COVID-19 Response

We’re with you.

Business owners like you are the heart of Shopify, and we always want to do everything in our power to support you. Read on to learn about the actions we’re taking, get answers to your questions, and access resources to help you navigate your business during this challenging time.

Together, we’ll make it through.

How we’re helping

Gift cards for all plans and customers

Give customers a way to support you now, while freeing up cash flow by offering gift cards. We’re making physical and digital gift cards available on all new and existing Shopify plans.

Local pickup and delivery

Flatten the curve, while getting products into the hands of your local customers. If you can drop off orders, create a local delivery option only visible to customers who live in that zone. Brick and mortar retailers using Shopify POS will have the opportunity to offer customers in-store/curb-side pick up for online orders.

$200 million in small business funding

Weather these challenging times with access to funding with Shopify Capital. We’re working with governments to make our capital offerings available in more countries as soon as possible. Now available in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Extended 90-day free trial

Take the time you need to move your retail store online, or build a new online store. We’re offering a for all new customers. If you’re currently on a 14-day trial, you can extend it to 90 days.

Community support

Connect with fellow business owners and get support in our COVID-19 community forum.

Live webinars

We’re bringing our community together online, with weekly virtual programming designed to help your business through these uncertain times.

General COVID-19 information

For the most up to date information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the WHO website.

For up to date statistics and data, visit the Our World in Data website.

Learn more about Shopify’s COVID-19 response

gift cards available on all plans on shopify

Gift Card Support Is Now Available on All Plans to Help Small Businesses

Read more

Short-Term Revenue Strategies for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Navigating COVID-19

Read more
illustration of person holding umbrella over couple to represent government relief programs

Government Relief Programs for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Read more
Buy online pickup curbside with Shopify.

How to Quickly Set Up a "Buy Online, Pickup Curbside" Experience with Shopify

Read more
Sell gift cards through an online store.

Sell Gift Cards for Your Brick-and-Mortar Business with a Simple Online Store

Read more
Ways to support small businesses.

12 Ways We Can All Support Small Businesses (Even While Social Distancing)

Read more
Illustration of hands with a bird head holding flowers, a phone, and an apple, flying in the clouds

Meet 6 Independent Businesses Responding to Crisis with Compassion

Read more
Illustration of a woman shopping online with boxes and products swirling around her

Stay Home, Shop Small: Get Handpicked Product Recommendations from Independent Businesses

Read more


General help and support

Is Shopify prepared for COVID-19?

Yes. We do not foresee any impact on critical systems, teams, and infrastructure or our ability to support our merchants and partners. Our first priority is keeping your business up and running.

How do I get in touch with Shopify for help?

As always, our support team is available 24/7 via chat, email, phone, and social media. You can find more information in our Help Center. Our team is trained to help you with both technical support and business advice–anything from setting up your retail business online to tips for navigating the current situation. Our Shopify Experts are also here to help you.

I’m a small business that’s affected by COVID-19. Where can I find more resources?

We’ve compiled a list of government programs to support small businesses around the world.

Can I sell gift cards on my Shopify store?

Shopify has made gift cards available on all Shopify subscription plans. Learn about how gift cards can help your business.

I’m thinking about opening a new store. How long will my trial be?

We’re offering a three-month (90-day) free trial to start selling with Shopify. If you’re currently on a 14-day trial, you’ll be able to extend it for a full 90 days.

How long will I have to take advantage of the extended free trial?

We’re offering an extended 90-day free trial for new sign-ups in response to the economic difficulties introduced by COVID-19. As we don’t know when the virus will be contained, we aren’t giving an end date to this offer. This page will stay updated with the latest information.

In-person selling

I sell in person but I can’t have customers in my store right now. What tools are available for me during this time?

We know you’re shifting your priorities to address the most pressing issues. This guide details how you can ease cash flow constraints, re-allocate marketing spend, and move your sales online to mitigate a decline in foot traffic. Also, if you’re using Shopify POS at your brick-and-mortar location you can provide customers with in-store or curbside pickup for online orders starting next week. Shopify POS is no extra charge, so you won’t have to make any changes to your plan.

Capital and loans

Am I able to access Shopify Capital?

If you’re currently in the United States or the United Kingdom, and eligible for Shopify Capital, you’ll receive an email and a message in your Shopify admin inviting you to view your funding offers. We’re working as fast as possible to make our Shopify Capital offerings available in more affected regions. Read more about Shopify Capital.

Can I delay remittance of my merchant cash advance?

Your remittance isn’t on a fixed timeline or dollar amount. A percentage of your sales will be remitted daily from your Shopify account until your total remit is completely paid back. Learn more about cash advances.

Can I delay repayment of my merchant loan?

Repayment of a Shopify Capital loan will remain the same. The 12-month term is divided into six 60-day repayment cycles called milestones. Learn more about Shopify Capital repayment.

Billing and payments

Can I pause my Shopify store during this time?

Yes. If you decide to pause your Shopify store at this time, your information will be stored for 90 days, and can be restored once you decide to re-open.

Am I able to change/downgrade my payment plan during this time?

Yes, of course. Whatever is best for your business. We’re here to help, and you can contact us anytime.

We’re here to help.

The Navigator is a weekly email with handpicked advice, case studies, and data insights from across the web for small and medium businesses navigating the effects of COVID-19.