Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara released the following statement on the extension of Oahu’s stay-at-home order:
“Two weeks ago, we said that a second shutdown would be an eternity for Hawaii businesses to survive. Today’s announced extension brings businesses closer to permanent closure. The decisions made in the next two weeks will determine the future of Hawaii’s local businesses and our economy.
“As state and county leaders discuss reopening, we urge them to begin with creating parity for local businesses who can operate low-risk pick-up or delivery services. Industry leaders stand ready to lend their expertise in creating a reopening plan. Hawaii’s local businesses are stepping up to take the economic brunt of the pandemic. In return, they deserve to be heard and respected in determining a path forward.”