CLOSE

After shutting down negotiations over a new COVID-19 stimulus package, President Trump said he would pass a standalone bill for $1,200 stimulus checks.

USA TODAY

Restaurants and small businesses across the USA say they face dire situations without additional federal relief to offset the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Concerns have grown as another aid package for businesses and struggling Americans appears to be in limbo.

President Donald Trump quashed additional relief discussions Tuesday until after the  election Nov. 3. Several hours later, Trump softened his stance, saying he’s open to approving $1,200 payments to Americans and limited programs to support the airline industry and small businesses.

As many as one in 20 U.S. small businesses face possible closure without additional assistance, the International Franchisee Association estimates.

There’s no coronavirus deal in sight: What does that mean for you?

COVID-19 and cars: Not a good medical mix, as it