A COVID-19, aka Coronavirus, relief bill passed in the U.S. Senate. This bill is the second relief bill passed by Congress and reported here earlier this week after passage by the U.S. House. According to CNN the revised and somewhat scaled back legislation:
Major American automakers are halting production at their factories through the end of March. The United Auto Workers are working on plans that would provide social distancing protocols along with staggered shifts for when the facilities reopen. GM, and possibly others, may switch some of their production lines to manufacture ventilators and medical equipment. Tesla’s Fremont California plant will remain open but with limited production in spite of a county ruling that initially said that they are a non-essential business. Negotiations are ongoing.
The U.S.-Canada border is closed but the two countries are working out the details about what is considered “essential” for continued trade. According to the Canadian Prime Minister that “deliveries of food, fuel and medicines would continue under the agreement."
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