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Governor Ige: Hawai‘i’s “Safer-At-Home” Order Will Likely Be Extended Through End of June

May 14, 2020, 3:30 PM HST
* Updated May 16, 8:56 AM
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PC: Gov. David Ige / Facebook screenshot from live stream.

By Wendy Osher

Governor David Ige’s Safer-at-Home order will likely be extended to the end of June, according to new information shared during a live Facebook stream hosted by the Governor this afternoon.

“I have been discussing extending that proclamation and we probably would be doing that.  There might be some changes.  We will be looking at more businesses and activities; but the next round of businesses and activities deal with more risky activity,” said Gov. Ige.

Gov. Ige said he is working with the mayors in establishing the policies of how to move forward in that regard.  Right now, the proclamation is in effect until May 31, 2020.

“I told the mayors that my intention is to extend the safer-at-home mandate through the end of June.  We will be looking at different components of what that means.  Certainly we will be extending the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all travel into the state til the end of June,” he said.

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“But there are other businesses and activities that we are looking at that are medium risk activities that we’ll look at reopening–for example dining in at restaurants is a question that I always get.  And then personal services–hair salons, barber shops–those kids of spas–certainly is more risky.  But we’re looking at CDC guidance and other guidelines for ways to keep employees and customers safe in those settings,” said Gov. Ige.

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Honolulu Mayor Caldwell today extended the city and county’s stay-at-home and work-from-home order for Honolulu to June 30, but says he will be “continually modifying this order,” and will open up different sectors in the coming weeks and months as warranted.

And on Wednesday, Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami announced that he has signed Emergency Rule 9, which extends the mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers to the island of Kauaʻi through the month of June.

Here on Maui, Mayor Victorino on Tuesday expressed reservations  when we asked him about the state’s travel quarantine and if he thinks it can be lifted on May 31st. “Absolutely not,” he said, “… unless there is a good methodology of tracing people coming in and making sure (a) that they’ve been tested before they come here and they’re not sick.”

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Questions relating to a potential extension of stay-at-home/work-from-home orders for Maui County are expected to surface during Maui Mayor Michael Victorino’s afternoon press conference, which starts at 4 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/722179991883286

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