What to Consider & What’s Being Done

This page provides the latest COVID-19 resources as we  support one another during this pandemic and as we continue to navigate safe-retail, safe business operations and return to work practices, and stimulus support.


AAFA has developed Accessing Face Masks: Your Purchasing Resource, a one-stop resource available on the AAFA website, to pair members who are manufacturing and selling face masks with those seeking purchases. As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to advise the use of cloth face coverings and most re-opening efforts require masks, there is a substantial demand for face masks for the foreseeable future.




On March 11, President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law. AAFA immediately responded with a statement applauding both this stimulus as well as the temporarily extend tariff exclusions for imports of crucial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to temporarily lift other punitive tariffs which have been undue taxes on American businesses and consumers.

This is the third stimulus package signed by the U.S., following the $2 trillion CARES Act approved by Congress in March 2020 and the $900 billion in pandemic relief in December 2020. 

On February 1, AAFA - along with Accessories Council, Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Travel Goods Association - sent a letter to Congressional leadership recommending measures that would support American businesses and American workers. 

AAFA continues to push for additional relief - including legislation to build a backstop for trade credit insurance and create limited liability protections, both of which are needed to sustain our recovery. Questions? Contact Beth Hughes.

We need to sustain the economy with smart health and economic measures until the economy can fully sustain itself. We can all do our part by getting ourselves vaccinated. At the same time, we need to make sure we don’t degrade our economic situation; that means no new tariffs and immediate action to relieve our industry of the crushing tariff burden it is already facing.” - AAFA President and CEO Steve Lamar