I could be wrong here, but I thought the CARES act took care of independent contractors.
I have two friends in Wyoming that are independent contractors. From what they explained to me is they had to file through the State unemployment and get denied, but the CARES act they get approved through. They both are receiving $600 per week and both of them got a back dated amount of roughly $7000 from when their respective brokers ran out of work. Again, I am unsure what every State does.
The PPP loan program is also available...albiet may not have much money left...to independent contractors. I own a brokerage in Wyoming. Our brokerage filled out the application for the PPP loan and received money to pay our employees. Myself and my two partners are not considered employees because we do not pay ourselves a salary. We all filled out the application for our own LLC's. We all 3 were approved for the PPP loans and received money.