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Report: Nearly 900 Honolulu businesses shut down by pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — An economic report found nearly 900 Honolulu businesses have closed temporarily or permanently since the beginning of March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second-quarter Yelp Economic Average report considered trends concerning the economic effects of the pandemic, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

The report said 10.6 percent of the 899 closures between March 1 and July 10 are permanent, including 95 restaurants and 91 retail businesses in Honolulu.

Gov. David Ige announced July 13 he would wait until Sept. 1 to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19.

“The pushback of the reopening of tourism in Hawaii will continue to have an impact,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

“Now that the deadline is extended, many businesses are running out of funds,” Menor-McNamara said.