Gov. David Ige has signed a sixth supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31.
“This was not an easy decision. I know this has been difficult for everyone. Businesses need to reopen. People want to end this self-isolation and we want to return to normal,” said Ige. “But this virus is potentially deadly, especially for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Thanks to our residents, we are flattening the curve, saving lives, and avoiding a resurgence of this virus by not reopening prematurely.”
Also Saturday, three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Hawaii, bringing the statewide total to 604. Of those cases, 482 have been released from isolation. In addition, no new deaths were announced leaving the total death count from the novel coronavirus to 14.
None of the new cases reported Saturday were in Hawaii County. Since the end of February, Hawaii County has recorded 69 cases. Forty-seven have been released from isolation.
The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including health care, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawaii, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets.
In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
Also extended through the end of May is the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for interisland travelers.
The eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent, also remains in effect through May 31.
In addition, social distancing requirements remain in place across the state through the end of May.