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Hawaii: State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

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February 24, 2021:

(Honolulu City and County): On February 22, 2021, Mayor Blangiardi issued Emergency Order 2021-02, which implements Honolulu’s reopening Tier 3 framework. The key changes from Emergency Order 2021-01 include:

  • Increases gathering size limits to 10 people, including at city and state parks and beaches;
  • Increases in the permitted size of performing groups to 10 people; and
  • Removal of the occupancy limitation of 50% for indoor retail businesses.

This Order supersedes all prior Orders issued by the Office of the Mayor. The Order takes effect on February 25, 2021 and continues through April 10, 2021, unless movement to another tier is required earlier by Honolulu’s COVID-19 Reopening Framework.

February 22, 2021:

(Maui County): On February 19, 2021, Mayor Michael Victorio announced a new program to increase face mask usage throughout the county. The program, “Mask Up for Maui County,” enlists the help of volunteers to serve as community ambassadors who remind visitors and residents that wearing face masks is mandatory throughout the county.

(Kauai County): On February 19, 2021, Mayor Kawakami issued a Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, continuing the disaster relief or emergency period for an additional sixty days after the last effective date of the previous proclamation.

February 15, 2021:

Governor Ige recently issued the Eighteenth Proclamation related to the COVID-19 emergency, requiring all persons entering the state to self-quarantine for 10 days (with some exceptions), including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 but are no longer at risk of infecting others. Individuals are also required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public. The Proclamation extends the disaster emergency relief period through April 13, 2021, unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation.

(Honolulu City and County): On February 9, 2021, Mayor Blangiardi signed an Eleventh Proclamation of Emergency that declared a state of emergency period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in place for 60 days, unless terminated earlier pursuant to Hawaii law. Mayor Blangiardi also issued Emergency Order 2021-01, amending and restating the Order implementing the prior Tier 2 order, which is substantially the same as the previous Order. The Emergency Order takes effect on February 15, 2021 and will continue through March 15, 2021 unless movement to another tier is required by Honolulu’s COVID-19 Reopening Framework.

(Hawaii County): Mayor Roth issued Emergency Rule No. 14 (Extension), which extends Emergency Rule No. 14 until April 12, 2021. Mayor Roth also issued a Sixth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation further extending the local state of emergency through April 12, 2021.

January 27, 2021:

As of January 25, the state of Hawaii will require travelers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure to avoid a 10-day quarantine in Hawaii. Hawaii will only accept Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab test from a list of “Trusted Testing and Travel Partners”.

January 25, 2021:

(Maui County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which clarify that face coverings must be worn while walking to and from the pool or beach area, and may only be removed once the person is stationary and adequately separated from non-household members. The rule also adds gas stations to the list of facilities to which face coverings are required, and to which the Maui County exception does not apply. Unless a more specific limit applies, essential or designated retail businesses must limit total occupancy to 30% of the maximum occupancy. Businesses or designated operations are required to refuse entry to persons not wearing face coverings, unless an exception applies, and failure to enforce the Rules may be subject to enforcement including fines and mandatory closure. The order further amends the self-quarantine period for travelers to 10 days, consistent with Governor Ige’s Seventeenth Emergency Proclamation. The Rules further detail the requirements for travelers who wish to enter the county, including the requirement that they be registered on an exposure notification system. The rules take effect on January 19, 2021.

January 4, 2021:

(Honolulu City & County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell issued Emergency Order No. 2020-31, which further implements Honolulu’s reopening Tier 2 framework. The Order includes a new section addressing the requirements for individuals who hold limited self-quarantine exemptions from the state, including requirements for a first post-arrival test, installation of the LumiSight Workplace application, daily wellness or location checks, compliance with the terms of the State’s limited exception, and isolation and immediate reporting of positive tests. The Order is effective upon execution and continues through February 14, 2021.

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued Emergency Rule #23 Amendment 1, which is effective January 5, 2021, exempts intercounty travelers ages five and older from quarantine if the travelers receive a negative test result from an approved test taken after they have been physically present in the State for at least 72 hours. Upon entry into the county, the traveler must upload or otherwise provide written hard copy confirmation of a negative test results. If a traveler has made one or more trips traveling between counties after a test is administered, the test does not meet the requirement of an approved test for proposes of the negative test exception. Tests administered within the county also do not meet the requirement of an approved COVID-19 test for purposes of the negative test exception. Mayor Kawakami also issued Emergency Rule #24 which shortens the required mandatory self-quarantine period consistent with Governor Ige’s Seventeenth Proclamation, and which also requires those participating in the Enhanced Movement Quarantine program to receive both a negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered within 72 hours prior to the final leg of departure of their trip to Kauai, and a second negative test administered 72 hours or more after their arrival in order to be exempt from mandatory self-quarantine.

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which reduces the size of indoor or outdoor social gatherings from 10 persons, down to five persons. Bars and restaurants must close no later than 10 p.m., and restaurants, bars, food courts, commercial events, and other food establishments must limit occupancy to no more than 30% of the maximum interior occupant load. Bars must also limit groups within the bar to a maximum of five individuals per group.

December 29, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Roth issued a Fifth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation further extending the local state of emergency through February 14, 2021.

With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Roth issued Emergency Rule No. 14, which revises the mandatory self-quarantine period to 10 days, instead of 14.

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued a Sixth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, continuing the disaster relief or emergency period for an additional 60 days after the last effective day of the previous proclamation.

(Maui County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Victorino issued a Public Health Emergency Proclamation, which takes effect December 30, 2020, and terminates 60 days after the date of the proclamation unless otherwise terminated

Mayor Victorino also issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which require businesses or designated operations to refuse or allow entry to persons not wearing face coverings, unless an exception applies. Business that fail to enforce the Emergency Rules, or fail to comply with the Rules, may be subject to enforcement, including fines and mandatory closure. The amendments also revise the mandatory self-quarantine period to 10 days, instead of 14. The Rules further provide that persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19 but are no longer at risk of infecting others may obtain an exemption from a travel quarantine prior to travel.

December 21, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Seventeenth Proclamation related to the COVID-19 Emergency, which requires counties to enforce the statewide mask mandate. The order, effective December 17, reduces the number of days for the self-quarantine period for travelers to the state and for inter-county travelers, from 14 days from, the date of entry, to 10 days from the day of entry. Persons who previously tested positive for COVID-19, but who are no longer at risk of infecting others may obtain an exemption that allows them to break quarantine, based on conditions established by the Department of Health. Those who qualify for the exemption, shall also be exempt from any intercounty quarantine for 10 days following their arrival in the state. Businesses or operations are no required to recognize the exemption from the travel self-quarantine period, regardless of any exemption from the state. The Proclamation extends the disaster emergency relief period through February 14, 2021, unless otherwise terminated or superseded.

