Normally you are required to be looking for work in order to get unemployment benefits. But because many people can’t look for work due to COVID-19, we created some temporary rules. These rules started March 8, 2020. The new rules say that if you were laid off temporarily for a reason related to COVID-19, you can still get unemployment benefits even if you aren’t looking for work. You need to stay in touch with your current employer, and go back to work when your employer calls you back. You can get unemployment benefits if you are not looking for work because:
- A doctor said you need to stay home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is called quarantine.
- You are staying home following the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives order.
- You are home caring for children due to COVID-19 school closures and do not have child care.