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Updated: April 27, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.




The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides the smallest and hardest hit eligible businesses with a supplemental payment of $5,000 that does not have to be repaid. Even if you have previously received the original EIDL Advance in the full amount of $10,000, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Targeted Advance if you meet eligibility criteria. The combined amount of the Supplemental Targeted Advance ($5,000) with any previously received EIDL Advance or Targeted EIDL Advance ($10,000) will not exceed $15,000.

Completing the Targeted EIDL Advance application is a requirement to be considered for the Supplemental Targeted Advance, and SBA is reaching out directly to those who may qualify.

Before applying, make sure your small business meets all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Is located in a low-income community. Use this mapping tool to see if your business is in a low-income community as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. The business address must be in a low-income community to qualify, so SBA encourages you to check the map before you apply; and
  • Can prove more than a 50% economic loss during an eight-week period beginning on March 2, 2020, or later, compared to the same period of the previous year. Applicants need to provide gross monthly revenue (all forms of combined monthly earnings received, such as profits or salaries) from January 2019 to the current month-to-date; and
  • Has 10 or fewer employees. This includes sole proprietors, independent contractors, private nonprofit organizations, and others that usually qualify for the EIDL program. However, agricultural businesses, such as farmers and ranchers, are not eligible for the Supplemental Targeted Advance. Farmers and ranchers may still apply for loan assistance through the COVID-19 EIDL program.

All application decisions or requests for additional information will be sent from an official government email account ending with Do not send sensitive information via email to any address that does not end with

All application decisions will be communicated via email. If approved, you will receive an email notification and a direct ACH deposit to the bank account provided in your original application for the Targeted EIDL Advance.

For full details please go to the following website and scroll down to the Advance section: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (

For step by step information, click here.



The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide grants to eligible food service businesses through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The grant amount is based on the decline in revenue experienced in 2020 compared to 2019, up to $10 million per applicant (or $5 million if the applicant only has one physical location). Businesses are required to return any amount not used on eligible expenses by the end of the covered period. For an overview of the program, please click here.

For further information, please click here to visit the U.S. Travel Association.

SBA recommends you take the following actions prior to applying:

  • Request a DUNS number so you can then register in the System for Award Management.

  • Register in the System for Award Management.

  • Gather documents that demonstrate you meet applicable eligibility criteria. For more information on the application process, please visit the SBA’s website or contact your nearest SBA District Office.

For detailed information, please visit the Independent Restaurant Coalition resource page and their grant guide.




The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in economic relief to target industries. The SVOG application is slated to open April 8, 2021. For more information, click here.

More information about SVOG can be found from the U.S. Travel Association

For the SVOG portal, please click here.



Executive Order No. 204 has three general categories of occupancy restrictions: up to 100 percent capacity, 75 percent capacity, and 50 percent capacity. All businesses must continue to maintain the 6 feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity. 

Executive Order No. 204 will also increase mass gathering limits. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 25 to 50 and the number of people who may gather outdoors will increase from 50 to 100. This Order also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.

Indoors and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Museums and Aquariums

  • Retail Businesses

  • Salons, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors

Indoors up to 75% and Outdoors up to 100% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Restaurants 

  • Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

  • Recreation (e.g., bowling, skating, rock climbing)

  • Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, yoga studios, fitness centers)

  • Pools

  • Amusement Parks

Indoors and Outdoors up to 50% Capacity, Subject to Masks and 6 ft. Social Distancing 

  • Bars

  • Movie Theaters*

  • Gaming Facilities*

  • Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces

  • Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs

  • Auditoriums, Arenas, and other venues for live performances

  • Sports Arenas and Fields (includes professional, collegiate, and amateur

*Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at up to 75% capacity outdoors.

State health officials are continuing to monitor the presence of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants in North Carolina, which is why it is important to continue to have a mask mandate and continue to practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws—wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash hands often.

Read Executive Order No. 204.

Read Frequently Asked Questions.

The Chamber of Commerce, EDC and Tourism have pulled best practices for critical business resources 1) Businesses Re-Entry and Workplace Considerations,  2) Best Practices for Retail, 3) Best Practices for Food and Beverage Businesses and 4) A FDA Best Practices Summary Chart.  These can be found and shared directly at
Rowan Operating Best Practices.

For health related questions please visit Rowan County Health Department's COVID-19 updates page, to contact local officials, please send questions to




Unemployment Information

The Federal Government and the State of North Carolina continue to provide unemployment benefits for those impacted by COVID-19. For more information, please visit the NC Department of Commerce.



An extensive number of economic programs were released through the CARES Act, understanding which is best for an organization, business, non-profit and local government can be complex. For COVID-19 relief resources frequently asked questions, please click here.


  • For the most recent Rowan County vaccine information, please click here.

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shared a new COVID-19 County Alert System to pinpoint counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offer specific recommendations to bring numbers down. This system is meant to give local leaders another tool to understand how their county is faring and to make decisions about actions to slow viral spread. Because no one metric provides a complete picture, the COVID-19 County Alert System uses a combination of three metrics: case rate, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospital impact within the county.

  • Rowan County: The Rowan County Public Health  created a page with key information and updates as well as a phone number and email to ask questions:  980.432.1800

General Information: 


The Board of Education voted to allow the following groups to return to in-person learning 4 days per week (Plan A) beginning March 29, 2021: all K-5th grade students; certain specialized programs for Exceptional Children (EC) and English Learner (EL) students in 6th-12th grades including; Students in Specialized Behavioral Supports (SBS), Promoting Academics through Communication and Social Skills (PACSS), and Cross-Categorical Adapted Curriculum (CCAC) programs, Students following the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) curriculum, Students whose primary disabilities are Visually Impaired or Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and EL Newcomers (EL students enrolled in a USA school for the first time on or after August, 2019).

DHHS also released updates to the K-12 guidance. Schools should return to in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible while following all public health protocols in the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit. This update aligns with Session Law 2021-4, which Governor Cooper and bipartisan legislative leadership worked on together. Plan A has already been widely adopted across the state as districts, educators and support staff have worked hard to get students back in the classroom. The updated Toolkit no longer requires schools to do daily temperature checks and symptom screenings. Safety protocols such as masks and cleaning of high traffic areas are still required. Schools are also highly encouraged to conduct free screening testing as recommended by the CDC. (Read the updated Toolkit)

Y Academy: In conjunction with local community partners, the Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA wants to ensure that your child, and all children in our neighborhoods, have access to the resources they need to continue their educational growth in a safe, supervised environment. The Y Academy will be held at our YMCA facilities. Participants will be given assistance with connecting with their school online, as well as in-person help with their schoolwork. 

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy: Triple Threat Virtual Academy is a safe place for students to receive academic assistance with their virtual learning and will have additional academic opportunities offline.  The academy provides a comfortable learning environment that is socially distanced throughout the day, and follows CDC safety and cleaning guidelines for the safety of our students. Their coordinators will monitor zoom school lessons as well as implement primary grade lessons expected from virtual teachers, assist with completing school assignments, and coordinators will serve as a liaison between our students' teachers and parents. Their coordinators also will spend time during the day to tutor children who need additional assistance. For more information, please watch this video or contact them at

Free Meals:

  • A USDA waiver is in place until 6/30/2021 for all Rowan-Salisbury School students to receive free meals. 

  • Food For Thought (Rowan Helping Ministries) will be doing the “backpack program” for families that apply.


For Parents Seeking Child Care: