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On May 18, 2020, Governor David Ige unveiled the State of Hawaii's Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience plan.  The plan is based on a continuum of four phases, beginning with Stabilization (Phase 1), then Reopening (Phase 2), then Long-Term Recovery (Phase 3), and finally Resilience (Phase 4). 



















The Governor's prior orders, namely the "Stay at Home" order and "Safer at Home" order, were part of the Stabilization phase of the plan.  Governor Ige announced that Hawaii's progress in battling the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak warrants moving into Phase 2: Reopening in June. 





















In the Act with Care phase (described in the Eighth Supplementary Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency
"Eighth Proclamation")), "medium risk" businesses will be reopened, followed by "high-risk businesses."  A breakdown of those businesses and how and when they may reopen is described on this slide of the Governor's presentation.




















Governor Ige explained that each county Mayor, in consultation with him and his staff, will determine the details and timing of the reopening phase in their counties.  The plan requires that each step in the phase have a minimum 14-day observation period in order to assess the impact of the reopening measures.  If a disease spike occurs, the State may move backward on the continuum of phases.

In the Eighth Proclamation, Governor Ige extended the Mandatory Self-Quarantine Order (described below) through the end of July.  He also extended the moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent through the end of July.

The Governor's full May 18, 2020 slide presentation is available here.

Through the Tenth Proclamation (see below), Governor Ige extended the Emergency Relief period through August 31, 2020.  And through the Twelfth Proclamation (see below), Governor Ige further extended the Emergency Relief period through September 30, 2020.

Act with Care Order  

  • Order.  Everyone in Hawaii is generally under an order by the Governor to stay in their homes or place of residence (e.g., apartment or hotel room) through August 31, 2020.  This does not impact federal critical infrastructure sectors. Essential businesses have been permitted to operate and may continue to do so. Essential businesses and activities include: health-care services; grocery stores and pharmacies; food, beverage and cannabis production and farming; public and private schools; charitable organizations; media; gas stations and transportation businesses; financial institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical construction trades; mail and shipping services; laundry services; restaurants offering take-out services; businesses that provide supplies for essential businesses or for people to work at home; transportation; home-based care and services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services, including legal services; child care services; manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries; hotels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services; funeral services; and government functions. Beginning on May 7, 2020 (with certain specific county exceptions), certain designated businesses and operations were allowed to reopen and remain open for the duration of the emergency period provided they comply with social distancing requirements; those businesses included agriculture (non-food) such as landscape, ornamental plant growers, and nurseries; auto dealerships; car washes; pet grooming services; observatories and support facilities; retail and repair services; and shopping malls (although some areas are to remain closed or restricted). In addition to social distancing requirements, guidelines are provided for health and safety of employees and customers. 

  • Permitted Activities Outside the Residence. Residents can leave their homes for a variety of activities: travel for health and safety; travel to obtain goods or services from essential and designated businesses; travel to maintain basic operations of non-essential businesses; travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents or the disabled; travel required by law enforcement; outdoor exercise activities including ocean activities provided social distancing requirements are met; and walking pets on a leash.

  • Prohibited Activities Outside the Residence.  Gatherings of more than 10 people are generally prohibited.  All places of public gathering, indoor and outdoor, are closed to the public, including: fitness centers, gyms, carnivals, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, playgrounds, movie theaters, concert halls and social clubs.  Beaches are closed by this order; however, each county may or has made exceptions to this provision.

  • Social Distancing Requirements.  Everyone at an essential or designated business or conducting permitted activities outside of one's residence must maintain a minimum distance of six (6) feet from others.  Businesses that are permitted to be open are required to enforce social distance parameters and provide hand sanitizer products. Both customers and those employees who have contact with customers are required to wear cloth face coverings.

  • Penalty for Non-Compliance.  Failure to comply with the order is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $5,000, or up to a year in jail, or both.

Mandatory Self-Quarantine Order

  • Through the end of September, all individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii must self-quarantine for 14 days.  Limited exceptions apply for those traveling to perform critical infrastructure functions.

  • Failure to comply with the mandatory self-quarantine is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $5,000, or up to a year in jail, or both.

Emergency Proclamations by Governor David Ige:



To understand the status of the reopening process in each county of Hawaii and specific restrictions for each business and activity, please refer to the latest proclamation or order from the county Mayors, which are set forth below.


 Emergency Orders by Mayor Kirk Caldwell:


Emergency Orders by Mayor Michael Victorino:


Emergency Orders by Mayor Derek Kawakami:


Proclamations and Orders by Mayor Harry Kim:

Last update: 8/31/20

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