Governor submits economic injury disaster declaration for businesses effected by COVID-19

Governor Gina Raimondo submitted an economic injury disaster declaration to the federal Small Businesses Association (SBA) to help local businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – On Monday, Governor Gina Raimondo submitted an economic injury disaster declaration to the federal Small Businesses Association (SBA) to help local businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

“I’m trying to make it so that we are eligible to receive low-interest federal disaster loans designed to allow Rhode Island’s small businesses to apply for working capital loans to pay fixed operating costs through this period until we can return to some sense of normalcy,” said Raimondo.

In order to properly request a declaration, the SBA is asking that Commerce RI collect information that shows businesses have suffered a large economic hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commerce RI is looking for businesses to fill out a survey and share how their businesses were impacted.

Additional protocols, including the shutting down of all dine-in restaurants, have been put into effect to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

A business wishing to fill out the survey, click here.

For the latest local coverage and helpful links to prevent the spread of coronavirus, click here.

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