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Kauai, Oahu Require Face Masks in Public
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3665 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, COVID-19

Mayor mandates non-medical grade face coverings in public for O‘ahu residents

News Release from City and County of Honolulu, April 14, 2020

HONOLULU – Mayor Kirk Caldwell today signed Emergency Order No. 2020-07 mandating O‘ahu residents wear non-medical grade face coverings while in public to further limit the transmission and spread of coronavirus.

According to the Order, employees who work at Essential Businesses as provided in the Stay at Home Order, shall wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths when engaged and interacting with customers and visitors of the Essential Business.

All customers and visitors of Essential Businesses must also wear non-medical grade face coverings to provide additional protection for employees and customers of Essential Businesses.

This Order also applies to passengers and users of public modes of transportation like the TheBus and TheHandi-van.

An owner or operator of an Essential Business may refuse admission or service to an individual who fails to wear face coverings.

Exemptions to this face covering Order include:

  • Within banks, financial institutions, or using an automated teller machine (ATM) where inability to verify the identity of the customer or visitor of the bank, financial institution or ATM poses a security risk;
  • By individuals with medical conditions or disabilities where wearing of a face covering may pose a health or safety risk to the individual;
  • By children under the age of 5;
  • By first responders (Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Emergency Services Department) to the extent that wearing non-medical grade face coverings may impair or impede the safety of the first responders in the performance of his/her duty.

“Wearing a non-medical face covering has become a simple and extremely valuable tool in slowing the spread of this virus and preventing those who have COVID-19 but don’t know it from spreading it to others,” said Mayor Caldwell. “While wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing, it can help at Essential Businesses where Social Distancing Requirements may at times be difficult to maintain, like paying for groceries or picking up medication at the pharmacy.”

This Order is effective at 12 a.m. on Monday, April 20 and will continue through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Violation of this Order is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

All individuals in the City are encouraged, but not required, to wear non-medical grade face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are outside their homes and performing Essential Activities, as provided in the Stay at Home Order.

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


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Kauai Emergency Rule #6


Pursuant to HRS §127A-12(a)(5)(D), §127A-12(c)(12),and §127A-25, except as provided herein, all persons over the age of five (5) are required to wear some form of face covering over their nose and mouth, when outside of their home.

This Rule shall not apply to persons: 

engaging in a permissible outside exercise while practicing social distancing;

that are riding in a personal vehicle with members of their own shelter group (household members) only; 

for sustenance consumption purposes; 

entering into banks or other financial institutions and while using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to withdraw funds, where the inability to verify the identity of the person may pose a security risk; or 

when a medical condition prohibits the use or causes a greater health or safety risk.

Effective April 14, 2020 at 5pm HST through May 3, 2020.

TGI: Masks now mandated

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Realtors, Construction, Landscaping Back to Work on Kauai

TGI: … County of Kauai has loosened restrictions for construction and landscaping and for realtors starting today, cracking open the stay-at-home mandate and allowing some local residents to get back to work.

Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Tuesday that starting today those in the trades can work on residential construction projects — but there can only be two workers and the homeowner present at the job site at one time.

That applies only to jobs with an open building permit with the Department of Public Works….

PDF: New Rule

read … Back to Work


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