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County eyes opening most businesses, facilities Monday

Mayor Michael Victorino

Mayor Michael Victorino announces tenopenings for most businesses that can comply with county public health emergency Rule 5, which includes social distancing and mask guidelines, as of Monday.

Mayor Michael Victorino said he’s planning the reopening of most county parks, fitness gyms, pools, recreation facilities, clubhouses, dog parks, playgrounds, along with restaurants and other food establishments, as of Monday, pending Gov. David Ige’s approval.

Restaurants and food establishments with modifications had state and county permission for June 5 but would be bumped earlier if given the green light.

Pools slated for reopening with modifications are Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool, Kihei Aquatic Center, Lahaina Aquatic Center, Upcountry Pool and Cooke Memorial Pool.

All the activities, businesses and industries would have to comply with the county’s public health emergency Rule 5, which includes six feet of social distancing and face mask mandates, according to county officials.

On Monday, hair and nail salons, along with barber shops, were allowed to reopen with modifications. Drive-in church services were able to resume beginning last Friday.

Activities that would remain restricted include gatherings of more than 10 people, including community events or large gatherings, along with county and inland park activities, such as organized or contact sports, commercial activities, camping or use of any grills.

Victorino’s announcement during the afternoon news conference comes on the heels of a report that showed no new COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day in Hawaii.

Maui County has had only five new cases over the last 30 days, county Managing Director Sandy Baz said Tuesday.

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