Murphy’s closing on weekends as tourists search for open tables – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-29 04:04:40 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — The big problem that Hawaii visitors face when they come to the island is not the state’s safe travel program.

According to a survey by the Hawaii Tourism Board, 30% of visitors say that the biggest problem is the limited capacity and availability of restaurants and attractions.

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Many visitors are dissatisfied with the low likelihood of getting a momentary table, as most places require a reservation to get a table.

Most restaurants say social distance requirements, due to an ongoing labor shortage.

This includes Murphy’s Bar and Girll, which closes this weekend to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, and every weekend for the foreseeable future.

“We’re running out of staff to hire running ads and get some people interested in getting back to work,” said owner Don Murphy.

The shortage squeezed his staff and forced him to shut down to give his employees the coveted amnesty.

“I didn’t have a staff,” Murphy said. “I don’t have a cook, and my people are working, three of them work six days a week. One of them is seven. I think that’s enough. I said. Just look at it. I’ve been doing this for 34 years, so I can tell when someone is on fire. “

That’s why Murphy is currently working on the kitchen line four nights a week.

“No one has applied because I don’t know how long,” Murphy said. “Probably for at least a month. I don’t seem to be interested.”

Hawaii is one of the 28 states offering the federal government’s $ 300 weekly unemployment plus up and will not expire until September 6.

“I think it played a bigger factor than politicians admit,” Murphy said. “I think people are getting used to not working or going to work.”

Staff are also reducing revenue with up to 50% seating.

It’s expected to increase to 75% on July 8, but the Hawaii Restaurant Association says it’s not enough because the tables still need to be 6 feet away.

“When you work and we basically have only 50% capacity, their salary goes down,” Murphy said. “They have to pay for childcare and everything. It’s very difficult, especially if it’s a single parent.

In April, the State Department began expanding childcare subsidies. For more information click here.

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