COVID-19: Small Business Support
March 30, 2020
By: Adam Smith
“In light of the COVID-19 crisis and recent “shelter in place” orders across California, there is much concern over whether businesses will be able to survive — particularly small businesses. Many small businesses operate on narrow margins, and even a brief reduction in sales or an order for complete closure could cause them to shutter their doors permanently. These small businesses are unlikely to be buoyed by insurance because most policies carve out epidemics as an exception to coverage, though businesses should check their insurance policy or consult with an agent to determine their coverage. Even if it is unclear whether losses are covered, businesses should consider filing a claim because the total number of claims is a factor governmental decision makers will likely consider when determining the ultimate need for relief programs. Fortunately, various local and federal agencies are already providing emergency programs to support small businesses in need of funding during this crisis.”
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