What is the latest impact of the coronavirus locally & abroad?
March 26: Late Wednesday night, the Senate passed the $2 Trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, the largest stimulus package in modern American history. It includes $850 Billion in federally guaranteed loans to small businesses and companies in distress.
The CARES Act also provides cash payments direct to individuals, plus additional unemployment benefits.
Final approval by the House and President are expected by Friday. If you are considering decisions about your workforce, we suggest you include the benefits from CARES as part of your decision-making.
As soon as the law is published, we will share what this means for you, and offer guidance.
March 23: Governor David Ige announced a statewide “Stay At Home” emergency order for all Hawaii residents. Like the orders issued by Mayor Caldwell and Mayor Victorino yesterday, the order is to stop all activities except those deemed essential. This statewide order will go into effect from Wednesday, March 25 until April 30. Click here to watch Governor Ige’s emergency order.
Click here to view a full list of essential workers’ ordered to show up to work, or read the entire proclamation here for more details.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii continue to rise. Click here to view the latest counts.
March 20: Hawaii’s small businesses are now eligible for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Program. Click here for additional information about the SBA’s disaster loans.