Coronavirus Sends One-Fifth of Workers to Unemployment Line in Some States

(Wall Street Journal) – By Kim Mackrael. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting state labor markets to very different degrees, with some seeing as many as one in five workers file for unemployment benefits and others far fewer.

37% of Hawaii’s labor force files unemployment claims

(Associated Press) – Judith Ramirez and her husband are both among those dealing with the stress and uncertainty of not knowing when they’ll be able to resume working. She is a housekeeper at the Sheraton Waikiki while her husband is an electrician journeyman there. They each filed for unemployment in recent weeks, with some assistance from their union, UNITE HERE Local 5, after the hotel temporarily closed.

Local 5 Promotes ‘Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii’ Program

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Chad Blair. UNITE HERE Local 5 on Monday announced “Safe Hotels, Safe Hawaii” guidelines intended to encourage the hotel industry “to immediately adopt” them to ensure the health and safety of hotel guests, hotel workers “and the broader public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

9 visitors sent back to their home states under new coronavirus flight assistance program

(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers. The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii has used its newly formed COVID-19 flight assistance program to send back nine travelers so far, including visitors from Denver and from Guam.

Hilton Hawaiian Village to temporarily close amid coronavirus pandemic

(Hawaii News Now) – By HHN Staff. HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – One of the state’s largest hotels announced late Friday that it was temporarily closing because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus travel restrictions impact Hawaii’s tourism industry, local officials take action to ensure safety

(Balitang America) – By Lalaine Ignao. Tourism was the largest contributor to Hawaii’s economy — with about 250,000 visitors on average per day, who spent close to $18 billion a year.