GENERAL covid-19 info and resources

This page will be updated regularly with new information

The COVID-19 pandemic has been sweeping through the United States and most of the world and it has resulted in major disruption to our daily lives. The situation continues to evolve quickly and is having a significant effect on the sporting goods industry. The National Sporting Goods Association will provide you with information and resources to help you navigate this challenging time. Please note that NSGA staff are working remotely and can be contacted at (847) 296-6742 or

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Call Center number is (800) 659-2955.

COVID-19 Business Reopening Resources

Click Here for NSGA's Page of Resources to Aid in Reopening From COVID-19 Pandemic 

Click Here for More Information on Business Interruption Insurance from Bloomberg Law 

Latest CARES Act and PPP Resources

SBA Smallest Business Priority: The smallest businesses were given a two-week exclusive PPP application period which started February 24. Additional program changes to help include more potential PPP loan candidates were announced.

PPP Fully Re-opens January 19:
The Small Business Administration announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will fully re-open January 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

PPP to Re-open January 11:
The Small Business Administration announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. 

PPP to Re-open Under Second Stimulus Package: Congress has reached an agreement on a second financial stimulus package which will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small business owners who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

PPP Loan Guidance on Deductibility of Expenses: The U.S. Treasury Deparment and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance clarifying the deductibility of expenses where a business received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. 

PPP Loan Forgiveness Factsheet: The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a step-by-step guide for eligible borrowers to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness.   

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application of $50,000 or less: The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness form for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. 

PPP Loan Forgiveness EZ Short Form: The business owners allowed to use the EZ application include those who are self-employed or have no employees and those who did not reduce salaries by more than 25%. 

PPP Loan Forgiveness Form: Applicable to those businesses which do not qualify for the EZ application.

Click Here to Access the NSGA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Survey

Click Here to Access Additional CARES Act and PPP Resources 

Sport Safety

Click Here to Access CDC Safety Guidlines for Playing Sports 

State-by-State Response Efforts

Click Here to Access State-by-State Reopening and Continued Stay-at-Home Plans 

Click Here to Access an Interactive Map of State-By-State COVID-19 Business Resources as Well as Additional State Resources


Government Advocacy

Federal Reserve Board Expands Main Street Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses 

Click Here to Access Additional Government Advocacy Resources 

Click Here to Access NSGA COVID-19 Legislative Archive 


General Resources for the Public and Employers

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for OSHA Workplace Guidance

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about State Unemployment Agencies Implementing Ways to Address Employee Refusals to Return to Work

Guide on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 

Click Here to Access Additonal Resources for the Public and Employers 


Tips for Retailers and Team Dealers

Temporary Surcharge Announced for FedEx Express® International Shipments

Click Here to Access Additional Tips for Retailers and Team Dealers