Apparently they are not part of the business assistance packages being debated in Congress.
“The self-employed – independent contractors, gig workers, temporary and part-time workers – number 57 million in the U.S., representing more than a third of the working population and driving $1 trillion in income, but have none of the benefits and protections that employees or even other small businesses do.”
True, some are very well off and self sufficient. And if it is the 2nd or 3rd job in a family where someone is employed by a larger company, it would hard to sort out.
Yet the new economy gig workers don’t make much money. Maybe $11/hour and if they lose that, they can be SOL. And if in fact as part of a group that is a third of the workforce, the impact on them and where they spend could be dishearteningly huge.
In short, a shut down economy is a disaster for these folks.