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Honolulu mayor is extending stay-at-home order by 2 weeks

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he would extend the city’s stay-at-home order for two weeks to control the coronavirus but will modify the rules to allow solo activity at beaches, parks and trails.

The stay-at-home order will be kept in place through Sept. 24. Individuals will be able to go to beaches, parks and trails to run, sit or eat by themselves beginning Thursday.

Caldwell said he extended the order because the number of new COVID-19 cases hadn’t declined as much as he wanted to loosen rules more significantly.

He said he wants to discuss over the next two weeks how to cautiously reopen more activities. Caldwell said the city relaxed restrictions too quickly when it lifted the previous stay-at-home order, contributing to a surge in cases.

The mayor said he wants to avoid that outcome this time.

The state Department of Health reported 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a lower figure than in recent days.