Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, released the following statement in response to Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s reinstatement of the stay-at-home order on Oahu:

“Hawaii’s local businesses have taken the economic brunt of stopping the spread of COVID-19. We understand that defeating COVID-19 is only possible through a collective effort, but are disappointed that the high case count has necessitated a second stay at home order for Oahu. Second shutdowns are more devastating for local economies. Two weeks is an eternity for businesses that are already suffering—many will not survive.

“We have yet to see any comprehensive, statewide plan to support businesses in need. For instance, Hawaii is just one of 11 states without a statewide financial relief program for businesses.

“We understand that these are difficult decisions. But while we continue to advocate on behalf of local businesses, the financial resources to create statewide support programs lie with the government. It didn’t have to come to this—local businesses and their employees deserve better.”