Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today issued a “stay at home, work from home order” for Oahu effective Monday at 4:30 p.m. through April 30 in an attempt to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Shortly after Mayor Kirk Caldwell announcement, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino issued a similar order for Maui County.
Gov. David Ige issued a statement in support of the county moves, “The mayors of the City and County of Honolulu and Maui have my full support for the stay-at-home, work-at-home orders they issued today,” Ige said. “We have been working together on this issue, and this morning we agreed that the mayors should develop their own plans to meet the unique needs of their counties. We also agreed that statewide action will be needed. I have directed the Attorney General to review the orders other states have issued and prepare a statewide plan that will keep the people of Hawaii safe and healthy.”
At a news conference at Honolulu Hale this afternoon, Caldwell said people are permitted to step out for essential activities such as:
>> Tasks essential to their health and safety
>> To obtain necessary services or supplies
>> To engage in outdoor activity in locations as permitted by law
>> To perform work providing essential products and services
>> To care for a family member or pet in another household.
“At the end of the day this is about protecting our ohana,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell’s order includes a long list of exempted businesses — including health care operations, banks, gas stations, and grocery stores and other retail establishments that sell food and other household consumer products — which will continue to operate.
The mayor said that the worst-case scenario is 40,000 to 45,000 cases in Hawaii by the end of April if the state and counties don’t take drastic action.
The U.S. slope in COVID-19 cases “is pretty darn steep,” which requires local governments to strict action to try to keep Hawaii from having a similarly steep increase.