December 10, 2020:

(Maui County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which orders bars that do not have a certified kitchen within the premises to be closed from December 12 through December 26, 2020. Restaurants with bars must close bar seating during this period, however table service is allowed. The rules take effect on December 12, 2020.

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued Re-Instated Mayor’s Emergency Rule #1 Amendment #3, which requires camping permits for each resident of designated county campgrounds, regardless of age. Camping permits may be issued on a calendar month basis. The County’s Park Permit Office may also place additional rules and guidelines on the use of county campgrounds in the permit, beyond those identified in the Rule.

December 7, 2020:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which incorporates the facial covering requirements of Governor Ige’s Fifteenth Proclamation, with an exception within Maui County for persons who are stationary and adequately separated (such as occupying a pool lounge chair, beach chair, or towel). Face coverings must be worn while walking to and from the pool or beach area. The exception does not apply on sidewalks, hiking trails, and in parks and similar areas unless actively engaged in strenuous outdoor physical activity, provided social distancing is maintained; in open air or partially open malls or similar facilities, or in facilities in which special rules are established, such as bars and restaurants.

December 2, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued a Fourth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation further extending the local state of emergency through December 31, 2020. Mayor Kim also issued Emergency Rule No. 13, which updates the County’s policy on face coverings and travel policies. All persons within the County are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in public settings, unless covered by the rule’s limited exceptions. Businesses are required to refuse admission or service to individuals who fail to wear a face covering and who are not subject to an exception under the rule. Face shields (plexiglass or clear plastic shields and the like) are not permissible substitutes for a face covering (which must be made of tightly woven fabric, without holes, vents, or valves), unless an exception to the face covering requirement applies. All travelers to Hawai’i Island are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless an exemption or modification applies. The Rule identifies the specific requirements that apply to transpacific and interisland travelers who seek to enter the island under an exemption, including the negative test exception.

(Kauai County): On November 27, with Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued Emergency Rule No. 23, revoking the negative test exception for all travelers entering the County. All travelers entering into the County of Kauai (either inter-county travelers or travelers to the State) who do not have a valid exemption from the State are required to enter into a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The Rule takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2020.

December 1, 2020:

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued Emergency Rule No. 23, revoking the negative test exception for all travelers entering the County. All travelers entering into the County of Kauai (either inter-county travelers or travelers to the State) who do not have a valid exemption from the State are required to enter into a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The Rule takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2020.

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued a Fourth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation further extending the local state of emergency through December 31, 2020. Mayor Kim also issued Emergency Rule No. 13, which updates the County’s policy on face coverings and travel policies. All persons within the County are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in public settings, unless covered by the rule’s limited exceptions. Businesses are required to refuse admission or service to individuals who fail to wear a face covering and who are not subject to an exception under the rule. Face shields (plexiglass or clear plastic shields and the like) are not permissible substitutes for a face covering (which must be made of tightly woven fabric, without holes, vents, or valves), unless an exception to the face covering requirement applies. All travelers to Hawai’i Island are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless an exemption or modification applies. The Rule identifies the specific requirements that apply to transpacific and interisland travelers who seek to enter the island under an exemption, including the negative test exception.

November 24, 2020:

On November 23, Governor Ige issued a Sixteenth Supplementary Proclamation which clarifies that the second exception to the self-quarantine requirement applies to persons who prior to departure to the State, upload into the State’s Safe Travels program, or otherwise provide written hard copy confirmation from a DOH approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from an observed test administered to the traveler within 72 hours from the final leg of departure.

November 23, 2020:

(Honolulu City and County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued Emergency Order 2020-30, and Amended and Restated Order Implementing Tier 2 of Honolulu’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework. The order maintains the City’s status in Tier 2, through December 31, 2020. The Order amends its face-covering provisions, consistent with the state-wide face covering requirement. Mayor Caldwell also issued a Ninth Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster which declares a state of emergency or disaster period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, through December 31, 2020, unless further extended or otherwise terminated.

November 17, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Fifteenth Supplementary Proclamation which requires all persons in the state to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public, subject to limited exceptions. Businesses or operations must refuse admission or service to any individual that fails to war a face covering and is not subject to an exception under the Proclamation. Businesses or operations that do not enforce the face covering rule may be subject to enforcement, including fines and mandatory closure.

Hotel operators are required to adopt a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for each property they operate while the Proclamation is in effect. The Plan must identify the safety protocols implemented and required in the facility, and must address all applicable CDC guidance. The Proclamation clarifies that its Travel rules or any waivers/exemption from those rules do not impede or supersede the CDC or DOH’s authority to require people to quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19 or if they are a close contact of a person confirmed positive for COVID-19. The disaster emergency relief period is further extended through December 31, 2020.

November 12, 2020:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued amended Public Health Emergency Rules which restate the previously amended Public Health Emergency Rules, but added neck gaiters made of at least two layers of fabric or that are worn doubled-over across the nose and mouth to the list of permitted masks or facial coverings. Businesses are expressly authorized to adopt stricter protocols or face-covering requirements than stated under the Rules. The amended Rules lift the stay-at-home order previously instituted for the island of Lanai, and simply encourage residents to stay at home unless to conduct essential activities or government functions, or to patronize or operate essential or designated businesses. Travelers to Lanai must quarantine unless exempted by pre-testing for COVID-19 or approved for CISA limited quarantine. The Lanai island provisions remain in effect until November 30, 2020.

November 9, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kim issued Amendment No. 3 and Extension to Mayor’s Emergency Rule No. 12, which requires up to 25% of trans-Pacific travelers who use the State’s negative test exception to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival to Hawai’i island. Travelers are not required to quarantine while awaiting the results of their second “arrival test.”

The Amendment further requires up to 25% of trans-Pacific travelers who are using the pre-test exception, but who do not have their results upon arrival, to take a test upon arrival. These travelers must quarantine while awaiting the results of their pre-test but need not quarantine while awaiting the results of their arrival test, after they have achieved a negative result for the pre-test. Travelers who do not avail themselves of the negative test exception are not subject to the arrival test and are subject to the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. There is no option for testing out of the mandatory self-quarantine with a subsequent negative test result.

