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If you represent, a business closed by EO 2020-43

The data dashboard available at indicates whether counties meet the recommended benchmarks for reopening of gyms, movie theaters, water parks, tubing venues, and bars. Data on the dashboard will be updated weekly on Thursdays.

Please select the county in which you reside and compare that with the below metrics (also listed on the ADHS website) to see when you can reopen and how, based on your industry. Some counties already fall into the reopening category, so please check what that means for you. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance

The SBA’s working goal is to avoid having any businesses fail as a result of the slowdown caused by COVID-19. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) is a longstanding program administered by the SBA, and has been leveraged by businesses harmed by natural disasters in the past. These loans are provided directly from the agency. An SBA administrator will issue an EIDL declaration under the Small Business Act, upon certification from a state governor, in the event that at least five small businesses have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster. All states have already begun this process (with many having finished it already).

This week, in addition to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, there have been two additional programs announced to help small business owners. The Express Bridge Loan Program and an assistance program by the USDA.

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