RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the federal government’s small business agency to declare an emergency because of the coronavirus so merchants and firms can access low-interest loans.
Cooper’s request to the Small Business Administration announced Monday comes as the state enters the first full week of banned large gatherings and closed public schools statewide.
Restaurants, bars and retailers can remain open under his latest executive order, but guidance from state health officials discourage crowds at them. Add suggestions for residents to stay close to home, and the COVID-19 is taking its toll on many businesses.
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