Oahu bars welcomed guests June 19 as the county entered a new phase of its Covid-19 reopening plan.

Establishments that are pouring drinks again must abide by new health and safety protocols. Groups can be no more than 10 people, and customers are expected to stay within their own group and not mingle with others.

Additionally, bars must limit capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, all employees interacting with customers are required to wear masks, no singing or dancing is allowed, and buffets and self-serve drink stations are prohibited. The bars must also comply with new regulations regarding condiments, surface and material sanitization, and employee training. The guidelines also require bars to designate at least one employee to ensure that customers comply with the rules.

Employees with a fever or other Covid-19 symptoms within the previous 72 hours are not to report to work, and if any employee tests positive for coronavirus, cleaning and disinfecting in accordance with CDC guidelines is required immediately.

The county protocols also recommend bars set up a one-way flow of traffic, with different entrances and exits if possible. It also suggests using reservations to help limit group size and capacity, and promotes the use of cashless transactions.

In addition to bars, indoor attractions such as museums and theaters, gyms and other fitness facilities and education and care facilities were allowed to reopen on June 19.

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