By Jim Bea Sampaga
On April 26, Governor David Ige announced the extension of Hawaii’s stay-at-home order through May 31, 2020. Also extended through the end of May is the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for visitors and residents entering the islands and inter-island travelers. Social distancing and outside activity limitations will still apply and be effective until the end of May.
Additionally, Gov. Ige signed a fifth supplemental proclamation on April 16 that encourages everyone to follow enhanced social distancing requirements such as wearing masks, limited outside activities and additional essential business operations requirements.
The proclamation also includes an eviction moratorium which prevents landlords from evicting their tenants because of the failure to pay rent.
Gov Ige’s proclamation encourages everyone to wear masks. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed an emergency order on April 14 requiring Oahu residents to wear masks in public.
The April 16 emergency supplemental proclamation includes limitations on outside activities such as:
- Beach closures: Sitting, standing, lying down, lounging and sunbathing on any state beach are strictly prohibited. Only those who are walking through the beach to access the ocean for surfing, solo paddling and swimming are allowed as long as physical distancing requirements are maintained.
- Boating restrictions: No more than two persons are allowed in any boat on Hawai’i waters for recreational purposes unless they are all part of a single residential unit. All boats shall maintain a 20 feet distance from other boats.
- Hiking restrictions: No group of more than two persons is allowed to hike state trails unless all hikers in the group are a part of a single residential unit. Those who are not part of a single residential unit shall keep a distance of 20 feet from other hikers.
- Fishing and gathering limitations: No group of two or more persons may engage in fishings and gatherings unless everyone in the group is part of a single residential unit.
Essential businesses who are currently open such as the food industry are required to:
- Maintain the six-foot distances in their stores and enforce it on their customers waiting in lines or moving around their stores. Checkout operations will also follow the six-feet distance guideline.
- Limit their customer occupancy in their stores and facility to maintain the social-distancing guidelines
- Have employees who directly interact with customers frequently utilize hand sanitizers and sanitizing products and regularly disinfect all high-touch surfaces
- Have everyone in the establishment, employees and customers, wear a face mask
- To work online and remotely by encouraging their customers to do business by phone or online and/or provide pick-up at store or delivery services
- Have signages at their facility entrance informing employees and customers to not enter the facility if they are feeling unwell; maintain a six-foot distance; sneeze and cough into their elbow; and not shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact
Additionally, Gov Ige signed another executive order that authorizes liquor licensees to sell unopened beer, wine or pre-packaged cocktails with food for pick- up, delivery and take out. Liquor must be consumed off the licensed premises.