Travelers who enter the state to perform critical infrastructure functions, or who have otherwise been excepted by the Director of Emergency Management or his designee, are subject to self-quarantine by may obtain a limited exception from the State, which may authorize them to temporarily break self-quarantine only for the purpose expressed in the written exemption. Travelers who require paid or commercial lodging while subject to the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine must designate a hotel or motel as their quarantine location, and may not designate short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, or other “transient accommodations” as a quarantine location, except for: (1) visiting essential and critical infrastructure workers, provided quarantine restrictions are followed, and (2) travelers who meet the negative test-exception (pre-test with negative test results on arrival). Persons who have pre-arranged long-term residential housing of 180 days or longer, may use such housing as their designated quarantine location if the full 14-day self-quarantine period is observed. The Order is effective from November 6, 2020 through November 30, 2020.

October 27, 2020:

(Maui County): On October 23, Mayor Victorino issued a Public Health Emergency Proclamation for the County, which is effective October 30, 2020 and terminates after 60 days, unless otherwise terminated.

October 26, 2020:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which clarified rules on permitted masks or facial coverings, which do not include masks with exposed external valves, neck gaiters, bandanas, or face shields without a permitted mask underneath. The Order also adds to the list of persons not subject to any quarantine or stay-at-home order, those who travel solely between Kalawao County and other locations on Molokai. The Order also institutes a stay-at-home order for the island of Lanai, until November 11, 2020. Individuals may only leave their residences to conduct Essential Activities, provided they are conducted by only one member of the household, unless the presence of additional household members, such as minors or other dependents, is absolutely necessary. Travelers from Lanai to Maui or Molokai are required to quarantine unless exempt by pre-testing or approved for CISA limited quarantine. The Rules take effect on October 27, 2020.

October 21, 2020:

(Hawaii County): On October 18, with Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kim issued Amendment No. 2 and Extension to Mayor’s Emergency Rule No. 12, which adopts two options for the negative test exception: (1) a pre-travel negative test exception that follows the State’s transpacific travel testing program; and (2) a negative test-exception which allows interisland travelers to present a negative test result taken during their 14-day self-quarantine period (after arrival on Hawai‘i island) to be released from quarantine. The Amendment further lists an exception for travel outside of the Island for medical purposes. The Order is effective from October 21, 2020 through November 30, 2020.

(Kauai County): On October 16, with Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami issued Amendment No. 1 to Mayor’s Emergency Rule #19, which establishes the threshold at which the County will revoke the negative test exception for travelers to enter the county. The Amendment further clarifies the face-covering requirements, which apply to all persons five years of age and older, who are in any setting in which they are in close contact with people who do not live in their immediate household, and who are not subject to one of the limited exceptions to the requirement.

October 15, 2020:

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #20, which adopts a negative test exception for the County. In addition to the pre-travel testing program requirements, the Rule provides that (1) interisland travelers cannot use a test administered in the County, to ensure travelers do not take a test prior to exposure to COVID-19 during their trip; and (2) require travelers to take one test per trip. Multiple trips may not be taken to and from the County if results for only one test have been submitted.

On October 12, with Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #19, which implements Business and Recreational Guidelines based on four tiers dependent on the level of COVID-19 transmission within the County. Specific rules govern indoor and outdoor social gatherings, businesses, operations, and activities based on the applicable tier. All persons five years of age and older are required to wear a face covering whether indoors or outdoors, in any setting in which they are in within 6 feet of people who don’t live in their immediate household. Limited exceptions exist for those who can prove they fall under an excepted category of persons, by a preponderance of the evidence. The Rule further provides that if the 7-day average of reported daily COVID-19 cases reaches 5 or more for one week, the County shall submit a rule which revokes the negative test exception established by Governor Ige’s Proclamation.

(Honolulu City and County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell issued Emergency Order No. 2020-28, which imposes a 50% occupancy limit on vehicles or planes used by tours and skydiving operators. Attached to the order as an exhibit is an Amended “Honolulu’s COVID-19 Reopening Framework.”

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kim issued an Amendment to Mayor’s Emergency Rule No. 12, which implements testing requirements for transpacific and interisland travelers, subject to the State’s negative test exception. The Amendment is effective from October 15, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which add to the list of persons excepted from the self-quarantine requirement, persons who are not subject to any quarantine and who travel outside the County solely for medical purposes, provided the travel is same day or overnight only.

October 14, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation which clarifies that persons under the age of five who are accompanied by a traveler who meets the previously established negative test exception (which becomes effective on October 15, 2020), do not need to obtain a test prior to arrival. Counties may require all travelers five years and older to obtain a subsequent test after arriving in the State, provided the county pays for and administers the test at a county-designated site. The Proclamation also implements rules authorizing applications for duplicate and renewal of state civil identification cards to be completed remotely. The disaster emergency relief period is further extended through November 30, 2020.

October 5, 2020:

On October 1, Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which repeal the earlier Emergency Rules, and restate its encouragement to individuals in the County to stay at home, and requirement that individuals above the age of 5 wear a face covering while in all public spaces, unless subject to limited exemptions. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of no more than 10 people are permitted, provided face coverings are worn and physical distancing maintained between separate groups. The order extends the nightly closure of outdoor county courts, such as for tennis or basketball, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Further, unless subject to limited exceptions, all persons traveling to the County, whether inter-island or from out of state, are subject to a health screening and mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period. Exemptions from the self-quarantine requirement may be requested. The Rules take effect on October 6, 2020 and continue through October 29, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

October 1, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued Emergency Rule No. 12, which continues Emergency Rule No. 11’s requirements regarding the use of face coverings for those persons not subject to limited exceptions to the Rule and restrictions on the size and safety requirements applicable to permitted indoor or outdoor social gatherings. The Rule further recognizes the new negative test-exception pursuant to the 13th Proclamation. The rule takes effect immediately, and continues through October 21, 2020.

September 30, 2020:

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami reinstated Mayor’s Emergency Rule #1 Amendment #2, which extends the expiration date for camping permits until October 31, 2020.

September 28, 2020:

On September 22, Governor Ige issued a Thirteenth Supplementary Proclamation which extends the disaster emergency relief period through October 31, 2020. The Proclamation requires all persons to wear facial coverings in compliance with county orders, rules, and directives approved by Governor Ige. The interisland travel quarantine requirements remain in effect for all persons traveling from within the state to the Islands of Kaua‘i, Hawaii and the Islands comprising the Counties of Maui and Kalawao. Counties may develop a negative test exception to the Interisland Travel Quarantine in conjunction with the State and may adopt and implement such an exception.

Travelers to the state are still subject to a mandatory self-quarantine period, except for those (1) entering the state by recreational boats into the State’s non-commercial harbors, which have been at sea for 14 consecutive days before entering State waters, and which have no persons on board who are ill or displaying symptoms of COVID-19; or (2) those who, upon entry, provide written confirmation from a State approved COVID-19 testing facility of a negative test result from a test administered to the traveler within 71 hours from the final leg of departure. The negative test exception becomes effective on October 15, 2020.

