Maui County asks residents and tourists to limit non-essential activities for 21 days

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – County mayors across the state are once again pleading with their respective communities to help control the spread of COVID-19.

In Maui, Mayor Michael Victorino and other leaders are suggesting a 21-day break from non-essential activities for residents and visitors.

At this time, this is just a suggestion as they work with the governor on potential new rules for the county.

“The Mayor asks all visitors to remain within their hotel properties and not to circulate our gathering outside of their resort bubble during this time. Please enjoy the beach, pool, shops on property, but to all of our visitors – our residents also need your help to control the spread within our community and reduce pressure on our hospitals,” said Maui County Deputy Chief Executive Officer Josiah Nishita. .

The county is also asking employers to consider restoring work from home in the near future. Additionally, visitors are advised to stay away from Hana, a rural area with limited health resources.

For now, none of these rules are set in stone by law, as Victorino is working with Governor Ige to get approval for the restrictions and rules.

“We will wait for the governor’s approval and from there we will probably set 7 days from obtaining approval for implementation. We need to give everyone time to prepare. You can’t say, “Oh, we’re getting approved today, we’re closing tomorrow.” We’ve never done that and I think we have to be aware that people need time to prepare,” Victorino said.

He hopes to get a clearer picture from the governor on Wednesday.

“Our hospitals across the state are nearing capacity and our keiki…who cannot be vaccinated have resumed learning in the classroom,” Nishita said. “We really need our community to step up voluntarily and help us protect our children, our elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.”

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Michelle J. Kelley