According to the National Restaurant Association, Valentine's Day is the second-busiest day for restaurants in America, after Mother's Day. And this year, February 14th falls smack-dab in the middle of the President's Day holiday weekend. As the first Valentine's Day celebrated with COVID-19 guidelines, Hawai‘i restaurants have implemented safety protocols and are expecting extra foot traffic over the three-day weekend.
As the first Valentine's Day celebrated with COVID-19 guidelines, Hawai‘i restaurants have implemented safety protocols and are expecting extra foot traffic over the three-day weekend.
This Valentine's Day, show true affection to your sweetheart, friends and family by taking extra precautions.
With the recent detection of an even more contagious COVID variant in the islands, this is not the time to take the virus lightly.
If you’ve made reservations for in-person dining this weekend, play it safe and follow these safe practices:
• Check the restaurant’s COVID-19 prevention protocols before you go.
• Eat outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, if possible.
• Wear masks at all times, both indoors and outdoors, except when you are actively eating or drinking.
• Avoid crowds and sit at tables spaced at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with, both indoors and outdoors.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating and when exiting the restaurant.
• Minimize the time you spend in the restaurant. The longer you stay, the more you increase your risk.
For a romantic meal at home, many restaurants are also offering take-out or drive-thru options. Mahalo to restaurant owners, managers and staff who are keeping Hawai‘i safe by wearing masks, limiting close contact and maintaining clean facilities!
* A message from your Hawai'i State Department of Health