City says come June 5, restaurants can open for dine-in service

City says come June 5, restaurants can open for dine-in service
As the state's mandate barring all dining-in services went into effect, Hawaii restaurants said they've been forced to lay off thousands of employees. (Source: none)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - You’ll soon be able to eat in at your favorite Oahu restaurants by early next month.

Mayor Caldwell announced Friday night that Gov. Ige has approved the opening of restaurants to dine-in services with certain restrictions on June 5.

The city added that guidelines are in the process of being finalized, and additional details will be released in the coming week.

It is unclear if the same date has been set for restaurants statewide.

Some restaurants may opt to open after June 5 as it will take time for many to adjust to the new guidelines, which will likely be released in the early part of the work week.

The development comes as Lt. Gov. Josh Green continues to push for phase 2 of Hawaii’s reopening.

“Look, very little disease, very low background of the virus in the state, 91 percent of the people have recovered,” Lt. Gov. Green said in a Facebook page update.

“What are we waiting for? Everybody wants the medium-risk businesses open and I definitely want them open by the end of the month. That’s what we’re giving the strongest recommendation to the governor for because our economic health is on the line,” he added.

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Posted by Lieutenant Governor Josh Green on Friday, May 15, 2020

Additional details can be expected in the coming week.

This story will be updated.

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