(City and County of Honolulu): On September 23, Mayor Caldwell issued a Sixth Supplemental Proclamation extending the state of emergency through October 31, 2020. Mayor Caldwell also issued Emergency Order 2020-27, implementing Tier 1 of Honolulu’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework. The Order takes effect on September 24, 2020 and continues through October 31, 2020. The order:

  • Permits individuals living within the City to leave their residences to engage in Essential Activities, maintain Essential Governmental Functions, operate/visit Essential Businesses, or operate/visit/utilize Designated Businesses and Operations. All other activities, businesses, and operations are prohibited. Physical distancing and the use of face coverings are required at all times reasonably possible, to the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces.
  • Requires all businesses with a facility in the City, except Essential Businesses and Designated Businesses and Operations, are required to cease all activities within such facilities except Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Prohibits indoor and outdoor social gatherings of more than 5 individuals, except for gatherings/events/activities permitted under Section II of the order;
  • Permits travel for Essential Travel and Essential Activities, and travel in and out of the City to perform Essential Activities, operate or visit Essential Businesses and Designated Businesses and Operations or to maintain Essential Governmental Functions, but prohibits all other travel.
  • Requires the use of face coverings in public spaces, except under limited circumstances.
  • Permits City and County of Honolulu parks, campgrounds, trails and botanical gardens to be opened for limited use;
  • Permits beaches and sand bars within the City to be opened for limited use;
  • Generally, prohibits singing, the playing wind instruments, and similar activities, but permits such activities if they are performed at a gathering/business/operation authorized under the Order, and mitigation measures are taken.
  • Generally, requires shared indoor spaces (such as lunch rooms, break rooms, and conference rooms located in public and private businesses and operations) be closed, and that alternative and suitable outdoor spaces be used to the extent practicable.

Hawaii County: On September 22, with Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim extended Emergency Rule No. 11, which requires the use of face coverings for those persons not subject to limited exceptions, restricts the size of permitted social gatherings to groups of up to 10 people, and imposes a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine requirement on all persons traveling to the County interisland or from out of state.

September 22, 2020:

(Hawaii County): On September 16, Mayor Kim extended, with Governor Ige’s approval, Emergency Rule No. 11 through September 30, 2020, effective immediately.

September 15, 2020:

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #16, which permits an expansion of the permissible quarantine locations for guests subject to quarantine restrictions, to include resorts and hotel facilities that satisfy the Rule’s requirements. The Rule became effective September 15, 2020.

August 31, 2020:

(Honolulu City and County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Second Stay at Home/Work from Home Order. All individuals within the City are required to stay at home, except to participate in Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate or visit Essential businesses. All businesses within the City, except for Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities, except to maintain minimum basic operations. Businesses may continue operations which consist exclusively of employees or contractors working from home. Essential Businesses are required to maintain social distancing requirements. Essential businesses include, among others:

  • Grocery stores,
  • Food cultivation,
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
  • Educational Institutions (including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities), for the propose of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provider social distancing is maintained. The University of Hawaii System and State Department of Education are excepted from the Order’s restrictions on educational institutions.
  • Businesses that supply produces for those working from home;
  • Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate
  • Professional services, such as legal, accounting, insurance, or real estate services when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
  • Critical trades

Indoor and outdoor social gatherings of any type and number of people are prohibited. Unless covered by the limited exceptions to the rule, all individuals within the City are required to wear face coverings while outdoors, if maintaining a physical distance of 6-feet from individuals of other households or living units is not feasible. Face coverings must be worn in indoor public spaces. The order prohibits singing and/or the playing of a wind instrument and similar activities but permits such activities if they are performed at a gathering/business/operation authorized under the order, and mitigation measures are taken (physical distancing and physical barriers). The order takes effect on August 27, 2020 and continues through September 9, 2020.

August 25, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued Emergency Rule No. 11, which continues the previous Rule’s requirements regarding the use of face coverings for those persons not subject to limited exceptions to the Rule. The Rule restricts the size of permitted indoor or outdoor social gatherings to groups of up to 10 people, provided face coverings are worn and physical distancing between separate groups are maintained. The Rule furthers imposes a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine requirement on all persons traveling to the County interisland or from out of state. Exemptions from or modifications to the self-quarantine requirement must be requested and approved by the County.

Pursuant to the Twelfth Proclamation, short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfast homes, or other types of transient vacation rentals may not be designated as a quarantine location, except by visiting essential and critical infrastructure workers, provide quarantine restrictions are followed. The Rule went into effect on August 21, 2020, and will continue through September 30, 2020, unless otherwise extended, revised or terminated.

August 24, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Twelfth Proclamation which extends the disaster emergency relief period through September 30, 2020. The Proclamation requires all persons to wear facial coverings in compliance with county orders, rules, and directives approved by Governor Ige. The interisland travel quarantine requirements remain in effect for all persons traveling from within the state to the Islands of Kaua‘i, Hawaii and the Islands comprising the Counties of Maui and Kalawao. Travelers to the state are still subject to a mandatory self-quarantine period, but travelers entering the State to perform critical infrastructure functions may obtain a limited exemption which allows them to temporarily breach self-quarantine while performing critical infrastructure functions. Any granted exemption shall be void if the person subject to the exemption fails to wear appropriate protective gear and fails to follow the safe practices identified in the Proclamation while engaged in the activities expressed in the written exemption.

The Proclamation further authorizes counties to establish an Enhanced Movement Quarantine (“EMQ”) program through agreements with resort or hotel facilities, which restrict participating travelers who enter the State as part of an EMQ program to clearly-defined geographical areas, including adjacent shoreline areas where beach access is permitted by state and county authorities, provided limited contact with those not subject to self-quarantine is ensured, safety, monitoring, and enforcement measures are taken, and participating travelers bear all costs related to their participation in the EMQ, among other requirements.

August 20, 2020:

(City and County of Honolulu): with Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell released Emergency Order No. 2020-24 (“Act Now Honolulu – No Social Gatherings”). The Order mandates the following:

  • All individuals currently living within the city of Honolulu stay at their place of residence and work from home, and leave only for essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate or visit an essential business or designated business and operation.
  • All businesses with a facility in the city except essential businesses and designated businesses and operations must cease all activities within such facilities, except minimum basic operations.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gatherings of any type and any number of people are prohibited. A “social gathering” is any gathering or even that brings people from multiple households or living unit together at the same time for a discrete, shared or group experience, in a single room, space or place.
  • All travel, except essential travel and essential activities, is prohibited.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all individuals, including employees and customers of essential businesses and designated businesses and operations. Exceptions to the face-coverings requirement are made for, among others, children under the age of 5, individuals with medical conditions or disabilities whose health and safety may be risked by wearing a face covering.
  • City and State Parks are closed, with limited exceptions.

