Governor Ige extends statewide stay-at-home order through May 31
Governor David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.
The governor acknowledged that this was not an easy decision and that the stay-at-home order has been difficult for residents and businesses that need to reopen. However, he noted that the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which is particularly dangerous to the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, makes it important to “flatten the curve” in order to save lives.
The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, such as healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai‘i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted, including swimming, surfing, and walking pets.
In addition, running, jogging, or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
The 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers was also extended through the end of May.
The eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, also remains in effect through May 31.
In addition, social distancing requirements remain in place across the state through the end of May.
Governor Ige issued the initial emergency proclamation for COVID-19 on March. 4, 2020 followed by the following acts:
- March 16: Supplementary proclamation suspending certain laws to enable state and county responses to COVID-19
- March 21: Second supplementary proclamation implementing mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for visitors and residents entering the State of Hawai‘i
- March 23: Third supplementary proclamation mandating social distancing measures throughout the state
- March 31: Fourth supplementary proclamation implementing a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for people traveling between the islands in the State of Hawai‘i
- April 16: Fifth supplementary proclamation implementing enhanced social distancing requirements and an eviction moratorium
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