Peoples Bank announced last week that it had established a $50,000 Charitable Fund to assist with local efforts to combat COVID-19 and the area’s response to it. The fund has already benefited a food pantry and hospital.
The four banks that operate in Cuba have secured loans for more than 300 businesses totaling $27 million under the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program thus far. All are preparing to reopen their lobbies and will continue to offer both financial and physical assistance to their customers as the state, county, and city work to reopen the economy.
The Cuba High School Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas on July 25—tentatively—with prom planned for July 24 in what administrators are hoping will be a special “senior weekend” to help this year’s graduates celebrate after losing the final months of their final year in high school.
With now more than 26 million people unemployed throughout the nation, and that number expected to increase, food pantries throughout the United States have seen demand for their services increase exponentially in recent weeks, and that has certainly been the case in Cuba.
During its meeting on April 21, the Cuba City Council voted to keep city parks and public buildings, including Recklein Auditorium, closed pending recommendations from Missouri Governor Mike Parson on a planned statewide reopening set for May 4. According to Mayor Ray Mortimeyer, the reopening plan will still require social distancing.