The Order is effective at 12:00 AM on August 20, 2020 and will continue through September 16, 2020.

August 17, 2020:

(Kauai County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #15, which prohibits persons subject to self-quarantine from renting motor vehicles, whether through a rental car company, online service, or peer-to-peer platform or car sharing service, upon entering the island. The Rule became effective August 11, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Mayor Kawakami also amended Mayor’s Emergency Rule #13, limiting outdoor gatherings of groups from 100 to 25 people, effective August 11, 2020.

August 11, 2020:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued Amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which repeal the July 31, 2020 Emergency Rules, and reinstate provisions which encourage individuals in the County to stay at home, and requires individuals above the age of 5 to wear a face covering in all public spaces, with exceptions for (among others) those who cannot wear a face covering due to an existing medical condition. The Rules permit indoor and outdoor gatherings of no more than 10 people, provided face coverings are worn and physical distancing maintained between separate groups. Designated businesses and operations may continue to operate, subject to the Rules’ requirements, however, Nightclubs and concert halls are ordered closed, except to conduct minimum basic operations, which do not include in-person public or customer interactions. The Rules also require all persons traveling to the County to self-quarantine, beginning from the date of entry and lasting 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in Maui, whichever is shorter. The Rules take effect on August 6, 2020 and continue through August 29, 2020, unless otherwise extended.

August 10, 2020:

Governor Ige released the Eleventh Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency (“Interisland Travel Quarantine”). The Proclamation requires all persons traveling to the Islands of Kauai, Hawaii, and the Islands comprising the Counties of Maui and Kalawao to self-quarantine from the date of entry onto the island and for 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence on the island, whichever is shorter. The travel quarantine shall continue through August 31, 2020 unless terminated or continued by a subsequent proclamation.

(Honolulu County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell issued Emergency Order No. 2020-23 (“Act With Care – Do Not Gather”). The Order mandates the following:

  • All individuals currently living within the city of Honolulu stay at their place of residence and leave only for essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate or visit an essential business or designated business and operation.
  • All businesses with a facility in the city except essential businesses and designated businesses and operations must cease all activities within such facilities, except minimum basic operations.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gatherings up of more than 10 individuals are prohibited. Physical distancing between members of different households must be maintained and face coverings must be worn for indoor and outdoor social gatherings of up to 10 individuals.
  • All travel, except essential travel and essential activities, is prohibited.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all individuals, including employees and customers of essential businesses and designated businesses and operations. Exceptions to the face-coverings requirement are made for, among others, children under the age of 5, individuals with medical conditions or disabilities whose health and safety may be risked by wearing a face covering.

The Order takes effect at 12:00 a.m. on August 8, 2020, and continues through September 4, 2020.

Mayor Caldwell also released a Fifth Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster, which extends the state of emergency, previously set to terminate on August 31, 2020, until September 30, 2020.

August 6, 2020:

Governor Ige announced that the inter-island travel quarantine is going to be reinstated, in part, on Tuesday August 11, 2020. Governor Ige also announced his approval of Honolulu Mayor Caldwell’s “Act with Care – Do Not Gather Order,” which will take effect on August 8, 2020 at 12:00 am and will continue through 12:00 am on September 4.

August 4, 2020:

(Honolulu County): Mayor Caldwell released Emergency Order No. 2020-22 (“Amended and Restated Restore Honolulu 5.0”), which replaces Emergency Order No. 2020-21. The amended order prohibits indoor or outdoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals. The Order will remain in effect until August 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM or until repealed or amended by subsequent order.

August 3, 2020:

(Honolulu County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell issued a Fourth Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster, which extends the state of emergency to August 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Caldwell released Emergency Order No. 2020-21 (“Restore Honolulu 5.0”) requiring all residents to shelter in place until August 31, 2020 at 3:30 PM. Persons may only leave their residence for essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate or visit essential businesses or designated businesses and operations. The Order includes the following provisions:

  • All businesses in the City, except essential businesses or designated businesses and operations, must cease all activities except minimum basic operations unless employees are working from home.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted with proper social distancing measures, and the wearing of face coverings. Outdoor events of more than 100 people are generally prohibited, unless the required physical distancing is maintainable.
  • All travel is prohibited, except for purposes of performing essential activities, maintaining essential governmental functions, or traveling to and from essential businesses or designated businesses and operations.
  • All individuals within the City must wear face coverings in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Exceptions to the face coverings requirement are made, among others, for children under the age of 5, individuals with medical conditions or disabilities where the wearing of a face covering may pose a health or safety risk, those engaged in physical activity outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained, and those in within banks, financial institutions, or using automate teller machines where the face covering could pose a security risk.
  • City and County of Honolulu parks are opened for use with proper social distancing measures in place.

The order is effective upon execution and remains in effect until 3:30 pm on August 31, 2020.

(Kaua’i County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami released Re-Instated Mayor’s Emergency Rule #1, which reserves designated campgrounds at Lucy Wright Park, Salt Pond Beach Park, Lydgate Beach Park, Anahola Beach Park, and Anini Beach Park for members of the houseless community. Camping permits are required for each resident and expire on August 31, 2020.

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino issued amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which encourages all individuals in the county to stay at home. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people, and face coverings and physical distancing must be maintained. Exceptions are made for members of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address, and for essential or designated businesses and operations. Designated businesses and operations may continue to operate, subject to the Rules’ requirements, and include golf courses, safety inspection stations, automobile dealerships, music instruction, in-person spiritual services, drive-in services, restaurants, close contact personal services, outdoor organized team sports, and film production. Nightclubs and concert halls are ordered closed, except to conduct minimum basic operations, which do not include in-person public or customer interactions. The rules take effect on July 21, 2020 and remain in effect through August 29, 2020.

July 27, 2020:

(Maui County): Mayor Victorino released amended Public Health Emergency Rules, which repeal Rule #9, which previously closed East Maui except to residents. The mayor added Rule #10, which states that Liquor Control Officers have the authority to enforce emergency rules at any establishment licensed to sell alcohol. Any establishment that is not in compliance with the Public Health Emergency Rules will be subject to immediate closure for a twenty-four hour period. The Rules take effect on July 23, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and, with the exception of Rule 3, are effective through August 27, 2020.

(Honolulu County): Mayor Caldwell released a Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster due to Hurricane Douglas. As it relates to COVID-19, the Proclamation exempts hurricane shelters from the restrictions on indoor gatherings. The Proclamation will remain in effect until either 60 days from July 24, 2020, or issuance of a Declaration of Termination of Emergency, whichever occurs first.

