Hilo restaurants curtail services in response to COVID-19 spike

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Traffic cones blocked the parking lot at Ken's House of Pancakes on Monday. Ken's announced one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and is closed until Sept. 15.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A customer walks out of Hilo Burger Joint's patio area Monday with a takeout order. Hilo Burger Joint closed its dining room to help keep employees and customers safe.

Some Hilo restaurants are temporarily closing or reverting back to takeout service only because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in East Hawaii.