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Corona Virus Coverage - Columbia Missourian: Business

Local Business Articles

January 2020

1/28/2020 Coronavirus brings worries to Chinese students at MU

February 2020

2/28/2020 True/False organizers taking simple precautions about coronavirus

March 2020

3/6/2020 Scarcity of health supplies affects consumers

3/8/2020 True/False to premiere new Hannibal Buress comedy special Sunday night

 3/9/2020 True/False ticket sales again decrease, still reach 46.6K

3/13/2020 At Columbia Regional Airport, flights continue as usual — but with more precautions

3/13/2020 Grocers take bold steps to help prevent the spread of disease

3/13/2020 Bars and restaurants slammed by student patrons, despite health warnings

3/14/2020 Tiger Hotel opens pop-up store for coronavirus essentials

3/14/2020 Farmers market attendees want to maintain routine despite COVID-19 fears

3/14/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Charity pops up in Tiger Hotel

3/15/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Social distancing at the diner

3/15/2020 Schnucks store temporarily reduces hours

3/16/2020 Yearslong Business Loop case postponed another month

3/16/2020 Ragtag Cinema to close through the end of March

3/16/2020 Columbia's gyms and studios respond to COVID-19

3/17/2020 For many businesses, delivery is now key

3/17/2020 City's emergency declaration has yet to force business closures to combat virus

3/17/2020 Local businesses and eateries respond to COVID-19

3/18/2020 Groceries, pharmacies reduce hours for COVID-19

3/19/2020 True/False organizers address COVID-19 concerns

3/19/2020 Boutique owner battles social isolation through 'Lunch with Liz'      

3/20/2020 The pace of shopping slows as COVID-19 spreads

3/20/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Local businesses donate to Woodhaven Learning Center

3/20/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Slim Chickens gives free lunches to children in Columbia

3/21/2020 Columbia nail and hair salons adapt for COVID-19 concerns

3/22/2020 Hy-Vee starts donation program to support local food banks

3/23/2020 COVID-19 virtual business panel addresses city regulations, employer concerns

3/23/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Culver's gives out food at Derby Ridge Elementary

3/4/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Dogmaster Distillery makes its own sanitizer amidst shortages

3/26/2020 Local plant nurseries adapt to stay-at-home order

3/26/2020 Looking for work during the pandemic? Lots of companies are hiring

 3/27/2020 Small business owners shift gears, consider options for government relief from COVID-19 impacts

3/27/2020 'Non-essential' shops seek to remain in business, comply with COVID-19 order

3/28/2020 Out of eggs? Just buy the chicken!

April 2020

4/1/2020 Hundreds laid off in Mexico, Missouri, because of COVID-19

4/1/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Signs of our times

4/2/2020 Patchwork Family Farms donates pork 'relief boxes' to restaurant employees

4/3/2020 Contractors anticipate impact of stalled construction permits

4/4/2020 New Hot Box Cookies deals include toilet paper, hospital donation option

4/4/2020 Local farms and markets adapt to pandemic's impact

4/6/2020 Lucky's Market customers react to store closing

4/7/2020 Construction permits available again; Browning advises residents to 'stay the course'

4/9/2020 Local COVID-19 relief efforts receive $50,000 of Shelter Insurance pledge

4/11/2020 Dairy farmers suffering from COVID-19 reactions

4/11/2020 Tough times for Boonville, a tourism town

4/13/2020 Is your small business struggling? A microloan could help

4/13/2020 Commencement cancellations 'devastating' for local businesses

4/16/2020 Milan meat processing plant workers cite unsafe COVID conditions

4/16/2020 Milan meat processing plant begins handing out masks to workers

4/16/2020 10 local businesses you can support while staying at home

4/17/2020 Missouri's private sector pivots to survive — and combat — COVID-19

4/19/2020 Missouri plant feels impact of egg carton demand

4/19/2020 Bond issue puts financing in place for new Columbia Regional Airport terminal

4/20/2020 Egg farmers find new markets during COVID-19 outbreak

4/21/2020 Majority of state businesses can reopen starting May 4

4/23/2020 Hotels, motels hit hard by virus-related vacancies

4/23/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Low occupancy, furloughed staff as COVID-19 impact hotels

4/23/2020 U.S. Cellular donates $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia

4/24/2020 State increases coronavirus testing, monitoring in meat processing plants

