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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
City to reopen certain businesses with limitations on May 1
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 2558 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, COVID-19

City to reopen certain businesses with limitations on May 1

News Release from Office of the Mayor, April 29, 2020

HONOLULU – Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that certain businesses will be allowed to open with limitations on O‘ahu according to his amended and restated Stay at Home/Work From Home Order, Emergency Order No. 2020-09. This Order is effective from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 through 4:30 p.m. on May 18. The City and County of Honolulu will continue to work with the Governor along with other county mayors, on the relaxing of Honolulu’s stay at home order going forward.

“We’d like to thank the governor and the other county mayors for meeting and working with us on this amended and restated emergency order,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Together, we are determining how we can keep everyone in our state safe. Together, we are taking the first steps towards a more open way of life. Getting people back to work is a priority right now and we will continue to make decisions based on all available data and sound science.”

Changes to the amended Stay at Home Order add the limited reopening of certain designated businesses and operations such as:

Certain real estate services. All real property sales and management activities must be accomplished by remote/electronic means whenever possible. Restrictions and permitted real estate services are outlined in Emergency Order No. 2020-09;

New and used car and truck dealerships – sales and leasing activities (with restrictions);

Automated service providers. Service providers that do not require human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including for example, fully automated car washes;

Mobile service providers. Businesses that provide service on a mobile bases in which no human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including, but not limited to, mobile pet grooming and car washing/detailing businesses;

Services provided on a one-on-one basis. Businesses that provide services such as private tutoring, certain music instrument lessons, etc., on a one-on-one basis, that comply with social distancing requirements;

Public and private golf courses within the City operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Professional Golfers’ Association’s “Procedures for Reintroduction to the Game and Business of Golf” as may be updated/amended.

Gravesite visits are also being added as an Essential Activity.

All of the added reopening of certain businesses are with limitations.

The restated Stay at Home Order incorporates prior orders, including but not limited to, ordering all individuals living within the City to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities, Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, mandating employees and visitors of Essential Businesses to wear a non-medical grade face covering mandate, and the ban of all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit.

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Mayor’s Amended and Restated Emergency Order in effect through May 18

HONOLULU – Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that certain businesses will be allowed to open with limitations on O‘ahu according to his Emergency Order No. 2020-09. This Order is effective from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18. The new Order is included as an attachment to this press release.

May 18 is the automatic expiration date on the Mayor’s declaration of the state of emergency for the City and County of Honolulu as set forth in the Mayor’s Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster, dated March 18.

Under Hawai‘i law, the declaration of emergency automatically terminates sixty days from the date of its signing. The Mayor’s Stay at Home/Work from Home Order, enabled under the declaration, had an expiration date of April 30, well within the automatic expiration date of the declaration of the state of emergency.

As events in Hawai‘i unfolded and the promulgation of various Emergency Orders by the Mayor and Supplemental Proclamations by the Governor, the City recently sought approval from the Governor and the Director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) for the extension of the City’s “Amended and Restated” Stay at Home Order through the automatic termination date of the declaration of emergency. The Amended and Restated Order allows certain designated business and operations to open up under specific circumstances and guidelines, given what appears to be the “flattening of the curve”.

Before May 18, the City anticipates submitting for approval from the Governor and the Director of HI-EMA a Second Supplemental Proclamation of Emergency or Disaster, so that the declaration of the state of emergency for the City and County of Honolulu will continue for another sixty days.

The submission to the State will also seek to extend the Mayor’s Amended and Restated Stay at Home Order until May 31, so as to be consistent and aligned with the Governor’s Sixth Supplemental Proclamation, and to address other designated businesses and operations that may be able to be opened in order to restore Honolulu’s economy based science, data, testing and contract tracing developments.

For the purposes of Emergency Order No. 2020-09, Social Distancing Requirements include maintaining at least six-foot distance from other individuals.

In addition, the amended Order includes the re-opening of public and private golf courses within the City operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Professional Golfers’ Association’s (PGA) Aloha Section, to the extent reasonably practicable.

For clarity, businesses re-opening that provide one-on-one services as listed in Emergency Order No. 2020-09 do not include hair salons, barber shops, or nail salons. These are considered higher risk environments where it is not possible to comply with the social distancing requirement between operator/stylist and client.

The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, to get answers to frequently asked questions about Mayor Caldwell’s Stay at Home Order. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email


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