Shared from Honolulu Magazine
LOCAL RESTAURATEURS AND FOOD PURVEYORS ARE ON EDGE AS PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS BEGIN TO TAKE EFFECT. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Canceled vacations. Reduced flights. Skittish residents. It’s an unnerving time for all of us. And perhaps especially so for the restaurant industry as recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic have left small-business owners scrambling.

A drain in visitors to the Islands has already impacted airlines, hotels and other key industries. And while times of economic distress are rarely good for restaurants, there’s reason to believe that this particular recession might be more challenging. Mayors of New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles as well as the governor of Ohio have ordered restaurants, nightclubs and bars to close up shop: Only takeout and delivery are allowed.

So far in Hawai‘i, restaurants are trying to operate business as usual as much as possible. But owners are monitoring the evolving state guidelines while bracing for the inevitable slowdown from a slump in tourism and lack of demand from cloistered residents.

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