Opening restaurants on Oahu’s Northshore: Chamber of Commerce developed guideline proposal

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Governor Ige, Mayor Caldwell, and Alan Oshima of the Hawaii Economic and Community Recovery and Resiliency Plan, providing reopening guidelines for 3 categories of businesses: 

Retail, Restaurants, and Personal Service. The chamber developed its own guidelines for Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, and Foodtrucks.

Our intention is to assist our members, the City of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii with specific suggested good health practices for reopening businesses.

o Health assessments must be conducted for all employees at the beginning of each shift. If they are experiencing symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, or a cough – they are not allowed to work o Employees will allow designated trained personnel to take their temperature at the beginning of each shift before being allowed to work o In establishments where customers wait in a line, customers not within the same group to remain 6 feet distanced.

o Waiting areas where adequate physical distancing cannot be maintained must be closed.

o Customers should be encouraged to call for a reservation or an appointment, or establishments should use an online waitlisting application. o The physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between customers, not in the same group. This may require: o A reduction in capacity;

o A reduction of seating in service and waiting areas; o Management of waiting areas and waiting lines; or

o Systems that reduce the amount of contact time between customers and staff.

o Determine your business occupancy for customers and staff to be at a safe distance and post it at the entrance.

o Be aware of others’ personal space – Avoid hugs, kisses, and handshakes

o Deliveries and vendors not allowed to enter unless escorted by the employee, must wear a mask and adhere to safety policies


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