Governor Ige Issues Statewide “Stay At Home” Order

Governor David Ige recently issued an emergency order today directing all Hawaiʻi residents “to stay at home or in their place of residence” unless they are engaging in essential activities or to engage in essential businesses and operations.

The order will take effect on March 25, 2020 at 12:01am and remain in place until April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Essential Businesses or Operations:

  • Healthcare services and facilities. Hospitals, clinics, physician offices, assisted living facilities, and other healthcare facilities and services
  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, pharmacies, licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes establishments that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, supplies for children under the age of five and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, health and essential operation of residences and essential businesses and operations;
  • Food, beverage, cannabis production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, hunting, gathering, fishing, baking, and other agriculture, including marketing, production, cultivation and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed cannabis cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;
  • Educational institutions. Educational institutions – including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – for purposes of implementing appropriate learning measures, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that the social distancing requirements identified herein are maintained to the greatest extent possible;
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services. Businesses and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities;
  • Media. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities and bicycle shops and related facilities;
  • Financial institutions. Financial institutions, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, including but not limited to payday lenders, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products;
  • Hardware and supply stores. Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing, and heating material;
  • Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations;
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services. Post offices and other businesses that provide shipping and delivery services, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, goods or services to end users or through commercial channels;
  • Laundry services. Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, laundry rooms in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, and other multi-unit dwelling structures, and laundry service providers;
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for consumption off-premises, through such means as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up, and carry-out. Entities that typically provide food services to members of the public may continue to do so under this Third Supplementary Proclamation on the condition that the food is provided on a pick-up, delivery or takeaway basis only. Entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site due to the virus’s propensity to physically impact surfaces and personal property;
  • Supplies to work from home. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home;
  • Supplies for essential businesses and operations. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other essential businesses and operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;
  • Transportation. Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Third Supplementary Proclamation;
  • Home-based care and services. Home-based care for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness, including caregivers such as nannies who may travel to the child’s home to provide care, and other in-home services including meal delivery;
  • Residential facilities and shelters. Residential facilities and shelters for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness;
  • Professional services. Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services (including appraisal and title services);
  • Child care services for employees exempted by this Order. Child care services, licensed or authorized under the law, for the children of employees exempted by this Third Supplementary Proclamation;
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by essential businesses and operations;
  • Critical labor union functions. Labor Union essential activities including the administration of health and welfare funds and personnel checking on the well-being and safety of members providing services in essential businesses and operations – provided that these checks should be done remotely where possible;
  • Hotels and motels. Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services;
  • Funeral services. Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services;
  • Government functions. For purposes of this Third Supplementary Proclamation, all first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, health workers, court personnel, law enforcement and corrections personnel, hazardous materials responders, child protection and child welfare personnel, housing and shelter personnel, national guard, and other governmental employees working for or to support essential businesses and operations are exempt. This order does not apply to federal workers.

Permitted Activities Outside the Home or Place of Residence:

  • Travel for health and safety;
  • Travel to engage in, receive or obtain goods or services from the essential businesses or operations identified herein;
  • Travel to engage in minimum basic operations of non-essential businesses, including the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and related functions as well as the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences;
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other high risk persons;
  • Travel from a person’s home or place of residence to the nearest airport or other facility for departure from the State;
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement;
  • Outdoor exercise activities, including ocean activities such as surfing and swimming, so long as social distancing requirements are maintained;
  • Walking pets on a leash.

Criminal Penalties

Any person who intentionally or knowingly violates this order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

More information on the Governor’s order will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

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