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2. PPP responsible for majority of jobs created since May, according to SBA Administrator
FOXBusiness | August 10, 2020 by Megan Henney and Edward Lawrence
A relief program that threw a critical lifeline to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for a "majority" of the jobs created since May, according to Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza.

The $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program, created when Congress passed the CARES Act at the end of March, officially closed to new applicants on Saturday.

I would say the majority of the 9.3 million jobs that have been retained are attributable to small businesses," Carranza said during an interview with FOX Business' Edward Lawrence

Since the program launched at the beginning of April, more than 5.2 million loans worth about $525 billion had been distributed, according to Carranza. The program has helped to save an estimated 51 million jobs.

3 . DePaul University's Chaddick Institute says COVID-19 delivering a one-two punch to nation's bus lines
DePaul University's Chaddick Institute recently reported on the state of the industry in an email communication to transportation professionals.

This special Intercity Bus E-News bulletin is being sent to draw attention to the severity of the situation now facing our country’s motor coach lines. Since our last E-News dispatch, a wave of shutdowns has rocked the sector. A few examples: Coach USA is permanently closing Lakefront Lines, the largest bus company in the state of Ohio, which will eliminate 339 jobs. Many commuter bus companies remain shut and those that have restarted are operating at a fraction of normal service, as low as 10%. New Jersey’s DeCamp Bus Lines, which carried more than 1.5 million commuters annually in an out of Manhattan before the pandemic as well as operates many charter trips, is suspending the last of its service tomorrow.

Bus lines are being delivered a one-two punch. First, the modest rebound enjoyed in June has stalled. According to Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO of Wanderu, a leading ground-travel metasearch platform, the demand for bus-ticket purchases in July was still less than 20% of that during that same month in 2019 (see Figure 1 below). Demand for charter is less than 10% and does not appear to be coming back before the end of 2020 and well into 2021.

4 . Royal Caribbean reports bookings trending well for 2021

Travel Week | August 10, 2020 | by Rebecca Tobin
A debate over whether the federal government should mandate masks at airports and on commercial flights is dividing key industry players and pitting powerful lobbying groups against each other. 

Unions that represent flight attendants and pilots are joining forces with airports in calling for a nationwide rule requiring facial coverings for all passengers in terminals and on planes.

Major airlines, many of which have already imposed their own mask policies, say there’s no need for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to get involved, especially since there’s no comparable requirement for other businesses.
5. Eight ways managers can support employees' mental health

Harvard Business Review | August 7, 2020 | By Kelly Greenwood and Natasha Krol
Uncertainty breeds anxiety, and we are living in uncertain times. Between rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, questions about whether or not to reopen economies and businesses, the ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the economic fallout of the pandemic, we don’t know what will come next. And that’s taking a toll on our mental health, including at work.

We saw an impact early in the pandemic. At the end of March and in early April, our nonprofit organization, Mind Share Partners, conducted a study of global employees in partnership with Qualtrics and SAP. We found that the mental health of almost 42% of respondents had declined since the outbreak began. Given all that’s happened between then and now, we can only imagine that the figure has increased. Much has been said about this short-term mental health impact, and the long-term effects are likely to be even more far-reaching.

Prior to the pandemic, many companies had increased their focus on workplace mental health (often in response to pressure from employees). Those efforts are even more imperative today.

6. UMA Member Windstar reports some much-needed good news on Megabus service routes
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7. New Hampshire allocates $7.5 million in relief funds for 3 bus lines
Bus & Motorcoach News | August 9, 2020 

New Hampshire is allocating $7.5 million in federal aid to three private bus companies so they can resume line service, mainly between New Hampshire and Boston.

Gov. Chris Sununu approved the request from the state’s Department of Transportation to allocate $3.5 million to C&J Bus Service in Portsmouth, $2 million to Concord Coach Lines and $2 million to Dartmouth Coach in Lebanon, according to InDepthNH.org.

The three private companies traditionally carry 1.5 million passengers annually between New Hampshire and Boston — for work, medical services and recreational travel — and are considered a critical component of the transportation system in New Hampshire.

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