Yes, we believe the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) issued March 27, 2020, allows energy and holistic practitioners to file for unemployment benefits. Under the CARES Act, unemployment insurance benefits will temporarily be available to “an eligible self-employed individual” . . . “an individual who regularly carries on any trade or business.” It appears that this expanded eligibility applies to individuals who work “part-time,” a government definition that would cover a large proportion of massage therapists, estheticians, hair stylists, and nail professionals. You have to take the initiative to apply for unemployment insurance.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has loans available and the recent CARES Act has created additional considerations regarding these loans. Self-employed/independent contractors can also apply for these loans to help pay for mortgage, rent, utilities, business costs and payroll. The SBA has information about applying, eligibility requirements and more at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/.