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COVID-19 Response Resources

COVID-19 Response Resources

The National Plasterers Council (NPC) is committed to providing our members with the resources and services they need to manage their businesses through the issues surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. NPC will continue to monitor the situation and its impact to the industry.

Below are resources and information that can be used to help inform customers, legislators and others.

Covid-19 Resources

Letter from NPC Chairperson Yvette Gammon

To my fellow NPC Members:

These are very uncertain times for all of us. We find ourselves not only protecting our businesses, but even our own health. During this time, I think it is important to let you know how the NPC is prepared to help you through these difficulties. Already, the NPC family has come together to help and support each other. So, I want to be sure you are a part of that community effort amongst fellow plasterers and pool professionals.

Read the Letter >>

NPC Resources on Facebook

Stay up to date with the latest Covid-19 resources.

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CDC Statement About COVID-19 and Water Transmission
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to report that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans using pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.


Federal and State Compliance Notices

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations.

HR Compliance Bulletin
DOL Guidance - Employer Paid Leave Requirements in the FFCRA

Employee Rights
Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Pool and Hot Tub Reopening Guidance

Practice Tips for Maintaining and Opening Public Pools & Hot Tubs
Virtually all public aquatic facilities in the country have been closed by State Executive Order due to COVID-19.

These tips were developed by PHTA with input from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Life Time Fitness, local and state health departments, pool management companies, public health consultants, the World Waterpark Association and the YMCA, and is intended to provide guidance and best practices for public aquatic facilities as they are permitted to reopen.

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, provides potential relief for many small businesses under a payroll protection program.

This program includes access to new small business loans and loan forgiveness. While each business-owner should review the new law with his or her legal and financial advisors, below is a brief FAQ based upon PHTA’s initial reading.

Full Copy of Bill
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.


Special Loan Programs

The following resources cover important information about available government and small business disaster funding programs.

PPP Extended Through August 8; SBA Resumed Accepting Applications on July 6
A new amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program signed into law in early July gives businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic more time to apply for federal funds.

SBA Releases New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The Small Business Administration has released an updated application form for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers seeking loan forgiveness on June 16, 2020. Under the PPP Flexibility Act, borrowers receiving PPP loans prior to June 5 will have the option to choose either an eight-week or a 24-week "covered period" during which they can spend their loan proceeds. View the new form here. The form instructions are here and the SBA's rule implementing the changes here.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
This loan program is available via the Small Business Administration (SBA) for small business – in most cases businesses with less than 500 employees.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Under the CARES act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has loan funds that may be forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Paycheck Protection Program
Application Form

COVID-19 Disaster Funding for Government Contractors
The stimulus bill provides disaster funding for several small business with less than 500 employees.There are several smaller extruders who likely qualify.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

COVID-19 Small Business Loan and Tax Relief Resources
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet
The Paycheck Protection Program("PPP") authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

What You Need To Know

According to the CDC*, COVID-19 cannot survive in properly treated pool and hot tub water. In addition, the World Health Organization states that controlling water quality is necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases

During this crisis it is important that pools and hot tubs be properly maintained because:

  • The maintenance of properly sanitized swimming pools and other artificial bodies of water is necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and help maintain community health.
  • Without proper pool maintenance (which includes circulation and treatment of water) various germs which are present in feces - like e. coli - can grow. It can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, other pests and the diseases they may carry. This presents a risk not only to bathers but to the entire community at large.
  • Additionally, it is critically important that active inground pool and spa projects be completed. Unfinished projects pose significant public safety risks as potential issues such as cave-ins and pool popping, as well as the dangers posed by an active construction site. And, the impact of long-term exposure to the elements may result in the community health issues noted above.
  • As children and families across the country are being asked to reduce outside contact or even shelter at home, and gyms and other public facilities are closing, the backyard pool, spa or hot tub provides a fun way for families to focus on their health and well-being. These pools and hot tubs should be properly maintained by a service professional to ensure proper sanitation measures are taking place.

Pool maintenance should be performed by an industry professional.

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  • If you are attempting to treat your own pool, necessary chemicals can be and should be purchased. Please be sure to read the entire label and follow all manufacturer instructions when applying and storing chemicals. Additionally, wear gloves and googles and store chemicals and material in a safe, secure place.
  • Many of the chemicals retailers sell can also be used for surface disinfection, drinking water treatment, and more. Be sure to ask them!
  • Retailers are making accommodations to service customers like curbside pick-up, ship-to-home, in home appointments and the like.

Here's How One NPC Member is Managing for Safety

Rob Burkett, NPC Treasurer, Board member, and President of Burkett's Pool has shared his company's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Please take a look at this exhaustive list of actions his company and employees are taking to protect the health and safety of its workers and customers.

Read More

COVID-19 Webinars

New DOE Regulations for 2021
May 13, 2020 at 08:00 AM Pacific
Join CPSA and Pentair to discuss the changes to energy regulations and how it will impact the pool industry. It will also address any confusion about whole pump replacements versus motor replacements.

CMAHC and CDC Webinar on COVID-19 and Aquatics
May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Dewey Case, CMAHC Technical Director, and Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH, CDC Chief of Healthy Swimming, will be discussing answers to CMAHC member questions on how to best operate and manage aquatic facilities and related businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Useful Links

Workplace Testing for COVID-19 CDC Guidance Document
Workers in critical infrastructure sectors may be permitted to work if asymptomatic after potential exposure to a confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provided that worker infection prevention recommendations and controls are implemented.

Coronavirus Toolkit
The PHTA has created a toolkit to help with your recovery efforts from COVID-19. Download Toolkit

Pool and Hot Tub Alliance State & Local Government Information
PHTA has gathered information from states and local governments that provides a general guide to Executive Orders.