(Kaua’i County): With Governor Ige’s concurrence, Mayor Kawakami amended Emergency Rule #13 by reducing the number of individuals allowed at an indoor gathering from 50 to 10 persons, effective July 23, 2020. Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 persons are still permitted, subject to restrictions and physical distancing requirements.

With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami reinstated and amended Emergency Rule #6, which took effect on July 22, 2020. The Rule requires all persons five years of age or older to wear a face covering, whether indoors or outdoors, in any setting in which they are in close contact (within six feet) of people who do not live in their immediate household. The Rule also requires face coverings to be worn my employees, customers, and visitors at all times inside any establishment in which close contact may occur. Exceptions exist for those who can prove, by a preponderance of evidence, that they are:

  • Consuming food or drink;
  • Entering banks or other financial institutions, or another place where the inability to verify the identity of the person may pose a security risk;
  • Interacting with a person who is hearing impaired who may rely on lip-reading to communicate;
  • Engaged in outdoor exercising where physical distancing can be maintained; or
  • Incapable of wearing a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. Medical exemptions must be issued by a licensed medical doctor, a doctor of osteopathy, or an advanced practice registered nurse.

With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kawakami issued Emergency Rule #14, which prohibits a transient vacation rental or homestay from being designated as a quarantine location for a new resident more than once in any sixth month period. The property owner, property manager, landlord, tenant, and guest are all responsible for ensuring compliance with this Rule, which became effective July 21, 2020.

July 23, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued Emergency Rule No. 10, which requires all persons to wear non-medical face coverings, except for those 5 years old and under, those with health or medical conditions that prevent them from waring a face covering, or those engaged in certain activities, such as actively communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, obtaining facial services which require removal of the covering, or those engaged in work-related activities who are able to physically distance from others by at least 6 feet.

Persons who are sick and exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the CDC shall not report to their places of employment and shall stay at their residences except to seek medical care. Businesses and operations must monitor and enforce the physical distancing requirements on their premises. Customer occupancy must be limited to the maximum number that can reasonably be accommodated while maintaining physical distancing requirements. All customers or patrons must sanitize hands before entering a business, and hand sanitizing stations must be available at each entrance. Most businesses, operations, and activities may operate, with specific rules for food establishments, county parks and recreational facilities, barbershops and beauty operators, and places of worship. Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues (such as concerts, sports, conventions, or expos), and road races (such as marathons and triathlons) remain closed. The Rule went into effect on June 21, 2020, and will continue through August 31, 2020, unless otherwise extended, revised or terminated.

July 20, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Tenth Supplementary Proclamation which extends the disaster relief period through August 31, 2020, and amends and restates all prior proclamations and executive orders, including the eviction moratorium. The Proclamation requires all travelers entering Hawaii to submit to a mandatory health screening process and 14-day self-quarantine period, unless exempted by the Governor’s Proclamation or the Director of Emergency Management. The exception for travelers who entered by recreational boats, have been at sea for at least 14 consecutive days, and are not ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, remains in place. Persons entering the state to perform critical infrastructure functions, as defined by the Proclamation, may break quarantine to perform those functions if they wear appropriate protective gear and follow safe practices.

The Proclamation reiterates the duty of all hosts to ascertain the self-quarantine period for all guests and determine whether each guest remains confined in the designated quarantine location. A host violates the Proclamation if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly fail to notify law enforcement if a guest subject to the self-quarantine order does not remain in their designated quarantine location. The Proclamation also reiterates the duty of persons who provide motor vehicles through peer-to-peer carsharing services to determine whether the person seeking to obtain the vehicle is subject to a self-quarantine and is attempting to obtain the vehicle during the self-quarantine period. It is a violation of the Proclamation to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly provide a vehicle to a person subject to the self-quarantine requirement through a car sharing service.

July 16, 2020:

City and County of Honolulu): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Second Amendment to Honolulu 4.0, which expands the face covering provisions to require all people in the City to also wear face coverings while indoors in public spaces, including the enclosed common areas of commercial and residential buildings. The Order takes effect on July 14, 2020.

July 7, 2020:

(City and County of Honolulu): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued Emergency Order 2020-18, which amends Honolulu 4.0 and requires all people in the City to wear face coverings while outdoors in public spaces, when physically distancing is not feasible. Individuals who are unable to wear a non-medical grade face covering due to medical conditions or disabilities are encouraged to wear a face shield instead. The Order further requires the use of face coverings for certain real estate services, dealership sales and leasing activities, retail and service businesses, business offices, and personal service providers. The Order takes effect on July 2, 2020.

June 29, 2020:

(Hawaii County): With Governor Ige’s approval, Mayor Kim issued Emergency Rule No. 9, which permits most businesses, operations, and activities to reopen, subject to certain restrictions. These restrictions include, among others, wearing facial coverings in public, maintaining a physical distance of six feet between other people, and limiting customer occupancy in businesses. Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues (such as concerts, sports, conventions, or expos), and road races (such as marathons and triathlons) remain closed. The Rule went into effect on June 26, and will continue through July 31, unless otherwise revised or terminated.

June 15, 2020:

(Hawaii County): Governor Ige approved Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 8, which permits the reopening of all business, operations, and activities (subject to conditions), with the exception of bars, nightclubs, public swimming pools, road races, and large indoor/outdoor venues, which remain closed. The Rule takes effect on June 15, 2020, and continues through July 31, 2020.

June 11, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Ninth Supplementary Proclamation which extends the disaster relief period through July 31, 2020, and amends and restates all prior proclamations and executive orders, including the eviction moratorium. The Proclamation differs from prior orders in that it omits the stay-at-home requirements and provisions regarding prohibited activities, beach closures, boating restrictions, hiking restrictions, and shore fishing limitations. The Proclamation further recommends safe practices, such as the use of cloth face coverings and physical distancing.

The 14-day self-quarantine requirement for travelers entering the state (except those who entered by recreational boats, have been at sea for at least 14 consecutive days, and are not ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms), remains in place. Persons entering the state to perform critical infrastructure functions, as defined by the Proclamation, may break quarantine to perform those functions if they wear appropriate protective gear and follow safe practices, but are otherwise subject to the self-quarantine requirement. The Proclamation further provides that the self-quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers expires at 12:01 am on June 16, 2020.

