Maui Mayor Issues New COVID-19 Restrictions for Maui Restaurants

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Maui Mayor Issues New COVID-19 Restrictions for Maui Restaurants

During his recent press conference, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino issued updated restrictions for Maui County businesses starting Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Under the new rules issued by Mayor Victorino, “bars, restaurants, gyms, fitness centers and other “high risk” businesses may operate at 50% capacity indoors, provided that all customers 12 years of age and older provide proof of full vaccination.”

Unvaccinated patrons must be served in outdoor dining areas or with takeout or drive-thru service only.”

In addition, the proclamation states “Full or part-time employees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days.”

Maui’s rules also require boat tour companies, land tour companies, and ground transportation services to reduce capacity from 75% down to 50%.

According to the Mayor’s office, the new restrictions will be reevaluated in 30 days.

Mixed Reactions from Maui Residents and Restaurant Owners

The new restrictions have received mixed – and often very strong – reactions from Maui locals and visitors.

“Anyone know which businesses (food) are shutting down dining entirely and just doing take-out? Because they do not support the segregation. Not including food trucks. TIA 🙏🏼”

…asked Maui native and restaurant industry veteran Kehau De La Cruz of Kihei on her Facebook page, apparently seeking restaurants who are protesting the new vaccine requirement by closing their indoor dining areas completely.

While their reasoning is unknown, the popular Maui vegan and zero-waste restaurant Moku Roots is one of the restaurants that has opted to close indoor dining following Mayor Victorino’s announcement.

On September 14, the day before the updated restrictions took effect, Moku Roots posted the following to their Facebook page:

“Come enjoy THE LAST DAY OF INDOOR DINING on Maui with our loaded Mac and cheeze special with coconut bacon avocado and microgreens! Starting tomorrow we will proudly offer outdoor dining to EVERYONE and indoor dining to no one until we can offer that to everyone again. So put your vaxx cards away, I don’t want to see it, I want to see your beautiful smiling healthy faces, not your medical history.”

Most restaurants have been more reserved on social media, with some asking for patience from customers as they navigate difficult circumstances.

To read the entire 20-page announcement from the Mayor’s office, visit the County of Maui website.

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