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What Suppliers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated - September 4, 2020

MEMA is updating this resource page continuously as we learn more about the various federal and state policies and industry initiatives related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The information is from various sources – namely, government and health agencies, trade associations, vehicle industry stakeholders, and more.


Top Resources for Vehicle Suppliers


MEMA/Stateside Vaccine Distribution Snapshot (members only)

MEMA’s State-by-State Breakdown of Shelter in Place and Business Restriction Orders here.

NOTE: Last updated August 7. Please consult Stateside State Snapshot for recent state information. 

Stateside State Snapshot: A COVID-19 Report - As a service to AASA, HDMA, MERA and OESA members, MEMA contracts with Stateside to provide timely updates on key issues affecting parts suppliers on the state level. Stateside developed a weekly report to update our members on COVID related developments in all 50 states. 

MEMA's List of State Business Requirements/Guidance During COVID-19 here.


Health and Safety Resources for Suppliers in a Coronavirus Environment

MEMA and OESA have partnered with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation to provide resources to help suppliers restart manufacturing facilities. The booklet, “Health and Safety Resources for Suppliers in A Coronavirus Environment,” includes recommended practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It also features links to key governmental resources, answers to frequently asked questions, and recommendations for important and reasonable procedures that can be applied in alignment with recently released guidelines released by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

  • View the resources document on OESA's website

U.S. Guidance for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
MEMA urged Dept. of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to update its initial guidance and clarify the essential status of motor vehicle suppliers.

  • August 18, 2020 - Version 4.0 Guidance from CISA 

    • NOTE: In version 3.0, CISA included the following language in the transportation and logistics section: “Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations to facilitate continuity of travel-related operations for essential workers.” This is in addition to the existing language on automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing.

MEMA Webinar “Small Manufacturers:  What the Stimulus Provides for You”

MEMA Webinar “Understanding the Main Street Lending Program of Treasury and the Fed”

  • The April 14 webinar from MEMA and Arent Fox delved into the basic parameters of the Main Street Lending Program, run jointly by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve. The program is designed to provide loans and loan guarantees to assist companies weather the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.​

  • Speakers included Marwa Hassounpartner, Amal Dave, partner, Arent Fox, and Ann Wilson, senior vice president, government affairs, MEMA.

MEMA and Arent Fox LLP Information and Guidelines

Below are links to program summaries with advice from MEMA’s legal counsel Arent Fox LLP. Click here for a summary of the guidelines.

FEMA & Coronavirus How to Help

  • Private companies looking to produce products for COVID-19 response email

U.S. Borders and Status of Canada and Mexico
Addresses temporary limits travel of individuals from Canada/Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the borders to “essential travel” and situational updates from the U.S. State Department with helpful links and information.


For Further Information

Bill Long– President & CEO, MEMA

Phone: +1.919.406.8813 | Email:

John Chalifoux – President & COO, MERA

Phone: +1.248.750.1280 | Email:

Julie Fream – President & CEO, OESA

Phone: +1.248.430.5963 | Email:

Tim Kraus – President & COO, HDMA

Phone: +1.919.406.8835 | Email:

Paul McCarthy – President & COO, AASA

Phone: +1.919.406.8812 | Email:

Ann Wilson – Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, MEMA

Phone: +1.202.312.9246 | Email:

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