Updated 04/25 at 5:20pm
Governor David Ige signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the stay-at-home order for the State of Hawaii until May 31st. The proclamation also extends the 14-day quarantine requirements for visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers.
In the proclamation, the Governor invokes section 127A-13(a)(5), Hawaii Revised Statutes that directs all counties to obtain the Governor’s approval, or the approval of the the Director of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (General Hara) prior to issuing any emergency order, rule, or proclamation, stating, “…it is my opinion that it is necessary to coordinate emergency management functions…”
The order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai’i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is permitted- including swimming, surfing and walking pets. Running, jogging or walking on the beach will also be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
The social distancing requirements implemented in the third supplementary proclamation and the eviction moratorium implemented in the fifth proclamation will be extended until May 31st under this new order.
“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 Gov. 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.”
A complete copy of the order can be found below: