State to close restaurants, bars that ignore COVID-19 rules

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured

Bars and restaurants risk being temporarily closed by the Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch if they don’t comply with COVID-19 precautions.

There are now severe consequences for food establishments that ignore rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch will issue red placards temporarily suspending the operations of restaurants, bars and other eateries that don’t comply with physical distancing, wearing masks and other required guidance.

“Most food establishments in Hawai‘i are conscientious and trying their best to comply with health guidance,” said state Health Director Bruce Anderson. “Nevertheless, we feel these steps are necessary to ensure all restaurants and other food establishments are doing everything they can to protect the health of the public and their employees.”

Read more in the August Capitol Connection newsletter

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