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Small businesses, are you having trouble finding supplies to reopen? Share your experience.

Fill out our survey about securing masks, hand sanitizer and other supplies needed to reopen

Medical supplies are seen at the TCF Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Detroit. The White House said Monday, April 6, that some states are requesting far more medical supplies than they need to fight the coronavirus pandemic, pushing back against criticism that the distribution of vital equipment has been chaotic. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Medical supplies are seen at the TCF Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Detroit. The White House said Monday, April 6, that some states are requesting far more medical supplies than they need to fight the coronavirus pandemic, pushing back against criticism that the distribution of vital equipment has been chaotic. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Are you a small business owner preparing to reopen from the COVID-19 quarantine? We’d like to hear about your experience finding supplies to reopen. Use our survey below to share what you’re seeing. We’ll use the responses to guide reporting and possible stories.

Responses so far suggest people are having trouble finding supplies, though most business owners still expect to re-open within two weeks.

A landscaper in Grosse Ile, Mich. said they were having a hard time finding disinfectant and personal protection equipment. “If I have all the PPE, it would be easier (to reopen),” they wrote. But they also said they were ready to open “today.”

Nearly all respondents said they had a hard time finding disinfectant, while several others said they couldn’t find the masks or shields they need.

A restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla. reported said hand sanitizer has hard to find. “No sanitizers or disinfectant products available in stores or online,” the owner wrote. “We need to provide these to our employees as well as customers.”

A salon in San Antonio, Texas said they had a hard time finding all needed supplies to reopen. They said it’s critical they reopen. “I have NO INCOME coming in,” they wrote.

Meanwhile, a restaurant in San Antonio said they hope to reopen within two weeks -- if they can find hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray.

Asked how they’re finding supplies, they replied: “By any means necessary! Vendors, supply stores, personal home supply.”

What’s your experience finding supplies to reopen? Use our form below to share. Can’t see the form? Try here.