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County to roll out curfew pilot program Friday night

Maui County plans to roll out a nighttime curfew pilot program and stricter rules starting Friday night, Mayor Michael Victorino announced Thursday evening.

The curfew will run from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The public may only travel outside the home during these hours for urgent medication, medical emergencies or essential business.

This includes motor vehicles and other wheeled means of transportation, the county said.

“After reflection on the upcoming holiday weekend and concerns in our community, I have decided to mandate a nighttime curfew for at least the next three days,” Victorino said. “These are difficult times for all of us and we’re doing everything in our power to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will evaluate the effectiveness of this curfew after this weekend and will continue to make policy changes as needed.”

Other rule changes starting 11 p.m. Friday include:

— Only allowing two members of a household to leave home for essential activities, unless other household members absolutely cannot be left home alone, such as young children, elderly and people with disabilities

— Requiring businesses to limit entrance to two people from one household, unless other household members absolutely must accompany them.

— Requiring essential businesses with employees that have direct public contact or handle food to wear a mask or other face covering. Employers also shall allow employees to voluntarily wear masks or face coverings.

— Only allowing bed and breakfast homes and short-term rental homes to operate as housing for essential workers.

For more information, contact the mayor’s call center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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