Essential services, workers and activities under the city’s stay-at-home order

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The city has issued an emergency “stay at home” order in a dramatic move to stop the spread of the coronavirus on Oahu.

Maui has also followed suit, and the governor is planning a similar term.

Here’s a look at what the city order defines as “essential.”

What essential activities are permitted?

  • Errands or activities essential to the health and safety of people and pets, including getting medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or getting supplies needed to stay home;
  • Buy groceries, pet supplies, and other household products;
  • Outdoor activities that adhere to social distancing rules, including walking, hiking or running. (Remember: City and state parks are closed.)
  • Any work that provides essential products or services;
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

Who provides an essential service?

  • Health care operations: People can leave their homes to work or obtain health care services, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, eye care centers, mental health providers and home care providers.
  • Essential infrastructure: Workers in this field include construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electric roads and highways, solid waste collection, internet, and telecommunications.
  • All first respondersemergency management personnel, court personnel and law enforcement are considered essential.

What is an essential business?

  • Healthcare Operations and Critical Infrastructure
  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks and pet stores
  • Agricultural and fishing activities
  • Businesses that provide food, housing and social services
  • The media
  • Gas stations, car and bicycle repair companies and towing services
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other service providers who maintain safety, sanitation and essential services needed in homes and businesses
  • Companies that provide courier, shipping and delivery services
  • Educational institutions
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and industrial laundry services
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout
  • Companies that provide the products needed for working from home
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses
  • Airlines, taxis and other private carriers
  • Home care for the elderly, adults or children
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services, including legal, accounting, real estate and other services
  • Nursery
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and other animal needs
  • Hotel and motels
  • Funeral, morgue, cremation and related services
  • Building and construction services
  • Core union functions
  • Licensed private investigators, guards and similar agencies


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Michelle J. Kelley