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COVID-19 case counts were directly connected to restaurant traffic, marketing group says

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In this Jan. 17, 2021, file photo, a passerby wearing a protective mask is reflected in the window of an empty restaurant.

With Oʻahu and Maui dropping their vaccine card check at the doors of restaurants, what’s the forecast for the rest of 2022? The Conversation talked with Doug Harris, founder of the Food Gurus Hawaii, which tracks daily transactions at eateries across the state. The challenge for businesses has been the surge in the coronavirus, as well as labor shortages and rising food costs.

This interview aired on The Conversation on March 3, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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