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Hawaii restaurants want governor to eliminate indoor distancing requirements

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Hawaii restaurants want governor to eliminate indoor distancing requirements

HONOLULU -- Restaurants in Hawaii will be allowed to go back to 100% capacity starting Nov. 12, some local restaurant owners say that does little to help business.

Giovanni Pastrami owner Ryan Tanaka says it’s a step in the right direction but points out the industry is still required to operate with six feet of social distancing under the governor's new order.

He says before COVID-19 restrictions he could seat 200 people. But with six feet of social distancing, he can only seat around 125.

The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) is lobbying the governor’s office to change that rule to three feet.

KITV4 reached out to the governor’s office for comment on the request but so far has not heard back.

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