A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. In fact, the first condition of eligibility for PUA is being ineligible for regular unemployment. After receiving a decision stating you are monetarily ineligible, you do not need to take any additional action. Our team will continue to process your claim for eligibility under the PUA program. Oct 23, 2020 · All of the following are required for you to be eligible for PUA benefits: You must not be eligible for regular state unemployment benefits or any other unemployment benefits or other paid leave. This includes people who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, those who just started a job recently and got laid off, or those who had a job offer rescinded.