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Maui beach, outdoor activities clarified in ‘stay at home, work from home’ order

Two beachgoers lounge last Wednesday at the beach fronting Kamaole Beach Park I, which is closed. Under supplemental information released Saturday to county's public health emergency rules, this activity would not be permitted. The Maui News / KEHAULANI CERIZO photo

The County of Maui released Saturday afternoon supplemental guidance to the Public Health Emergency Rules that went into effect last Wednesday, mandating that people stay at home and work from home and shuttering nonessential businesses and activities to protect against coronavirus spread.

Activities, businesses and industries are listed, along with whether they are permitted, an applicable rule and comments.

Questions have surfaced recently over whether beaches, the ocean and outdoor activities are allowed.

The supplement clarifies guidelines to say that beaches, which are not county and state parks, are “only for engaging in essential activities,” such as “fishing, swimming, surfing, stand-up paddling alone or with immediate household members only. No gatherings.”

It does not say whether they are open or closed, though.

Fishing is limited to immediate household members.

County and state beach parks are closed, though, and Maui Police Department has said not to enter them.

Outdoor physical activities are allowed alone, or with members of immediate household only. No group activities or sports are permitted, according to the document.

Leisurely driving / sightseeing is not allowed.

“The guidance provides further clarification for various activities, businesses and industries on whether they are permitted under the rules,” county spokesman Chris Sugidono said in a news release. “Please keep in mind that this guidance may be updated in response to this evolving emergency.”

For questions, call the Mayor’s Office Call Center at 270-7855.

To view the supplemental guidance, visit mauicounty.gov and click on Supplemental Guidance – Public Health Emergency Rules.

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