hoosiers as possible to stay home and work from home. The guidance encourages all businesses to consider what they can do to minimize the spread among their clients and their employees, even if they are considered essential. This includes determining their company’s “minimum basic operations” (Page 8, paragraph #15) and being flexible with employees, especially those most at risk.
Businesses must ensure social distancing, good hygiene and hand washing practices are taking place for employees who are on site, as well as checks being put in place to ensure sick employees are staying home.
White House Updates
- Latest News and Updates from the White House on Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html
Essential Businesses: RVs For Emergency Response
The RV Industry Association is currently engaging state officials, Congress, including RV Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative Jackie Walorksi (R-2-IN) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and the Vice President’s Coronavirus Taskforce o recognize how imperative it is that RV businesses are classified as essential, allowing RV dealers to remain open and able to provide RVs for the emergency response and RV parks and campgrounds to continue serving their customers, many of whom are providing vital services during this national health crisis.
RVs are uniquely able to be used as mobile staging units, testing facilities, command centers, sleeping units, mobile medical clinics, bathroom trailers, laundry facilities, and more. RV dealerships must be able to perform critical maintenance and repairs for consumers who are currently RVing and provide liquified petroleum gas refills for heat and refrigeration. Moreover, there are RV mobile medical clinics already on the road now that may need service. Additionally, RV parks and campgrounds play a vital role as for traveling medical personnel as their only source of temporary accommodations.
The RV Industry Association encourages our member companies to follow guidance from federal, state and local governments as it pertains to operational decisions.
The RV Industry Association is working closely with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and federal, state and private campground partners to provide solutions and advocate for the need to keep campgrounds open and accessible to RVers as long as there’s no threat to the health and safety of visitors, employees, and vital resources. RV parks and campgrounds must be considered essential businesses so they can continue to play a vital role as traveling nurses and medical personnel, families and Americans in between homes utilize RV parks and campgrounds as their only source of temporary accommodations. We've gathered several resources below that list open/closed parks and campgrounds. We recommend anyone seeking accommodations at a campground to contact them directly for the latest information.
KOA is diligently monitoring the situation around the clock and are actively working to help our campgrounds take precautions, find resources and ensure healthy stays across the US and Canada. Some KOA campgrounds have been closed. Click below for a list of campgrounds who are closed, due to local government shutdowns. KOA will continue to update this list in as real-time as possible.
Campground Views has created an online searchable database of parks that are accepting guests during the COVID-19 National Emergency. You can use the search function to specifiy the type of park you are looking for. Please contact the park for more information and specific information.
Campendium.com has created an online resource of parks and campgrounds closures. As always, understand that policies are changing quickly so call ahead for specific up-to-date information.
The U.S. and Canada agreed to temporarily close our shared border between the two countries to non-essential traffic. The Association has been in contact with Canadian Custom Officials to verify that trade, including the export of RVs, is still moving between the two countries. As additional updated are available, we will update this section.
Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries’ economies and ensure the health of our nations’ citizens. We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.
Floor Plan Fix
On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. Section 2306 of the bill temporarily increases the amount of interest expense businesses are allowed to deduct on their tax returns, by increasing the 30 percent limitation to 50 percent of taxable income for 2019 and 2020. The CARES Act change provides temporary relief for a more liberal deduction on business interest paid and allows time for the RV Industry Association to secure enactment of a permanent solution (tax years 2021 and beyond). While the RV Industry Association will continue to work on a permanent fix, this provision will allow RV businesses to increase liquidity with a reduced cost of capital and weather the storm of the current crisis,
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a $100 billion-dollar stimulus bill signed into law by President Trump on March 18, requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. Specifically, the requires two weeks of paid sick leave for affected government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees and provides FMLA rights for some employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees. The bill also provides funding for economic assistance, requires health plans to cover COVID-19 testing at no charge, and includes a refundable tax credit for employers that provide paid leave benefits due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bill will take effect no later than 15 days from the date it is signed by the president which would be Thursday, April 2, 2020.
On March 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the third and largest coronavirus relief package to help struggling businesses and displaced workers during the pandemic. The Senate had previously approved the $2 trillion response bill, and it will now go to the president's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act aims to boost the economy with provisions that impact unemployment insurance, business loans, employer-sponsored health insurance, retirement savings and employer-provided education assistance. Read the SHRM Government Affairs Team's analysis of the CARES Act to learn more about workplace-related provisions.
Also, be sure to watch this webinar, COVID-19 & Manufacturing Operations: Immediate Best Practices, a joint presentation by SHRM and the National Association of Manufacturers will provide guidance on how manufacturers can adjust to limitations on their labor force, and understand more about the legal obligations impacting pay, time off and other HR issues.
Events And Factory Visits
The RV Industry Association has compiled considerations members should take when determining how to handle interactions with your staff. These considerations should not be considered comprehensive or exhaustive, however, please use the information as one of several possible resources as you continue your company’s due diligence on its coronavirus response.
Additional RV Industry Resources
The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) has created a listing of helpful links and resources to stay informed on best practices for you, your staff and campers for safety and well-being during this time.
The RV Dealers Association is responding to the latest developments amid COVID-19 and you can learn about their resources and updates available on their website.
As the situation with COVID-19 unfolds, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable provides an assortment of valuable resources from state, federal and more in regards to the outdoor recreation industry.
The RV Industry Association will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, and will be diligent in updating members in the process as we work together during this time.
To stay up-to-date on the latest industry news visit the RV Industry Association’s News & Insights Blog and contact us to let us know how we can continue to help you during the current situation.