Chinatown businesses affected by coronavirus fears
By Cindy Ellen Russell |
February 15, 2020
| Updated on March 11, 2020 at 3:26 pm
Video by Cindy Ellen Russell and Rob Shikina
Community leaders urged Hawaii residents and visitors to not be apprehensive of shopping for groceries in Chinatown.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell held a Saturday press conference at Kekaulike Mall with other government officials and local Chinatown business representatives to encourage the public that the district is safe. Chinatown business remains brisk during the weekend but has experienced a 20 to 50 percent down turn during the week days due to coronavirus fears.
Paul Min, owner of You Market II at Keakaulike Market, said his business is down about 20 percent.
A shopper wears a mask at Kekaulike Mall.
Chinatown business owner Victor Lim speaks at Saturday's press conference.
A shopper wears a mask while shopping at Kekaulike Mall on Saturday.