COVID-19 LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS
- New Online Travel Forms: The State announced the online Safe Travels form, which is now mandatory for all travelers. The digital form, available at travel.hawaii.gov, replaces paper forms to collect the required health and travel information. There are two different forms - one each for interisland and transpacific. More information is available here.
- Free PPE: The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for the Personal Protective Equipment Distribution Program. This State-funded program is intended to provide free PPE to qualified recipients (hospitals, schools, independent medical/dental providers, child care, adult care, foster care, non-profit organizations, and small businesses).
- New COVID-19 Dashboard: Anyone interested in tracking local data associated with the COVID-19 pandemic can access a new COVID-19 dashboard at hawaiicovid19.com/dashboard. Available information includes ICU bed and ventilator use by COVID patients; Contact tracing capacity and currently active/trained tracers; Testing capacity and turn-around time; and Modes of transmission with number of cases and clusters for each.
- LWA Program-Unemployment: Hawaii was approved for an additional week of $300 plus-up for unemployment benefits under the Lost Wages Assistance Program (for a total of four weeks). To qualify for the $300 benefit, recipients must be eligible for at least $100 in weekly benefits and must certify they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Payments would be retroactive to August 1, 2020. Claimants will be notified by email and through a news release on how and when to file their self-certification.
- Free Cash Flow Recovery Webinars: The Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office is hosting free webinars to help small business owners re-evaluate and review their financial business strength and figure out its viability. Discover new ways to structure and properly utilize your business finances in COVID-19 times and participate in an interactive discussion. September 9, 16, or 23, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Register here.
- Buy Hawaii Give Aloha Launched! The Buy Hawaii Give Aloha website is a portal to facilitate shopping on local companies' websites. Interested companies that have at least 75% of their products made in Hawaii can apply here.
- Oahu: Mayor Caldwell published an Amended Second Stay At Home / Work From Home Order, which extends the stay-at-home order for another two weeks (through September 23). The Order also reopens beaches, hiking trails, parks (but not basketball/tennis courts, pools, or playgrounds), bicycle paths, and designated community garden plots for individual outdoor activities. The Order further clarifies that businesses that primarily supply products necessary for people to work from home (such as computer and communications hardware and software) are essential businesses, but this does not include businesses primarily engaged in selling furniture.
- Hawaii County:
- Applications now being accepted for the Holomua Hawaii program, which will distribute up to $22 million in Hawaii County's CARES Act funding in the form of one-time reimbursement grants up to $10,000 to county businesses and nonprofit organizations.
- The County of Hawaii is sponsoring Hawaii Island business owners and nonprofit executive directors to participate in the Rebuild Your Business Program. The program groups business owners and nonprofit executive directors together into Mastermind Groups of 8 where they learn how to position their businesses to thrive in a post-COVID economy. The 4-week program begins September 15th. Space is limited! For more information and to register visit www.ekklesiacapital.com/hawaiicounty.
- Mayor Victorino issued Public Health Emergency Rules, Amended August 26, which makes a few changes, including pertaining to quarantine and exemption requirements for persons traveling to Maui.
- Mayor Victorino announced an additional $3 million has been added to the Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with awards of up to $7,500. Qualifications have been expanded to include businesses with annual gross revenues of $2 million or less for 2019. Recipients of the Maui Chamber of Commerce Micro Business Loans can apply for a maximum of $3,750.
- The County of Maui Volunteer Center is hosting a free three-day virtual workshop and conference to help executive directors and volunteer leaders with re-opening their volunteer programs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. September 22-24, 9 to 11:30 a.m. To learn more and register, visit www.handsonmaui.com.