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Evening curfew takes effect tonight

Pilot program to last for holiday weekend

A nighttime curfew pilot program is requiring people not to travel outside their homes, except for medical emergencies or essential business, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday in Maui County.

“After reflection on the upcoming holiday weekend and concerns in our community, I have decided to mandate a nightime curfew for at least the next three days,” Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release Thursday. “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.”

The curfew applies to travel except for urgent medication, medical emergencies or essential business, according to a county news release. The curfew includes motor vehicles and other wheeled means of transportation.

Other rule changes taking effect at 11 p.m. today:

• Require that bed-and-breakfast homes and short-term rental homes operate only to provide housing for essential workers.

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

• Require masks or other face coverings for employees who have direct public contact or handle food. Employers shall allow employees to voluntarily wear masks or face coverings.

• Require that only two members of a household leave home to conduct essential activities unless other household members absolutely cannot be left home alone, such as young children, elderly people and people with disabilities.

The Mayor’s Office Call Center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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