Restaurant and bar owners offer differing views of Mayor Caldwell’s reopening plan

Restaurant and bar owners had mixed reactions to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s reopening plan, which bases restrictions on a four-tiered metric.

Under Tier 1, restaurants will be able to open for dining at 50% capacity today, and are relieved to be able to welcome customers back. Bar owners, however, are unable to reopen yet, and unsure how much longer they can survive if required to remain closed through the rest of this year.

Under current guidelines, restaurants must limit tables to five people from the same household, and keep tables 6 feet apart. In addition, they must get contact information from customers coming in to the restaurant in order to facilitate contact tracing.

Tom Jones of the Hawaii Restaurant Association said overall the new order is welcome news.

“We’re confident as an association that this contact tracing program and reopening of dining rooms will provide stronger evidence that dining at

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