4/24/2020 Saturday's virtual Spring Shop Hop to feature 25 local businesses

4/24/2020 Federal stimulus gives mixed relief for local small business owners

4/24/2020 Lawsuit filed on behalf of Milan meat plant workers

4/24/2020 Local businesses get creative to drum up sales amid COVID-19 pandemic

4/25/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Pick up pottery at Mud Room Studios

4/26/2020 Local gyms keep clients working out online

4/27/2020 Yin Yang Night Club closes after final show

4/27/2020 Realtors see resilience in Columbia home sale market

4/27/2020 OSHA investigating Milan meat processing plant

4/28/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Skylark Bookshop and Broadway Diner donate books and meals to aid community during pandemic

4/29/2020 Local farm kicks off a virtual-tour giveaway

4/29/2020 Businesses prepare to reopen as unemployment numbers climb

4/29/2020 COVID-19 is forcing child care providers to close. Will they be able to reopen?

4/30/2020 Columbia, Boone County businesses will be able to open Monday with restrictions

4/30/2020 Drury Inn's bid to provide isolation and quarantine rooms rejected

May 2020

5/1/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Local businesses prepare to reopen

5/2/2020 Short-term rentals sit empty in Columbia, financially straining hosts

5/2/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Strawberry Hill is blooming with plants and business

5/4/2020 Columbia reopens for business ... slowly

5/5/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Gradual reopening of Columbia Mall

5/5/2020 Small business loans, housing assistance win Columbia City Council approval

5/5/2020 Some businesses close their doors for good amid COVID-19 challenges

5/5/2020 Columbia lab offering COVID-19 antibody tests to businesses

5/5/2020 Attorney argues for businesses that COVID-19 order is illegal in Columbia, Boone County

5/5/2020 Local Goodwill opens Thursday, asks people to wait before donating

5/6/2020 Cinco de Mayo generally quiet in downtown area

5/7/2020 Crowd rallies to protest local businesses remaining closed

5/11/2020 UPDATE: Business owners seek injunction blocking health director's COVID-19 orders

5/15/2020 April was a tough time to buy a home, but a good time to sell one

5/17/2020 Pork farmers see bottleneck as processing plants slow down

5/17/2020 Second Logboat location, Waves Cider Co., to focus on ciders, private events

5/17/2020 County funds produce purchases from local farmers for food pantries

5/18/2020 Gambling on video slot machines: Not everyone's a winner

5/26/2020 CAFO regulations: Low fines, infrequent inspections, repeat offenders

5/27/2020 Bike boom: Columbia's bike shops see record sales, trails see high traffic

5/27/2020 First-ever drive-in event to celebrate Ragtag's 20th anniversary

5/30/2020 Salon manager details steps after hairstylists test positive for COVID-19

June 2020

6/1/2020 Love Coffee sells out first pop-up in one hour

6/1/2020 Isle of Capri Boonville among several casinos reopening in the state this week

6/1/2020 Lean Kitchen opens new location while many businesses struggle with pandemic

6/2/2020 Columbia retailers struggle with bankruptcy and reopening during COVID-19

6/5/2020 Columbia entertainment venues revise summer plans

6/9/2020 Columbia housing market remains stable during May

6/12/2020 Rose Park reopens but live music's future remains uncertain

6/12/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Albert-Oakland Aquatic Center reopens

6/15/2020 Hy-Vee marks $63,000 in donations to food bank

6/20/2020 McLanks to be featured in second "Restaurant: Impossible" episode

6/21/2020 Columbia greenhouses see surge in sales amid COVID-19

6/22/2020 Downtown's Saturday vibe begins to return

6/22/2020 COVID-19 online telethon inspires a new company

6/24/2020 Roots N Blues Festival canceled this year due to pandemic concerns

6/24/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Canceled Fourth of July plans spark a boom in fireworks sales

6/25/2020 Expect a noisy Fourth, led by new boom in firework sales

July 2020

7/16/2020 Grocery store chains to require customers to wear a mask before entering

7/22/2020 Warning: Virus's impact on downtown businesses may worsen

7/22/2020 Hy-Vee to hand out masks to customers

August 2020

8/4/2020 Veterans United Foundation donates $25,000 to COVID-19 antibody testing program

