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Top Story: Hawaii Governor David Ige has ordered a statewide “stay-at-home” plan to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus infections in Hawaii.
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Content supplied by the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald.”
Reporter: John Burnett.
Accessed on 24 March 2020, 0245 UTC, Post 20478.
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Hawaii Governor David Ige has ordered all Hawaii residents to “stay-at-home” until 30 April 2020. The statewide lockdown takes effect on Wednesday, 24 March 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Only essential businesses and governmental functions will remain open.
According to “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reporter John Burnett, these essential businesses include:
“Businesses identified as essential include: health-care services and facilities; pharmacies; grocery stores and other retailers of food; restaurants for off-premises consumption only; transportation; gas stations and other business essential for transportation; educational facilities; financial institutions; media outlets; telecommunication facilities; hotels; hardware and construction supply and contractors; charitable organizations; laundry services; funeral homes and crematories; critical government services such as police, fire, rescue, emergency medical services, courts and correctional facilities; professional services such as lawyers and accountants; residential facilities and shelters; child-care providers; and manufacturers of equipment and supplies deemed critical.
People can leave their homes to work, shop for groceries and essential items, and see health-care professionals.
Any gathering of more than 10 individuals is prohibited.
Facilities ordered closed under the proclamation include: fitness centers and gyms; locations with amusement rides; carnivals; water parks; aquariums; zoos; museums; arcades; fairs; children’s play centers; playgrounds; funplexes; theme parks; bowling alleys; movie and other theaters; concert and music halls; and social clubs.
Social distancing requirements are in effect, and people “shall maintain a minimum of six-feet of physical separation from all other persons to the fullest extent possible.”
“Essential businesses and operations shall designate with signage, tape, or by other means, six-foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance,” the proclamation states.
Essential businesses and operations are required to make hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers.
Essential businesses and operations also are required to implement separate operating hours for elderly and high-risk customers. High risk persons, including those who are sick, are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.”
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