Coronavirus Latest: Hawaii Paying for Tourists to Leave, $3.3B Company Gets $4.1M from PPP, Packed Flight with No Masks and More

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Instead of blasting you with coronavirus (COVID-19) news every hour, I’m putting together a roundup of news that I come across during the day. Here you can read about Hawaii Tourism Authority paying for visitors to leave, billionaire explains why his $3.3B Company needs PPP cash, packed flight to NYC with people not wearing masks, Grubhub reports most popular delivery orders, Instacart hired 300K and plans to order 250K more, and Airbnb hosts getting nothing or comically small payments.

Hawaii Tourism Authority is now paying for visitors to leave

Hawaii’s state agency that is dedicated to welcoming visitors to the state is temporarily helping those visitors leave. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has set aside $25,000 for the costs of sending tourists away if they refuse to abide by the state’s 14-day quarantine.

Billionaire Founder Of Nikola Motors Explains Why His $3.3B Company Needs Small Business Rescue Cash

Trevor Milton, the billionaire founder of hydrogen truck unicorn Nikola Motor Co., isn’t prepared to return his company’s $4.1 million loan, first reported by Forbes. The loan was made by JPMorgan Chase as part of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, aimed at helping small businesses survive the pandemic.

Airline passenger describes packed flight to NYC surrounded by people not wearing masks

A Manhattan woman who flew on an American Airlines flight from Miami to LaGuardia says she was shocked that the flight was packed full — and about half the passengers did not wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantine cravings: Grubhub reports most popular delivery orders in America

Grubhub has revealed the most popular takeout meals that customers are having delivered accross America, mapping out the most-ordered dishes by region. From coast to coast, breakfast foods were the most in-demand dishes to be delivered, Grubhub said.

Instacart hired 300,000 workers in a month. It plans to hire 250,000 more

The on-demand grocery delivery company said Thursday that it is seeking to hire the additional “full-service shoppers,” who are treated as independent contractors, in areas with the highest demand with the aim to “get back to same-day delivery.” Some customers have struggled in recent weeks to secure delivery slots due to the high demand.

Airbnb hosts say they’re getting nothing or comically small payments from $250 million relief fund

Hundreds of Airbnb hosts have taken to online groups to complain that they have yet to receive any payments from a $250 million coronavirus relief fund announced by the company last month. Among the rare few who have received any money, the hosts complain that the small payments Airbnb has doled out are “comical,” “a joke” and insulting.

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And here is a screenshot of the latest numbers in the United States and how it compares to other countries around the world.

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4 thoughts on “Coronavirus Latest: Hawaii Paying for Tourists to Leave, $3.3B Company Gets $4.1M from PPP, Packed Flight with No Masks and More

  1. How can a billionaire justify a few millions that he took from real small businesses for his $3 billion company? This is a crazy world we live in.

  2. Of course everyone would do that 🙂 that paid offer is ONLY before you leave the airport. Everyone must receive their quarantine order. If you do not have a confirmed hotel you can take the free flight home or jail. If you have a hotel hotel your free flight offer goes away when you step out of the airport. Then if you break quarantine by leaving your hotel room and your caught then your arrested get slapped with a $5,000 fine. I love watching the daily news to see how many visitors were arrested daily they always put mug shots on the news :)) hotel staff report them, hotel camera catch them and/or visitors post pictures on social media outside of their room and the cops go arrest them, its great!!

  3. That CNN paying tourist to leave Hawaii article is misinformation. Hawaii is only paying for those for those to leave that arrive without a hotel reservation or homeless. This group either goes directly to jail or directly on a return flight without leaving the airport. All others with hotel reservations are being monitored many of which broke quartine and have been arrested abd fined. Hawaii is now also looking at the idea of using ankle bracelet on all tourists to make arrests and fines much easier. Come to hawaii, leave your room and get arrested the state can use your money. 🙂

    • Yes the title is misleading. Sounds a bit like a it’s a good idea to go to Hawaii and get paid to leave.

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