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Hawai‘i Restaurants Could Escape Shifting Pandemic Rules Under Proposed Program
April 2, 2021

Fellows mentioned in this story: Sherry Menor-McNamara, Cohort IV

From Civil Beat:

Few industries have suffered more during the COVID-19 crisis than Hawai‘i’s restaurants. They’ve been subject to government restrictions — including forced closures, take-out only orders, limited seating, and the like – which have made staying open a challenge in the past year.

But now business leaders and policymakers are working to put together a program that offers more certainty to restaurateurs. How close the program is to being adopted is not clear; however, it has at least made it to the desk of Attorney General Clare Connors, whose office is analyzing it for legal pitfalls.

Under the program, restaurants would not be subject to the so-called tier systems that create ever-shifting restrictions for businesses if they agree to adopt operating guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and subject themselves to Hawai‘i Department of Health inspections.

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