What the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package Means for the Beauty Professional

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The Senate unanimously passed the largest stimulus package in U.S. history, which includes broader unemployment benefits and financial assistance. What does this all mean for the beauty professional? Here's what you need to know.

Am I covered? Self-employed, part-time and gig workers are included in the unemployment benefits—which means the beauty professional, salon owners and salon employees are covered. Those who are unemployed, partially unemployed or who cannot work because of Coronavirus-related reasons would be more likely to receive benefits.

What does the package cover? Benefit amounts will based on previous income and length of coverage varies by state. Self-employed workers would also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit provided by the federal government.

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What if my salon closed due to Coronavirus? You are eligible. If you are unemployed, partially unemployed or unable to work because your employer closed down, you would be covered.

What if I stopped working because I was diagnosed with Coronavirus? Or because I was taking care of a family or household member who was diagnosed? If you’re unemployed, partially unemployed or cannot work as a result of a diagnosis, or if you are taking care of a family member or household member who is diagnosed with COVID-19, you are covered.

What if I couldn't work because I couldn't find childcare? If you rely on school or daycare or other means of childcare like a parent or relative, and the facility is closed or the caretaker is diagnosed with COVID-19, you are eligible.

What if I was advised to self-quarantine by my doctor and therefore could not work? People who must self-quarantine would be covered, and individuals who are unable to get to work because of a quarantine imposed as a result of the outbreak would also be eligible.

What if I had to quit my job because of Coronavirus? If you were not laid off but had to quit because a healthcare provider recommended you quarantine, or because you could not find childcare because the facility was forced to close or the caretaker was diagnosed with Coronavirus, you are covered. If you quit because of fears of catching Coronavirus, congressional aides advised you would not be covered.

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