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Maui ‘stay at home and work from home’ order starts Wednesday

Mayor Michael Victorino announced a stay at home, work from home order for Maui County, effective Wednesday. The Maui News screenshot

Mayor Michael Victorino issued Sunday afternoon a “stay home and work from home” emergency order for all residents and visitors in Maui County — effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday until April 30 — amid efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve.

Critical services, such as fire, police, emergency medical, water, sewer and refuse, will continue, he said.

Groceries and other essential products may be retrieved, and vital businesses may continue.

Victorino said that with the notice, residents and visitors have time to make arrangements to return home.

The purpose of the order is to let the community know “we are taking this issue very seriously.”

Victorino told residents not to have social gatherings or get together in groups.

“Social distancing must be paramount in everything and anything you do,” he said.

The mayor added that further details will be released.

Maui’s emergency order coincides with a similar one for Oahu. However, the Oahu stay at home, work from home order takes effect Monday at 4:30 p.m. through April 30.

Gov. David Ige said he supports the 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 in a release Sunday afternoon. “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.”

Ige said he has directed the attorney general to review the orders other states have issued and prepare a statewide plan to keep Hawaii’s people “safe and healthy.”

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