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BOSS Survey to Gauge COVID-19’s Impact on Local Businesses
Follow this link if you are the owner or a senior executive of a Hawai‘i business and would like to participate in this important survey.
COVID-19 Might be an Act of God That Voids Business Contracts
It’s possible that some businesses will try to claim that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 absolve them of obligations under a business contract. Whether they have a good case depends on the contract’s language, the obligation at issue and the impact that COVID-19 has had on that party’s ability to perform its contractual duties, according to Mark Ito, an attorney at the Honolulu firm of Schlack Ito. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Loans, Tax Credits and More for Small Businesses
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i creates a webpage for small businesses listing information on federal loans, tax credits, debt relief and more under the CARE Act passed last week. Resource page
Will the federal relief package be enough to keep small businesses afloat?
The package includes $377 billion for small businesses. Loan money spent on payroll and rent for the next two months doesn’t have to be paid back. The key is to keep people on the payroll, said Joe Burns, the director of the SBA’s small business development center for Oʻahu. Civil Beat.
COVID-19 cases rise to 175
The number of coronavirus cases in Hawaiʻi rose by 24 cases to bring the state’s total to 175, state officials reported Sunday. About 8,100 tests have been conducted to date. The 24 new cases all involve adults and none required hospitalization, according to a DOH update. All but one of those cases involve residents. Civil Beat.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.Big Island Now.
Doctors say COVID-19 is spreading in communities at a wider scale than being reported, estimating their could be 800 to 1,000 unidentified cases statewide. KITV4.
Suspension of Hawaiʻi’s open government laws more extreme than other states
Before the stay-at-home, work-at-home orders, the 14-day quarantines and the requests that tourists cancel their vacations, Gov. Ige suspended the state’s public records and open meetings laws on March 16 as part of an emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The governor’s decision is one of the most extreme anti-transparency measures executed in the U.S., and is now coming under increased scrutiny. Civil Beat.
Housing woes escalate, but relief is available
Close to 100,000 Hawaiʻi residents lost work this month, and for many the fear of losing their home has also arisen. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Many homeowners, tenants suffering from COVID fallout are eligible for federal relief. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
While unemployment claims skyrocket, some essential businesses are looking to hire
Both Lowe’s and Securitas tell us they’ve been looking to hire workers before the pandemic started and that search continues. Both businesses say they’re looking to fill about 100 positions each. KHON2.KITV4.
UH research on COVID-19: Outbreak tracking and drugs that may help treatment
Sleep-inducing drugs may be beneficial in treating patients infected with COVID-19, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and colleagues in Wuhan, China. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at UH has put together a brief survey that seeks to help identify possible cases of the disease in the community and where they have occurred. Civil Beat.
Essential service businesses forced to continue adjusting
Though supermarkets and restaurants are among the stores still allowed to operate, they have had to figure out ways to accommodate customers who are hunkered down at home, mostly staying away from other people and targeting items like toilet paper, cleaning products and rice when they are out shopping. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Community solutions for COVID-19 problems
Volunteers step up to fill shortage of protective gear. Civil Beat.
Entrepreneurs launch website to collect data, provide info on coronvirus in Hawaiʻi. Hawaii News Now.
Keep calm and sew on: Community comes together to make masks. West Hawaii Today.
Community to gather or make needed supplies. Big Island Video News.
DOE wants to modify graduation criteria
The state Department of Education is seeking approval from the state Board of Education to modify high-school graduation and commencement requirements under Board Policy 102-15 for the class of 2020. Garden Island.
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