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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Clarification issued on Public Health Emergency Rules for businesses and the community

Clarification on the Public Health Emergency Rules, issued as an effort to combat community spread of COVID-19, has been issued by Mayor Michael Victorino, based on feedback from the community.

“I want to stress that these Rules are in line with CDC guidance in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our community” said Mayor Victorino. “We must collectively use our common-sense and do everything we can to help each other.”

The Rules are intended to enforce social distancing practices and limit gatherings of more than 10 people. This does not apply to gatherings at people’s homes, but the community is asked to strongly consider avoiding non-essential gatherings.

Closures include:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Theaters
  • Venues with large gatherings

NOTE: Take-out and delivery only for restaurants and cafes

Business operations for tourist attractions, such as farms, breweries and wineries can maintain operations, however, public visits, tours or tastings should be closed.

Critical services and operations that shall remain open include:

  • Healthcare services (including dentists and veterinarians)
  • Pharmaceutical suppliers and dispensaries (including cannabis dispensaries)
  • Food supply and agriculture operations
  • Financial service institutions

All other businesses are asked to please use their best judgement. Any open businesses should implement social distancing measures.

Examples of businesses where social distancing is appropriate may include auto repair shops, construction and renovation sites, and small offices and businesses.

Law enforcement has been asked to take a compassionate and common-sense approach to enforcing the Rules. 

These Rules will be reassessed after 15 days, and modified as needed.

“Please continue to stay home if you or a family member are sick, and do not put others, especially our kupuna, at risk” said Mayor Victorino. “The elderly and those with chronic conditions should stay home and our community should continue to implement increased sanitization practices.”

Businesses are urged to make themselves familiar with the CDC and OSHA guidance, which are available at and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) guidance for employers:


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