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For Justin Park, running his own bar selling high-end craft cocktails has been a dream come true. As bar owners go, that might make Park one of the lucky ones. The current seven-day average is above Take Chip Jewitt. Even closed, his expenses are staggering, with leases alone amounting to tens of thousands a month. And how much of a break he gets depends on the landlord.
Altogether Jewitt employs approximately workers, including 70 to 80 at the Republik alone. All are laid off. Agave and Vine still got shut down. The Republik can also operate safely, he says. With to people, he says, there would be plenty of room to stay socially distanced. Last week Hawaii News Now reported that bars and restaurants serving alcohol closed or gave up their liquor s between March and September. In the same period a year earlier, there were 42 closures, Hawaii News Now reported, citing the Honolulu Liquor Commission.
The impact on employment is enormous. Although the U. Some restaurant jobs have bounced back. The latest figures placed the jobs at 24, in September for Oahu. People like Dean Carrico feel it intensely. Carrico spent nearly 15 years tending bar at the Irish Rose Saloon, located at the edge of Waikiki. The job provided a good life and a community of co-workers and regular customers, Carrico says. He met his wife, Rebecca Rank, there. And he made enough money, even in high-cost Hawaii, that he and Rank could save money to open a bookstore one day. He lost his job when the city shut down bars in March.
Inouye International Airport. Carrico noted that food is almost nowhere to be seen amidst the dozen or so people drinking beer. He said Caldwell seems to have the wrong impression about bars. I want to go to that one. The suit names Caldwell as well as Gov. The apparent difference between places allowed to remain open and the Irish-themed bars, the lawsuit says, is that the ones allowed to operate have kitchens.
The U. Constitution principally gives the states the power to protect public health and safety. Krishna Jayaram, special assistant to Attorney General Clare Connors, declined to discuss the lawsuit. A central issue, DiPasquale said, will be whether he can convince a judge to apply an analytical standard called strict scrutiny. DiPasquale has filed the suit as a class action, meaning scores of additional bars can in as plaintiffs if the judge allows it. It could be a month before the judge entertains the motion to lift the order, he said.
Regardless of whether the rules are capricious, there is one reality: some bars on Oahu have been a ificant source of spread, says Jennifer Smith, a virologist and case investigator with the Hawaii Department of Health. In her role as a contact tracer, Smith said, she saw a of clusters of cases arising from bars and nightclubs, although she declined to say which ones.
Still, Smith said bars and clubs can take steps to mitigate risk and operate safely. Smith said what makes perhaps the most difference is the clientele and their intentions. Places where the disease spre, she said, tended to be places where younger people went to get drunk and meet people to hook up with. As a Native Hawaiian, Park values storytelling as part of his life, and he sees similarities with the art of bartending. Park now has another bar in the works, Maze, in Kakaako. The rules to him simply make no sense.
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