Governor David Ige approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s request for a “stay at home, work at home” order that will begin on Thursday at 12:01am.
The order, which was described as similar to the order issued in March, will remain in effect for two weeks (until September 10).
It allows essential businesses to remain open, including child care, construction, health care and some educational services. Religious services will also be allowed, with restrictions.
Businesses not considered essential include personal services (like salons and barber shops), gyms, and restaurants, which will have to revert to takeout only. Beaches and parks will also remain closed.
During the two week period, the State and City will ramp up testing conducting 70,000 tests in 14 days — to be able to reopen safely.
While the full order has not been released by Mayor Caldwell, here are some key takeaways:
- Essential services include child care, construction, health care and some educational services.
- Public schools are considered essential, which means classes could be held in person, but private schools are being told to conduct classes fully online.
- Retailers, personal services (like salons and barber shops), gyms will have to close.
- Golf courses are also being told to close. Previously, tennis courts, swimming pools and bowling alleys were ordered to shut down — and those closures will continue.
- Restaurants will have to go to takeout-only.
- The city says it will also extend closures of bars, beaches and parks.
Source: Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Star Advertiser
*This page will be updated as more information becomes available.