PEUC was part of the federal CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. You can find more information on this and other unemployment benefits here. This is the second of three CARES Act programs, which DEED has quickly implemented to help those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Approximately 8,000 people have exhausted or will soon exhaust their Minnesota unemployment insurance benefits. With PEUC fully implemented, those individuals will now be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance in addition to the $600 additional compensation payments was implemented earlier this month.
The final component of the CARES Act to be implemented is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which will provide unemployment benefits to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, gig workers, and others who would not normally be eligible for unemployment benefits. DEED expects to have PUA fully operational by the end of April, but is actively encouraging those who think they are eligible for these benefits to apply online now at uimn.org.
Executive Order on Outdoor Activities
Last week, with warm weather slowly making its way to Minnesota, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-38, expanding the opportunities for outdoor activities in this temporary new normal of COVID-19. The new provisions are now in effect.
Under Executive Order 20-38, facilities that may reopen or remain open include:
- Bait shops for live bait
- Outdoor shooting ranges and game farms
- Public and private parks and trails
- Golf courses and driving ranges
- Boating and off-highway vehicle services, including:
- Marina services
- Dock installation and other lake services
- Boat and off-highway vehicle sales and repair, by appointment only
Campgrounds and dispersed camping, outdoor recreational equipment retail stores, recreational equipment rental, charter boats, launches, and guided fishing remain closed.
As we work to address COVID-19 in Minnesota, things can change quickly. One of the best sources of accurate and up to date information is the state’s COVID-19 informational dashboard, which you can find here. If you have any questions about our work in the Minnesota House, or the resources that are available to our community, always feel free to reach out. You can contact me at email@example.com and at (651) 296-4176. (E-mail is preferred). I look forward to hearing from you.
Stay strong, and wash your hands!