The Proclamation imposes new requirements and duties on all hosts, including individuals, partnerships, corporations, company associations, or any person, group, or entity that owns, rents, or leases a designated quarantine location. Hosts are now required to ascertain the self-quarantine period for all guests and determine whether each guest remains confined in the designated quarantine location. A host violates the Proclamation if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly fail to notify law enforcement if a guest subject to the self-quarantine order does not remain in their designated quarantine location. The Proclamation reiterates the earlier prohibition precluding travelers subject to the self-quarantine requirement from renting vehicles, but adds additional duties for persons who provide motor vehicles through peer-to-peer carsharing services, such as Turo and Zipcar. Such persons have a duty to determine whether the person seeking to obtain the vehicle is subject to a self-quarantine and is attempting to obtain the vehicle during the self-quarantine period. It is a violation of the Proclamation to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly provide a vehicle to a person subject to the self-quarantine requirement through a car sharing service.

(Kauai): Governor Ige approved Major Derek Kawakami’s request to reopen, with conditions, bars, bar top services, short term rentals, transient vacations rentals, and homestay operations, effective June 16, 2020. Governor Ige also concurred with the repeal, effective June 15, 2020, Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #9 (and any subsequent amendments), which imposed self-quarantine restrictions on certain persons traveling to the County of Kauai.

June 8, 2020:

(Honolulu City and County): Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued Emergency Order 2020-15, which was signed and approved by Governor Ige, which generally prohibits outdoor events involving more than 100 people and indoor events involving more than 50 people.

June 2, 2020:

Governor Ige announced that effective June 16, the 14-day quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers will be lifted.

May 28, 2020:

Governor Ige has announced his approval of proposals from the following counties to reopen certain businesses:

  • Honolulu City and County: Governor Ige has approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s request that personal service providers, including barbers, hair dressers, nail technicians, tattoo artists, and other beauty operators, resume operations (with modifications) starting on May 29, 2020. Governor Ige has also approved the reopening (with limitations) of outdoor attractions, including sea life attractions, water parks, pools, campgrounds, people’s open markets, shooting and archery ranges, and similar outdoor facilities, starting May 28, 2020. Further, beginning June 5, 2020, businesses or commercial businesses (in addition to restaurants), may resume non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less people, regardless of household.

    Mayor Caldwell’s Emergency Order No. 2020-14 corresponds with the Governor’s announcement and was signed, in approval, by Governor Ige.
     
  • Maui County: Governor Ige has approved Mayor Victorino’s request to reopen most business and services (with modifications). Bars and nightclubs, theatres, public gathering venues, banquet halls, and county community centers and gymnasiums remain closed. Public areas such as clubhouses, dog parks, playgrounds and skate parks, all county and beach parks, and select county pools will also open.

    Mayor Victorino’s Amended Public Health Emergency Rules correspond with Governor Ige’s announcement and were signed by the Governor.
     
  • Hawaii County: Governor Ige has approved Mayor Kim’s proposal to reopen (with modifications) places of worship, personal services (such as salons, barber shops, and beauty operations), and restaurants (including food courts, but excluding bars and nightclubs), beginning June 1, 2020.

    Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 5 corresponds with Governor Ige’s announcement and was signed, in a concurrence, by the Governor.
     
  • Kauai County: Governor Ige has approved Mayor Kawakami’s proposal to reopen (with modifications) pools, places of worship, outdoor tour activities, salons and barbershops, cleaning and construction work, and one-on-one personal services, such as fitness, tutoring, and music lessons, beginning May 22, 2020.

    Mayor Kawakami’s issued an Emergency Rule #10 corresponds with Governor Ige’s announcement and was signed, in a concurrence, by the Governor.

(Honolulu City and County): Mayor Caldwell issued an Executive Order which requires city residents to stay at home, except for essential activities or essential governmental functions, or to operate or visit essential or designated businesses and operations. Effective immediately, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 individuals (regardless of household), are now permitted, and effective June 5, 2020, indoor residential and noncommercial gatherings of up to 10 individuals (regardless of households) are permitted, provided physical distancing is maintained between separate gatherings. Parks may reopen, as determined by the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The order expands the list of designated businesses authorized to resume operation to include beaches (starting May 16, 2020), certain real estate services (starting June 5, 2020), food court dining areas in shopping malls (starting June 5, 2020), open areas and pools, in-person spiritual services, restaurants (which may resume table service dining beginning June 5, 2020), outdoor attractions, personal service providers, and business offices. The order includes specific requirements for businesses that resume operation, and amends some requirements for those previously authorized to operate. The Order takes effect on May 28, 2020, and continues through June 30, 2020.

May 15, 2020:

(Honolulu): Pursuant to Emergency Order 2020-11, retail and repair service businesses, outdoor sports fields and courts, and drive in services may resume operations today, provided they comply with the order’s specific requirements.

Earlier, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed an Emergency Order which extends Honolulu’s Stay At Home Order through June 30, 2020. The Order, among other things, authorizes businesses to deny admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering, provides for a limited reopening of city parks, and authorizes individuals to leave their homes only for an essential activity, essential governmental function, or to operate essential businesses or designated businesses and operations. Designated businesses and operations allowed to resume operations (subject to requirements) include golf courses, real estate services, car dealerships, automated and mobile services providers, educational services, floral businesses, and retail and repair service businesses, outdoor sport fields and courts, and drive-in services.

April 30, 2020:

Governor Ige has given approval to a handful of Oahu businesses to reopen at 4:30 pm Thursday, April 30, 2020, including certain real estate services, car dealerships, automated service providers, mobile service providers, golf courses, gravesite visits, and services provided on a one-on-one basis, as long as social distancing is maintained. These services, referred to as Designated Businesses and Operations, were enumerated in Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Amended and Restated Stay at Home/Work from Home Order, which takes effect at 4:30 pm on April 30, 2020, and remains in force until 4:30 pm on May 18, 2020.

(City of Honolulu): Businesses listed in Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Amended and Restated Stay at Home/Work from Home Order, including real estate services, car dealerships, automated service providers, mobile service providers, golf courses, and services provided on a one-on-one basis, as long as social distancing is maintained, may reopen at 4:30 pm.

April 26, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Sixth Supplementary Proclamation which amends and reinstates all prior emergency proclamations and Executive Orders in five main areas, including (1) the statewide coordination of COVID-19 responses, (2) the invocation of laws to support county and state responses to the continued state of emergency, (3) stay-at home requirements, which define essential businesses and operations, permitted and prohibited activities, social distancing requirements, and include provisions for persons experiencing homelessness, (4) self-quarantine requirements for all persons traveling to the state or inter-island; and (5) the suspension of various laws to enable state and county agencies to engage in emergency management functions. Notably, the order closes all beaches in Hawaii, but permits people to use beaches to access the ocean for outdoor exercise activities such as surfing and swimming, and to run, walk, or jog on the beach, provided social distancing requirements are maintained. The order also requires all employees of essential businesses or operations to wear a cloth face covering if they have any contact with customers or goods to be purchased.

