What to do if you’re forced to close

Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune

 

Manufacturers are switching from their prime products to making health care products such as masks and gowns.

Some have even designed ventilators and are selling to hospitals for patients suffering covid-19 breathing problems.

Can you imagine anything more frightening than not being able to breathe?

Those ideas don’t help much if you own a small business such as a restaurant, gym, fashion shop, florist or dry cleaner.

If you are declared a non-essential business and your employees non-essential workers, you are in trouble.

In South Carolina, our state Commerce Department offers online resources to help businesses impacted by forced closings.

A detailed listing of non-essential businesses can be found on a Resources page at https://www.sccommerce.com/
Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive order closed all non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, services and activities.

Businesses can complete a “Clarification of Business Designation Form” on the same site and receive a response in 24 hours.

If you are in another state, check with your own state commerce department.

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