The Pool Building Challenge-19
Despite all the scary stuff associated with a highly contagious virus that has shut down most of the United States, along with a large portion of the world, nobody wants to be on unemployment insurance or furloughed, and no business owner wants to shut down or lose their business.

Enforcement Guidance for Reporting Cases of COVID-19
OSHA is no longer requiring confirmed COVID-19 cases to be recordable incidents unless there is objective evidence available that the cases are work related. Read the memo here.

PBGC to Allow to Pay Pension Premiums, Submit Filings
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has announced extended deadlines for certain upcoming pension premium payments and pension filings. With the exception of certain time-sensitive reports, all PBGC due dates between April 1 and July 15 have been extended to July 15.

Recorded Webinar: Tax Provisions for Manufacturers in the CARES Act & Families First Coronavirus Reposnse Act
The National Association of Manufacturers hosted a webinar with the IRS chief counsel and Plante Moran discussing tax provisions for manufacturers in the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Watch Here.

IRS Provides New Guidance on Family Leave and Tax Credits
Guidance on tax credits authorized in the “phase two” COVID-19 bill to help small businesses offset the cost of new paid leave requirements.

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019

San Diego County Official News Center
Covid-19 Updates in San Diego

California Department of Public Health Covid 19 Page
Daily COVID-19 updates

Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce.

Why Swimming pool and spa water maintenance is an essential service
According to the CDC, there is no indication that the coronavirus can survive in a properly maintained and chlorinated/brominated swimming pool or spa.

Why swimming pool and spa contractors and sub-contractors are essential businesses
On March 19, 2020 Governor Newsome issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents to stay at home except as needed to maintain essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect the health and well-being of all Californians.

Overview Of The Cares Act By Kring & Chung!
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act Makes SignificantBenefitsAvailable to Qualifying EmployersImpacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
Coronavirus Update: Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

State & Local Government Information/Ways to Lobby We are Essential -
Information intended as a general guide to Executive Orders of certain states.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website - CDC | White House | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
How to prepare and protect yourself & What to do if you think you are sick

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

NESPA - Northeast Spa & Pool Association -
NESPA continues to monitor the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our region. We are committed to providing our members with the services they need to manage their businesses through these unusual times.

Webinar on Covid-19 Emergency & HR 6201
What are the impacts of HR 6201 (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)?

H. R. 6201
Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.

U.S. Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacting Employer Obligationsin Light of Public Health Emergency
The purpose of the Act is to make emergency fiscal appropriations in response to the widespread repercussions of the novel coronavirus and its related coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Impact on Workers' Compensation Claims
With a stay-in-shelter order throughout California, all of us are at risk of developing COVID-19 regardless of our jobs.

What's in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus Senate stimulus package
The bill is aimed primarily at addressing the economic calamity that’s unfolding because of shutdowns intended to slow the spread of the outbreak, with analysts making dire predictions about soaring unemployment claims and economic contraction.

H.R. 748 Final Bill
Providing emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Impact & Implementation Survey Executive Summary
More than 2,500 respondents from 25 client sectors and professions participated in the survey.

PHTA Leaders Talk Pool Industry COVID-19 Resources in Latest Industry Podcasts

Over the past few weeks, PHTA President & CEO, Sabeena Hickman, PHTA Vice President, Marketing & Communication, Janay Rickwalder and PHTA Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Hatfield, have been featured on the Pool Chasers and Ask the Masters podcasts discussing PHTA's recent efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis

Listen to these episodes!

Pool Chasers Podcast:
Industry Resources with PHTA's Sabeena Hickman, Janay Rickwalder and Jennifer Hatfield
Ask the Master's Podcasts:
Business Survival During COVID-19
Paycheck Protection Program & CARES Act for Pool Pro's
Swimming Pools & Coronavirus with Jennifer Hatfield
CEO Sabeena Hickman on the upcoming CARES Federal Stimulus
Sabeena Hickman Talks Coronavirus & Swimming Pools
Swimming Pool Industry & COVID-19 with Sabeena Hickman

For more PHTA COVID-19 resources, visit

Agreement Between the White House and Senate Leaders on Stimulus!

The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early Wednesday, March 26th on a massive stimulus package that they hope will keep the nation from falling into a deep recession because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The revamped Senate proposal will inject approximately $2 trillion into the economy, providing tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and a slew of business tax-relief provisions aimed at shoring up individual, family and business finances. 

The deal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Big Businesses: About $500 billion can be used to back loans and assistance to companies, including $50 billion for loans to U.S. airlines, as well as state and local governments.
  • Small Businesses: More than $350 billion to aid small businesses.
  • Hospitals: A $150 billion boost for hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies.
  • Individuals: Direct payments to lower- and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult, as well as $500 for each child. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said checks would be cut April 6.
  • Unemployed: Unemployment insurance extension to four months, bolstered by $600 weekly. Eligibility would be expanded to cover more workers.
  • Education: $30 billion in emergency education funding
  • Transit: $25 billion in emergency transit funding
  • Tax Credit: Creates an employee retention tax credit to incentivize businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis.
  • Restrictions on Business Aid: Any company receiving a government loan would be subject to a ban on stock buybacks through the term of the loan plus one additional year. They also would have to limit executive bonuses and take steps to protect workers.
  • Transparency: The Treasury Department would have to disclose the terms of loans or other aid to companies, and a new Treasury inspector general would oversee the lending program.
  • Democrats won language that would bar any business owned by President Donald Trump or his family from getting loans from Treasury. Businesses owned by members of Congress, heads of executive departments and Vice President Mike Pence also would be blocked.