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- In Arkansas and other states across the U.S., May 18 represented a major step forward in reopening of the nation’s economy ahead of the Memorial Day weekend period that traditionally signals the beginning of the nation’s summer vacation season.
- On the same that Arkansas and several other states began their board reopening plans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Arkansas will receive $91.3 million to provide critical support to “develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests” and other related activities.
- Besides allowing workers to set up remote offices in their homes because of COVID-19, non-frontline employers are adapting to virtual workplace environments due to ongoing social distancing restrictions on travel and face-to-face meetings.
- Nearly two weeks after COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders sent home millions of workers to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday (May 12) told many company employees they can now work remotely permanently after the threat of the pandemic goes away.
- As Arkansas small businesses begin returning to work following a nearly two-month stay-at-home order, many are taking baby steps before jumping back into the fray due to anxieties over workplace safety, testing and social distancing policies related to COVID-19.
- A plethora of recent consumer and business-related COVID-19 surveys and polls show most of the nation is still nervous about the lingering effects of the highly contagious virus known scientifically as SARS-CoV-2.
- As many small businesses are still awaiting funding from the second round of the omnibus $759 billion Paycheck Protection Program, coming out of a virtual quarantine and getting back to normal business operations is turning out to be difficult proposition.
- As Gov. Asa Hutchinson looks to reopen the state for businesses on May 4, several public and private partners have started ramping up to provide COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers and others on the frontline of state’s 1.3 million-person workforce.
- With an eye on gradually reopening the state for business in early May, Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently formed two state-led task forces to study and then make recommendations on strategies dealing with public health policy and economy recovery efforts post-COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program paid out $2.72 billion
to nearly 22,000 small businesses in Arkansas