The Proclamation extends the disaster emergency relief period through May 31, 2020 unless terminated earlier. The Proclamation’s Stay-At-Home order and self-quarantine travel restrictions take effect on April 26, 2020 at 12:01 am and remain in effect until 11:59 pm on May 31, 2020.

April 24, 2020:

(Honolulu): Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that Honolulu’s Stay At Home Order, initially set to expire on April 30, 2020, will be extended through May 31, 2020. City parks will re-open to the public on a limited basis on April 25, 2020.

April 16, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Fifth Supplementary Proclamation which imposes enhanced social distancing requirements. The Proclamation closes all Hawaii state beaches, and restricts recreational boating, hiking, and fishing activities. The Proclamation also requires essential businesses which are operating to, the fullest extent possible, monitor and enforce the 6-foot distancing requirement, limit the number of customers in a facility, and requires customers and employees who have any contact with customers or goods to wear cloth face coverings, in addition to other requirements. Additionally, the Proclamation suspends evictions from residential dwellings for failure to pay rent, lease or other related charges. The Proclamation continues for the duration of the disaster emergency relief period.

Governor Ige also signed two Executive Orders, one of which directs health care facilities, professionals, and volunteers to “render assistance in support of the State’s response” to the pandemic by, among other things, canceling or postponing elective surgeries and procedures as appropriate. Health care facilities, providers, and volunteers which, “comply completely with all state and federal orders regarding the disaster emergency” in good faith, are immunized from civil liability for death, injury, or property damage which occurs while the facility is providing health care services, unless the death, injury, or property damage is caused by willful misconduct, gross negligence, or recklessness. The second Order suspends various laws, such as licensure requirements for nursing program graduates, and the in-person appearance of persons applying for a marriage license, to enable counties and state agencies to engage in emergency management functions.

Both orders remain in effect for the duration of the emergency period, unless otherwise terminated.

April 9, 2020:

Governor Ige issued an Executive Order to expand funding available to county and state agencies by lifting a limitation on appropriation for debt service payments. Such appropriations are no longer limited to only principal and interest payments on general bonds. The order remains in effect for the duration of the emergency period, unless otherwise terminated by separate proclamation.

April 3, 2020:

Governor David Y. Ige announced the President has declared a major disaster for the State of Hawai’i as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

April 2, 2020:

Governor David Ige signed a fourth supplementary proclamation that requires all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands in the State of Hawai‘i to self-quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine mandate takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020. People traveling inter-island to perform essential functions are subject to self-quarantine while traveling, except when performing essential functions. Self-quarantine means travelers must remain in their hotel rooms, order food delivery, and may not receive visitors.

March 31, 2020:

Governor Ige issued an Executive Order which suspended certain laws regarding wages and hours of employees on public works, charter school boards, workers’ compensation, and the practice of telehealth, among others, to enable county and state agencies to engage in emergency management functions. The order remains in effect for the duration of the emergency period, unless terminated sooner by separate proclamation.

March 27, 2020:

Governor Ige’s Second Supplementary Proclamation ordering all travelers entering the State to self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Hawaii, goes into effect today at 12:01 am. Failure to comply with the quarantine rules and protocols can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.

March 26, 2020: 

Governor Ige’s Second Supplementary Proclamation ordering all travelers entering the State to self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Hawaii, goes into effect today at 12:01 am. Failure to comply with the quarantine rules and protocols can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.

March 25, 2020: 

The Hawaii State Department of Education announced school facilities will remain closed to students through April 30, 2020, with the exception of grab-and-go meal school sites.

Governor Ige’s Third Supplementary Proclamation ordering the entire state to stay at home (except for essential businesses and operations) takes effect at 12:01 am and continues until April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

March 23, 2020:

Governor Ige signed a Third Supplementary Proclamation ordering the entire state to stay at home, and prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.  Exceptions are made for essential businesses and operations, which are defined in the order and include healthcare services, critical trades, media, and grocery stores, among others.  Essential businesses must comply with the Social Distancing Requirements, which include six-foot distances, sanitization protocols, and separate operating hours for high risk populations.  The order takes effect on March 25, 2020 at 12:01 am and continues until April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

Governor Ige’s order that all travelers entering the State of Hawaii self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay in Hawaii goes into effect tomorrow March 26, 2020. Failure to comply with the quarantine rules and protocols can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to a year.

March 22, 2020:

(City and County of Honolulu): Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Stay At Home/Work From Home Order for the City and County of Honolulu.  Like the state-wide order, exceptions are made for essential businesses.  The order takes effect before the state-wide order which was subsequently issued by Governor Ige, and becomes effective on March 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

(County of Maui): Mayor Michael Victorino issued a stay-at-home order for  the County of Maui.  The order takes effect on March 25, 2020 at 12:01 am and continues through April 30, 2020.

March 21, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Second Supplementary Proclamation and Emergency Rules Relating to COVID-19 which requires travelers entering Hawaii to self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the person’s stay in Hawaii, whichever is shorter.  The mandate takes effect on March 26, 2020 at 12:01 am, and failure to comply with quarantine rules may be punishable by up to $5,000 and/or a 1-year imprisonment.  The Proclamation further extends the disaster emergency relief period through May 20, 2020 unless terminated sooner by separate proclamation. 

March 19, 2020: 

Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced school facilities will remain closed to students for three weeks, with the exception of grab-and-go meal school sites.

March 18, 2020: 

Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced its offices will be closed, except for essential functions, effective March 19, 2020.  School facilities will close on March 30 after the extended spring break.

(City and County of Honolulu): Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Supplemental Proclamation which, among other things, mandated the closure of all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (with the exception of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery service) for 15 days. The order also closes City facilities to public gatherings and places other restrictions on governmental operations. The Proclamation is in effect for 60 days unless terminated sooner.

March 16, 2020:

Governor Ige issued a Supplementary Proclamation which suspended certain laws regarding salary periods, public agency meetings and records, and licensing requirements for some medical professionals, among others, to remove impediments to State and County responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Supplementary Proclamation also continues the disaster emergency relief period through May 15, 2020, unless terminated sooner by separate proclamation.

March 4, 2020:

Governor David Ige issued a Proclamation declaring an Emergency Period for the State of Hawaii.  The disaster emergency relief period runs through April 29, 2020, unless terminated by proclamation.

(City and County of Honolulu): Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Proclamation which declared a state of emergency in the City and County of Honolulu as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is in effect for 60 days unless terminated sooner.

(County of Maui): Mayor Michael Victorino issued a Public Health Emergency Proclamation for the County of Maui. The proclamation is in effect for 60 days unless terminated sooner.

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