- Small Business Administration: Guidance to businesses and loan information
- SBA loan information: Summary and how-to guide from Steptoe
- National Governor's Association: Coronavirus: What You Need To Know
- State resources for retailers: Information about your state
- COVID-19 job opportunities: A listing of companies hiring now
The health and safety of customers and workers is retailers’ top priority. NRF is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating with government agencies, health experts and retailers as the situation continues to evolve.
NRF is addressing the supply chain implications as well as developments related to the spread of the virus globally and domestically. Please come back to this page for regular updates.
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The CARES ACT
The CARES Act includes a number of provisions that NRF advocated for to benefit retailers, both directly and indirectly:
- A $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program providing forgivable Small Business Administration loans to retail businesses with under 500 employees, and a $500 billion program the Federal Reserve can use to provide $4.5 trillion in relief for larger retail companies.
- An expansion of unemployment insurance for retail workers to 39 weeks instead of the usual 26; recipients will receive an extra $600 per week in addition to the standard amount in their states, payable immediately.
- Relief for retail workers and consumers including one-time checks of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
- Tax relief, including an estimated $15 billion from fixing the “retail glitch” in the 2017 tax reform law, the ability to “carry back” this year’s losses to profitable years and obtain a refund, an Employee Retention Tax Credit to encourage retail businesses to keep employees on the payroll, and expanded deduction of interest paid on retail business loans.
Thursday, April 2: The CDC will be hosting a private-sector stakeholder conference call on Monday, April 6, at 4 p.m. ET. You can register for the call here. On the call, CDC will share guidance for the private sector, including what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. There will also be time for questions and answers. More details here. T
NRF and RILA sent a letter to every Governor outlining several recommendations from retailers to continue to create preemptive standards for “essential businesses” and work with retailers to utilize methods to safely serve customers during the pandemic.
Wednesday, April 1: The Small Business Administration has launched a website to provide resources and guidance for small businesses on how to apply for loans under the CARES Act, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources. NRF has received a summary of the program from Steptoe, available here.
The IRS has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance on the recently enacted employee retention credit under the CARES Act.
If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, such as donating or creating medical supplies, FEMA has established a website to address questions.
NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay was interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC to talk about the current state of retail.
Tuesday, March 31: NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell to talk about what the CARES Act means for retailers.
NRF and nearly 400 CEOs of small, medium and large-sized companies sent a letter to President Trump applauding the Administration’s efforts to meet the enormous liquidity challenges created by the economic fallout from the coronavirus. We also expressed support for a proposal currently being considered that would provide a deferral of duty payments for a limited amount of time.
NRF hosted a
Senator David Purdue (R-Ga.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin with a specific appeal to provide relief for the workers and businesses within the U.S. retail industry. Senator Purdue noted, “It is our responsibility to help stabilize and ameliorate the damage that we have imposed on our private sector in combating the coronavirus.”
Saturday, March 28: The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an update to its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. The updated guidance includes many of the suggestions that NRF provided to CISA in a joint letter last week. Many state governments are using the CISA memorandum as guidance for their executive orders and local ordinances to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please refer to the updated CISA memo for a listing of updates.
Friday, March 27: The House of Representatives has passed the CARES Act by voice vote and President Trump has signed the bill. NRF issued this statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay after the House vote.
The Department of Labor published updated guidance that includes questions and answers addressing critical issues such as what documents employees can be required to submit to their employers to use paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave; whether workers can take paid sick leave intermittently while teleworking and whether workers whose employers closed before the effective date of the FFCRA can still get paid sick leave.
NRF sent a letter to the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve to make certain relief programs are accessible to retailers of all shapes and sizes. We also sent a letter to the National Governors Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors encouraging them to consider emergency measures to assist retailer and restaurant operators with their upcoming rent obligations.
Retailers reeling from coronavirus pandemic (MSNBC) – Apr. 1
National Retail Federation CEO on the coronavirus impact (CNBC) – Mar. 31
NRF President: Retail industry needs 'bridge' to restart economy (Fox Business) – Mar. 23
How retail feels about the coronavirus (CNBC) - Mar. 5
White House response
- National Governor's Association: Coronavirus: What You Need To Know
- NRF: State resources for retailers
Economic recovery and loan resources
- SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Overview of the Small Business Relief program (resource from Steptoe)
- Federal Economic Recovery Programs Chart (resource from Steptoe)
- NRF Q&A on Federal Loan Programs
- U.S. Treasury Department Resources
Workplace and employment law
- NRF Survey: Workplace policies surrounding COVID-19 – March 19
- Sample COVID-19 Emergency Leave and Pay Policy (members only) – March 13
- COVID-19 FAQs for Employers (members only) – March 13
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Department of Labor
- Updated guidance for Workers and Employers Explaining Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave Benefits
- Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- Practical advice to prepare your workplace
- New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
Other employment law resources
- Webinar Playback: Coronavirus and Employment Law from Dorsey and Whitney LLP – March 4
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Business Preparedness prepared by Littler – March 4
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer FAQs prepared by Littler – March 5
- Member Benchmarking survey: Supply chain impact of COVID-19 – March 19
Department of Homeland Security
- Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)
- New process for Americans returning from Certain European Countries, China and Iran – March 13
- Risk Management for COVID-19 (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) – March 6
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
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- Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service between the United States and Canada
- Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico
U.S. Department of Transportation
- National Emergency Declaration for Commercial Vehicles Delivering Relief in response to COVID-19 – March 13
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Emergency Declaration – March 13
Public health and safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Website
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Practical advice to prepare your business
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- CDC YouTube Channel - COVID-19 Information Videos
- COVID-19 Latest News
- Situation Summary
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Know the Facts About COVID-19 and Help Stop the Spread of Rumors
- Interim Guidance on Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
- Traveler Information
- Travel Notices
Environmental Protection Agency
- List of disinfectant products for use against COVID-19 – March 3
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
World Health Organization
- COVID-19 website
- Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 – February 27
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
- Travel Advice
- Questions and Answers
Johns Hopkins CSSE
- Global Cases Dashboard
- A map and data visualization of the reported cases, created from multiple sources.
Food and Drug Administration
- How can my business combat COVID-19?
- 5 practical steps to defend your workplace against COVID-19
- Tip sheets for protecting against COVID-19
- Ecommerce Europe
- Coronavirus E-commerce Info Center at the EU level and the national level