Originally published on CNBC


A week ago, Nicole Brewer was looking forward to attending a conference at Princeton University and spending a day at the Yale School of Drama.

As a freelance theater director and educator, the 37-year-old mother of two primarily makes money off of speaking engagements and holding theater workshops. But now, all of her events have been cancelled through the end of the month as much of the country prioritizes social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.

While she understands why the events are being cancelled, she’s also worried about paying her bills in the coming months.