HONOLULU (AP) — While some Hawaii retail shops move online to avoid the closures that have hit many businesses in the sector since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, others are hoping for a rent relief lifeline from the government.
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — The pandemic’s heavy toll on the restaurant industry can be seen in Jose Bonilla Jr.’s cavernous warehouse, which is packed with industrial ovens, grills, mixers, refrigerators, dining tables and chairs.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill to make a temporary rule allowing curbside cocktails during the coronavirus pandemic permanent.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Music blared from the courtyard of a French Quarter restaurant on Mardi Gras morning but nobody was there to hear it until Tom Gibson and Sheila Wheeler of Philadelphia walked out of their hotel’s nearly empty lobby.
NEW YORK (AP) — As more coronavirus vaccine doses become available in the weeks and months ahead, many business owners face a difficult decision: whether to require employees to be inoculated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stark sign of the economic inequality that has marked the pandemic recession and recovery, Americans as a whole are now earning the same amount in wages and salaries that they did before the virus struck — even with nearly 9 million fewer people working.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate pressed forward Wednesday with pandemic-related financial relief measures, including minimal-interest loans to small businesses that have been battered by the virus and emergency health restrictions.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The owner of a burger joint in Cheyenne has defied public health orders in Wyoming issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing he had to do so to stay in business and keep his staff employed.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — During last year's Carnival season, tourists at the Elysian Fields Inn gathered over breakfast to talk about parades from the night before. At NOLA Art Bar, they sipped cocktails and watched a parade go by. At Kajun's Pub, many revelers started and ended Fat Tuesday in the bar.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bars have been closed for more than three months, Carnival celebrations are canceled, and it's not clear when things will get better in Germany. That has left the boss of Brauerei Heller, an organic brewery in Cologne, thinking “from week to week” as she tries to chart a course out of the coronavirus pandemic.
BOSTON (AP) — A legislative panel investigating a coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home that took the lives of nearly 80 veterans discussed at its sixth meeting Tuesday what qualifications the home's next leader should have.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that indoor restaurant dining can reopen in New York City at 25% capacity on Friday, two days before the Valentine's Day opening he had announced earlier.
JACKSON, Miss. — Officials in Mississippi say about 2% of the coronavirus vaccinations given so far in the state have gone to people with out-of-state addresses.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators are poised to finalize a fast-tracked proposal that will give a broad shield protecting businesses and others from lawsuits by people blaming them for contracting COVID-19.
NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. economy undergoes an uneven recovery from the virus pandemic, many small business owners face a tough decision on whether and when to take on employees.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Elizabeth Reed dances at Scores Gentleman's Club, a strip club near the stadium hosting the Super Bowl, and says wearing masks while working is like “doing cardio” with her nose and mouth covered.
SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state are warning hospitals and other facilities giving coronavirus vaccinations not to give special access to some people, saying they will risk having their supplies of doses cut.
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Some Hawaii restaurant owners have come out against a proposed bill to place a 2-cent tax on each fluid ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in the state.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Police dispersed protesters at a Sunday demonstration in Hungary's capital where workers in the country's struggling hospitality sector demanded civil disobedience and a rethinking of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two San Francisco Bay Area residents have sued the fast-food chain Subway alleging that its tuna is “anything but tuna" and calling it “tuna salad” constitutes fraud and false advertising.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — States are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving gradually and cautiously, in part because of the more contagious variant taking hold in the U.S.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic relief package is taking shape at the New Mexico Legislature as a Senate panel endorsed a $600 rebate to low-income workers and a separate bill that would waive licensing fees on liquor stores.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Walter Gloshinski, who owns Smiling with Hope Pizza in Reno, Nevada, believes the pandemic has forced workers to make impossible choices.