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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

COVID-19 poses an unprecedented challenge for independent home improvement operators. The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) and Hardware Retailing are committed to bringing timely, actionable information to independent operators across North America.

On this page, find the latest news, workplace safety guides and operational best practices to steer your operation, motivate your team and connect with your community.

Despite the uncertainty, one reality has come into sharp focus: home improvement retailers are essential.

Letter for Essential Businesses

NHPA and heads of many home improvement companies have banded together to urge lawmakers to deem hardware and home improvement centers essential businesses amid shutdowns. Read the letter now.

State-by-State Guidance

As more states enact shutdowns and urge nonessential businesses to temporarily close, review the actions your state has taken and learn how they affect home improvement stores.

Stream NHPA Town Halls

NHPA is hosting regular virtual town halls with retailers and channel partners to discuss best practices and share success with peers.

Previous NHPA Town Hall Sessions

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Navigate the CARES Act

The CARES Act provides SBA disaster loans to businesses affected by COVID-19. Use these resources to help you navigate the process.


Stay informed with the latest news about COVID-19’s impact on retail, the economy and law.

Workplace Safety

Get cleaning tips from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.


Discover employment law resources to safeguard your business and protect your employees.

Profiles & Community

Learn how you can connect with your community authentically in a moment of crisis.


Find resources to ensure employees are adjusting naturally to a new retail reality.


Share your message with employees and community using these resources.

Stay Connected for the Latest Updates

Weekly Podcast

Dan Tratensek will give weekly updates on all the latest developments in the industry concerning COVID-19 in his special series “Pep Talk.”

Weekly Newsletter

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NHPA and Hardware Retailing are working hard to ensure your business continues to succeed through challenging times.