File a claim for unemployment benefits if you can’t work due to the outbreak.

Losing your job is stressful regardless of the situation, but it’s even more difficult when whole cities are on lock-down and stores are closed. Fortunately, the CARES Act both extends and expands unemployment benefits. If you can’t work due to the outbreak, you are likely eligible for unemployment benefits, even if you are self-employed or a gig worker.

To apply for benefits, contact your state’s unemployment office. Keep in mind that these offices are overrun at this time, so there may be delays processing your application.
The CARES Act entitles you to a total of 39 weeks of regular unemployment benefits — this is 13 more weeks than you would normally get. You can also get an additional $600 a week on top of your regular benefits from April 5, 2020, through July 31, 2020.