8/12/2020 Amid pandemic, some Columbia businesses thrive, others struggle

8/16/2020 Virtual telethon raises over $12,000 for downtown businesses

8/19/2020 PHOTO GALLERY: Local businesses prepare for incoming customers

8/19/2020 Missouri Music Aid will host fundraiser to support music professionals

8/23/2020 Silverball cited for health order violations Saturday night

8/28/2020 COVID-19 directive deals a blow to businesses

8/28/2020 New health order: Bars, restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 9 p.m., close at 10

September 2020

9/2/2020 Kindness in Business Awards to honor work during COVID-19

9/2/2020 True/False Film Fest delayed until May

9/2/2020 Let's go to the movies — Forum 8 reopens with lower ticket prices

9/16/2020 Boone County bars, restaurants can stay open later under modified health order

9/17/2020 Second round of small business recovery loans sees 38 applicants

9/21/2020 Columbia businesses have permits suspended due to COVID-19 violations

October 2020

10/7/2020 Hy-Vee offers free COVID-19 tests at its Columbia locations

10/20/2020 Columbia introduces recovery loan program for small businesses

10/26/2020 Popular Arrow Rock restaurant finds a way to succeed during COVID-19. It still may not survive.

November 2020

11/18/2020 Gerbes pharmacies offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing

11/23/2020 Hy-Vee restores reserved shopping hour for 'high risk' individuals

11/27/2020 Santa Claus is still coming to town, but at a safe distance

December 2020

12/4/2020 Poppy opens pop-up Provisions as 'scrappy' response to pandemic

12/8/2020 Range Free allergen-friendly cafe uses small business loan to adjust to COVID-19

12/9/2020 Hy-Vee offers rapid antigen COVID-19 testing at Columbia location

12/15/2020 Chamber launches Workforce Development Division after COVID-19 delay

12/16/2020 Custom Perfumery faces an extra challenge during the pandemic

12/17/2020 Small business loan and online classes help alleyCat Yoga to operate during COVID-19

12/21/2020 CVS to start vaccinating residents, staff in long-term care facilities

January 2021

1/19/2021 Liability protections during the COVID-19 pandemic debated in Senate hearing

1/20/2021 Two bars, one restaurant cited for COVID-19 health order violations

1/25/2021 New downtown Columbia bar's operating permit suspended because of COVID-19 violations

1/28/2021 Goodwill donates $75K to homeless shelters

February 2021

2/9/2021 Walmart will provide COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Friday

2/19/2021 Put on your dancing shoes: Blue Note reopens for first show of 2021 with COVID-19 precautions

2/22/2021 Nclusion Plus finds new approach to nightlife and creating LGBTQ community

March 2021

3/3/2021 Community members, business owner react to modified health order

3/7/2021 True/False lights the fire at weekend event, preluding May fest

3/9/2021 Columbia Regional Airport to add flights to Chicago, Denver

3/10/2021 Almost a year after COVID-19 hit, a mixed bag for Columbia eateries, bars

3/14/2021 Forecast: How business practices are likely to change after the pandemic

April 2021

4/18/2021 'We weren't prepared': Columbia's restaurants need help amid reopening

4/20/2021 Please wait to be seated ... in a parking spot

4/23/2021 Influx of business expected for MU’s graduation weekends

May 2021

5/4/2021 Bill protecting businesses from COVID-19 liability passes House as deadline nears

5/5/2021 Airlines add flights from Columbia Regional Airport on Thursday

5/11/2021 COVID-19 outbreak at Milan meat processing plant likely larger than reported

5/12/2021 Businesses decide on mask requirements as health order lifts

5/24/2021 Put a hold on that new deck. The cost of lumber jumped 300% during the last year.

June 2021

6/3/2021 Gerbes offers chance to win $1 million check, free groceries for getting COVID-19 vaccine

6/29/2021 Columbia businesses eligible for rebates as pandemic aid

July 2021

7/3/2021 'Business isn't booming': Fireworks shortage affects local vendors

7/3/2021 Chicken wing shortage forces Columbia restaurants to cut back, raise prices

August 2021

8/10/2021 Summer fairs find a labor shortage threatens to cancel carnival rides

September 2021

9/9/2021 Ragtag Cinema to require printed proof of vaccination to attend events

9/12/2021 'We just can't find people': Businesses struggle to hire, face disruptions amid record job openings

9/20/2021 Black population in Missouri still harmed by the effects of COVID-19 in the job market

9/22/2021 Turnout low for walk-in job fair as employers struggle with labor shortage