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Blow-drying allowed; more golf opportunities

Blow-drying of hair is now being allowed at salons while the driving range and pro shop at the Waiehu Golf Course reopened Wednesday, county officials said Monday.

Managing Director Sandy Baz said the county is now allowing blow-dryers to be used at hair salons and barbershops, which were previously prohibited. But he said that regular disinfecting of surfaces, screening customers for illness and other guidelines still need to be followed.

Some restrictions on golf courses, including the county’s Waiehu municipal course, are being lifted following the release of new procedures by the PGA Aloha Section. This includes, reducing tee time intervals to nine minutes, which allows more players to play during the day.

The driving range will open Wednesday, with hitting stations at least 6 feet apart. Retail operations will resume in the pro shop as long as county, state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are being met.

And now, groups of four or less can play together. Two people may share a cart but must wear masks if not from the same household, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said at his Monday afternoon news conference.

Doubles tennis also now will be allowed, Baz said. He reminded players not to touch their face after touching the ball or rackets.

Monday also was a big reopening day for other sets of businesses, if they chose to do so, Baz said. This included restaurants for dine-in patrons and fitness centers. Some county pools also reopened but with a reservation system for exercise activities only.

Baz added that some businesses may not have been prepared to reopen Monday. “Please give them time. Just be patient,” he said.

As for restaurants reopening for dine-in services, Victorino said he was going to go out today to visit some dine-in locations that have reopened. He did not hear of any problems Monday, but said that some businesses may need help with social distancing measures.

Also Monday, the county rolled out the “Kama’aina First” program, where Maui County businesses share their deals for locals on staycations, meals, services and products, according to its website kamaainafirst.com.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

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