Governor Ige accepts county proposals to reopen more businesses across Hawaii

Governor David Ige approved proposals made by county mayors across Hawaii to safely reopen more businesses and operations as the number of new COVID-19 cases has remained very low for several weeks in a row. Requests to reopen businesses and operations were granted as long as guidelines were followed that can ensure the safety of employees and customers and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

On Oahu, Governor Ige approved City & County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to allow the following “personal service providers” to safely resume operations starting Friday, May 29, with modifications:

  • Barbers
  • Hairdressers
  • Nail technicians
  • Tattoo artists
  • Other beauty operators

The following outdoor attractions can reopen on Thursday, May 28, with limitations:

  • Sea life attractions
  • Water parks
  • Pools
  • Campgrounds
  • People’s open markets
  • Shooting and archery ranges
  • Similar outdoor facilities

The following operations/activities will be allowed to reopen on Friday, June 5, with modifications:

  • Business/commercial businesses (in addition to restaurants)
  • Indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household)

In Maui County, Governor Ige approved Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino’s request to reopen most businesses and services, with modifications, starting Monday, June 1, including the following:

  • Clubhouses
  • Dog parks
  • Playgrounds and skate parks
  • All county parks and beach parks (individual park re-opening dates are subject to change)
  • Select county pools

However, in Maui County the following businesses and services remain closed:

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Theatres
  • Public gathering venues
  • Banquet halls
  • County Community Centers
  • County  Gymnasiums

On the Big Island, Governor Ige approved Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim’s proposal to reopen the following businesses/operations with modifications, starting Monday, June 1:

  • Places of worship
  • Personal services (salons, barber shops, beauty operators)
  • Restaurants (including food courts)

However, in Hawaii County the following businesses and services remain closed:

  • Bars and nightclubs

In Kauai County, Governor Ige had approved Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami’s proposal to reopen the following businesses starting Friday, May 22:

  • Public and private pools
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor tour activities
  • Salons and barbershops
  • All cleaning and construction work
  • One-on-one personal services (fitness, tutoring, music lessons)

Across the state, the 14-day quarantine orders for travelers to Hawaii (including Hawaii residents) and for interisland travelers remain in effect, at least until June 30.

The governor’s and mayors’ plans allow for the gradually re-opening of medium-risk businesses and operations as long as  the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable. The re-opening of high-risk businesses and operations will eventually follow, as long as Hawai‘i’s disease activity continues to remain manageable.

The Governor’s office says these decisions will be “based on data, science, and best practices,” citing guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and Johns Hopkins University’s Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening.

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