In the days after Moab began shutting down businesses and instructing residents to isolate themselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 549 Grand County residents filed for unemployment insurance benefits, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
With business in Grand County ground to a halt by public health measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, many workers have been left without tours to lead, equipment to rent, rooms to clean and the many other jobs that keep Moab’s tourism economy turning.
The Child Care Task Force has created a new program called One Utah Child Care to meet the needs of essential employees, such as health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online tool for parents to register is now available and services began Monday, March 30, according to Tracy Gruber, who discussed the issue during a press conference Monday.
The recent halt in economic activity in Moab has likely resulted in a drastic drop in sales compared to this time last year as well as significant numbers of layoffs. A recent order that hotels close to visitors has also driven the transient room tax to virtually zero, according to Grand County Council Administrator Chris Baird, leaving city and county coffers much drier than they had been before.
Workers in Moab, a city largely dependent on visitation for economic activity, are hurting. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County, officials closed the city off to visitors last week when the local health department ordered lodgings, hotels, overnight rentals, campgrounds and others to stop accepting nonlocal visitors.
Major renovations to the former Shopko Hometown building at 1145 South Highway 191 have been ongoing for two months in anticipation of a new tenant.
The Department of Workforce Services has launched a virtual workshop for individuals who have experienced a temporary job loss as a result of COVID-19.
For many years, banks have been required by state and federal authorities to have a business continuity plan in case of a pandemic outbreak. These plans are a comprehensive framework to ensure the continuance of critical operations for all Utah banks, according to a statement from the Utah Bankers Association.
The U.S. Postal Service is looking to fill 80 new positions in Utah and Idaho. Multiple positions are available throughout these areas with hourly wages from $16.21 to $18.56 in a variety of shifts, including indoor and outdoor work, according to the USPS.
The Times-Independent Publisher, pressman and senior forklift operator Zane Taylor unloads a truck filled with rolls of newsprint Monday morning, March 23. The Times-Independent is committed to being there for its readers and advertisers during these uncertain times — just as you have been there for us for over 120 years.
The impacts of COVID-19 notwithstanding, Grand County is ranked 8th out of Utah’s 29 counties as a good place to build a small business, according to a New York financial firm.
The global COVID-19 virus and a profound lack of cash on hand led to San Juan County’s Lisbon Valley Mining Company to furlough its roughly 65 employees on Wednesday, March 18 — and they won’t get their final paychecks until the company sells assets to fund them.