Betsy Scott, Kahului Ale House bartender and manager, serves drinks to patrons sitting between plexiglass partitions installed at the bar to mitigate risks of COVID-19. Scott said the owner’s work to make people feel comfortable and safe “is really quite impressive.” Maui County bars were allowed to reopen Monday and many operators said their customers were happy they did. The Maui News / KEHAULANI CERIZO photo

KAHULUI — Kahului resident Marjorie Mitzel said she wouldn’t have come to the Kahului Ale House on the first day it reopened if she didn’t feel safe.

“I feel comfortable here,” she said on Monday afternoon. “I’m 78 years old, and that to me is important, comfort and safety.”

Mitzel added that it’s “fantastic” to be out because

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