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Maui retail business reopenings begin today

Many have been closed since stay-at-home orders were issued March 25

HouseMart Ben Franklin employees at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center location prepare the store for reopening Monday. Restocking are employees Malia Ah Hee and Maileen Harris-Akamine. LEI LEE photos

The Maui News

Retail businesses in Maui County will be allowed to open today under restrictions that will include the wearing of masks, social distancing and regular sanitizing.

The reopening marks the first signs of recovery since Maui County’s “stay at home, work from home” order went into effect on March 25, requiring many nonessential businesses to close temporarily and directing residents to stay home as much as possible.

Businesses allowed to reopen in Maui County today include:

• Retail stores and repair services.

HouseMart Ben Franklin employees gather around a sign that will be on an easel in the store to remind people of the new social distancing rules. Shown (from left) are Rene Kahaleanu, Maileen Harris-Akamine, Malia Ah Hee and Tim Terry.

• Retail stores within shopping malls.

• Car dealerships, by appointment. Previously, companies only were allowed to handle critical situations.

• Real estate services, by appointment. As with car dealerships, only critical situations could be dealt with previously.

County Managing Director Sandy Baz said last week that all open businesses and services must establish physical distancing of 6 feet or more, sanitizing protocols and capacity limits.

The county also is encouraging businesses to work to reduce in-person contacts, if possible, by employing access by appointment only and delivery or pickup services.

Face coverings must be worn by all employees and customers, and employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 should be sent home as soon as possible.

Retailers are not being required to reopen and may do so on their own time, the county said.

Some businesses and services will remain closed at shopping malls, including food court dining areas, play and entertainment areas, beauty salons, game rooms, theaters and common areas, except to access and depart from a retail business.

For more information about modifying business operations, email the Department of Management at MD.Office@mauicounty.gov.

Across Hawaii, businesses and county facilities are slowly beginning to reopen as cases of COVID-19 remain low and the state transitions from a “stay-at-home” order to a “safer at home” policy.

On Sunday, one new case of COVID-19 was reported on Oahu, bringing the statewide total to 632, according to the state Department of Health.

There have now been 408 cases on Oahu, 117 in Maui County, 75 in Hawaii County and 21 cases in Kauai County. Eleven residents have been diagnosed out of state.

Of the total cases, 561 have been released from isolation, and 81 have required hospitalization. There remain 17 deaths statewide — 11 on Oahu and six in Maui County.

On Saturday, the Health Department reported three new cases in Hawaii, including one in Maui County, one in Hawaii County and one resident diagnosed outside of the state.

Meanwhile, passenger arrivals by air reached 857 on Saturday, up from 812 on Friday and 756 on Thursday, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority data. Maui, however, had no arrivals by air on Thursday and Saturday and only 30 on Friday.

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