State Resources for Retailers on COVID-19

Updated state information about COVID-19
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The resources and information below were provided by state and local government agencies through our State Retail Association partners.

As this situation is rapidly evolving, some information may already be out of date. This page will be updated regularly, but we recommend visiting the web pages of the state government you are researching for the most updated available local information.

 

    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.

    Read our full summary.

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    Small Business Administration

    SBA Loan Information

    National Governor's Association

    COVID-19 State and Local Government Responses

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    Kansas

    • NRF sends letter to Gov. Kelly encouraging clear statewide guidance regarding “essential retail businesses" and stressing importance of keeping distribution centers open – March 22
    • CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas implement measures to close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in their jurisdictions for 15 days. All four jurisdictions have also decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people effective March 16.  – March 22
    • Governor issues emergency declaration for COVID-19 – March 12

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

    • Governor Edwards' Stay at Home Order details and FAQs 

    • Gov. Edwards signed a “Stay at Home” order directing all residents to stay at home as much as possible until at least Monday April 13. The state is following the DHS/CISA memorandum of guidance on the critical workforce and infrastructure. The guidance for essential businesses is contained in the order. – March 22

    • Executive Order ordering bars, video poker establishments, bowling alleys, fitness centers and gyms, movie theaters and casinos to close. Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are limited to only delivery, take-out or drive through service through April 12. – March 16
    • New Orleans Closures: Requires public and private gatherings to be canceled or prohibited in non-emergency situations. Bars, gyms and fitness centers, shopping centers configured as malls (but not strip centers), live performance venues, reception facilities and other establishments where large gatherings routinely occur and/or where the risk of possible COVID-19 spread exists, shall cease operations. Restaurants shall limit their operations to take out and delivery only. – March 16
    • Update to COVID-19 public health emergency – March 13
      • Requires that all gatherings of 250 people or more between Friday, March 13, 2020 and Monday, April 13, 2020 shall be postponed or cancelled. This applies only to gatherings in a single space at the same time where individuals will be in close proximity to one another. It does not apply to normal operations at locations like airports, medical facilities, shopping centers or malls, office buildings, factories or manufacturing facilities, or grocery or department stores. This provision may be extended beyond Monday, April 13, 2020 by further order. The proclamation also closes K-12 public schools across the state until April 13. 

    • Proclamation of a public health emergency – COVID-19 – March 11

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    Missouri

    • NRF sends letter to Gov. Parson encouraging clear statewide guidance regarding “essential retail businesses" and stressing importance of keeping distribution centers open – March 22
    • CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas implement measures to close restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in their jurisdictions for 15 days. All four jurisdictions have also decided to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people effective March 16.  – March 22
    • State of emergency declaration – March 13

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