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I own Creekside Lounge Kailua, which had been open every day since 1982 until March 19, 2020.

Even after the statewide coronavirus shutdown, I was paying my employees, but then the state offered $600 dollars a week for their weekly incomes, so now all they want is unemployment.

We need to lift the lockdown restrictions off so we can all get back to work. My revenues have dried up, yet I still have huge monthly bills, for rent, insurance, etc.

A lot of bar owners are my friends. We are well-educated adults and are capable of making good decisions about social distancing in our establishments.

Shawne Garliepp, Kailua
#LetHawaiiWork
Photo from Creekside Lounge website