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Honolulu: Most businesses comply with new COVID rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Over 160 Oahu business operators have been cited, warned or arrested in the weeks since Honolulu imposed new COVID-19 safety rules, including requiring proof of vaccination or negative test results.

Honolulu police have issued citations or made arrests in 44 cases since the new mandates went into effect Sept. 13, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.

Police have also issued over 100 written warnings for a variety of violations and made an unspecified number of “verbal, non-written warnings.”

“The great majority of businesses are in compliance with the Safe Access Oahu requirements,” city spokesperson Tim Sakahara said in a statement. “We are thankful to law enforcement officers with HPD and the Liquor Commission for continuing to educate and enforce the requirements.”

City officials could not immediately break down the number of arrests versus citations because they are compiled together in the same records-keeping category, said Honolulu Police Department spokesperson Michelle Yu.

The greatest number of arrests or citations — 17 — were for lack of face coverings, and 11 were for not following social or physical distances.

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