Join us tomorrow morning on Zoom for our SOS Biz Virtual Rally. Business owners from across the state will call leaders to step up and support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The situation is growing dire and businesses need a strong showing of support.
Join us to send the message that local businesses need our help! The state needs to lead in creating proactive, long-term efforts to stop a mass closing of local businesses.
Can't join us, but still want to support? Tomorrow at 11:00 AM, post a selfie with a rally sign or your local business swag. Use hashtags #BeVocalSupportLocal #SOSBiz #SaveHawaiiBusinesses so we can find your post.
C&C of Honolulu Shuts Down Bars for Three Weeks
Under a city order approved by the governor, bars on Oahu are closed for at least three weeks as authorities try to rein in a surge in COVID-19 infections. The shutdown went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The city order also bans alcohol sales and service at restaurants after 10 p.m. Those who violate the order face fines or risk losing their liquor license.
The three-week closure of bars is designed to give the Honolulu Liquor Commission an opportunity to develop a program to ensure that bars are following COVID-19 regulations on social distancing, masks and hygiene. Mayor Caldwell said after three weeks, the city will reassess to determine if bars can reopen.
Governor Eliminates $100 Weekly Boost to Jobless Benefits
Governor Ige said Thursday he would exercise his line-item veto on a bill appropriating federal coronavirus relief funds, eliminating $230 million set aside for a $100 additional weekly payment to unemployed individuals. This payment was to have partially offset the loss of $600 in additional weekly federal unemployment payments expiring this week.
The governor said at a news conference he would go ahead and implement the $100 weekly payment if Congress doesn’t create an additional federal payment before it breaks for an August recess.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new EZ Paycheck Protection Program form for eligible PPP borrowers to use to apply for forgiveness. The SBA also made borrower-friendly revisions to the full forgiveness application. These changes are intended to make the application process easier on borrowers and to increase efficiency for lenders and borrowers alike. The new EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation than the revised full forgiveness application. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%
The City and County of Honolulu expanded eligibility for its Oahu Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund, which provides up to $10,000 reimbursements for business expenses.
ONE-TIME reimbursement for expenses up to $10,000 to each qualified business that have less than $2,000,000 in gross annual revenue and 50 or fewer employees (once awarded a grant, a business cannot reapply).
Examples of Eligible Expenses:
Physical Distancing Measures
The fund can also reimburse expenses incurred to implement physical distancing and other safety precautions to comply with business opening and operating guidelines.