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Governor announces statewide ‘stay at home’ order

Governor David Ige

Gov. David Ige announced a statewide stay-at-home order starting Wednesday through April 30, following similar orders issued by Maui and Honolulu counties to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Ige said during a news conference Monday afternoon that “a statewide order is necessary for cohesion and consistency.”

Under the order, all residents must stay at home unless they work in essential businesses or operations. Options for visitors could include “hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities,” Ige said.

Similar to Maui County, exemptions to the order include health care services, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other financial services, food production and farming, public and private schools, restaurants offering takeout, hotels, motels, construction and essential government functions.

People can, however, leave home for various needs that include health care; purchasing food, medicine and gas; taking care of elderly, minors or those with disabilities; returning to a place of residence outside Hawaii; picking up educational materials for distance learning; receiving meals and any other related services. Outdoor exercise is also allowed, including surfing, swimming and walking dogs on a leash, though all while observing social distancing.

Ige urged the homeless to seek shelter through the government or other agencies as soon as possible.

He said noncompliance with the new rules is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, one year in jail or both.

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