Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s recent decision for two more weeks of a lockdown on Oahu has detrimental and severe economic impacts to our local businesses and employees. The other counties of Hawaii have chosen not to lock down.
This second lockdown is the final nail in the coffin for many, many local businesses. We will not die from COVID-19; we will die from the lockdown. I am certainly not trying to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic, it is awful and we must all do our best to stay safe and protect our kupuna.
What is completely unfair is the fact that mainland big-box stores and online retailers — such as Amazon, Wayfair, Costco, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Office Max — are all allowed to sell and deliver furniture “all day long” in Hawaii during this pandemic, all profiting from the COVID pandemic and the mayor’s shutdown.
Meanwhile, local businesses such