LIHU‘E — Gov. David Ige extended the statewide stay-at-home order until May 31 on Saturday, as well as the 14-day traveler quarantine.
“I know this has been difficult for everyone,” said Ige. “Businesses need to reopen. People want to end this self-imposed isolation.
“And we all want our lives to return to normal,” Ige said at an afternoon media briefing, saying the decision to extend rules and restrictions was not an easy one.
He also relaxed outdoor-exercise rules, permitted activities include 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.
An eviction moratorium was also extended until the end of May.
Young Brothers Hawai‘i announced a reduction in their business hours that will affect island ports starting May 5.
According to an Friday press release issued by the Hawai‘i division of the corporation, reductions to the barge sailing schedules affect Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Hawai‘i Island, due to reduced cargo volumes.
Those changes begin May 5.
Mayor Derek Kawakami discussed Young Brothers during his daily Kaua‘i county address on Facebook Saturday to inform residents of the update.
“Kaua‘i residents can be reassured that there are no changes to Young Brothers’ cargo shipments to our island,” Kawakami said.
According to the Young Brothers press release, starting May 5, they will implement changes to their hours of operation at all ports.
Essential cargo and supplies will continue to be shipped regularly.
In conjunction with the amended sailing schedule, Young Brothers will convert one or two days of regular gate hours (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) to half-day operations (7:30 to 11:30 a.m.) at all ports.
Gate entry hours of operations that begin on Tuesday, May 5, will affect only one change at Nawiliwili. The new hours will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays. Their regularly scheduled hours continue as 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“As a valued customer, we want you to know that we are implementing important, temporary changes to our service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and decreasing cargo volumes,” the Young Brothers press release stated.
“Subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission with a requested effective date of May 5, we will temporarily amend our sailing schedule for Maui and Hawai‘i counties. All other county sailing schedules will not be affected.”
An attempt to reach Matson Inc. for comment was unsuccessful as of press time.
Kaua‘i, as of Saturday, has one confirmed, active case of COVID-19. In total, there have been 21 confirmed cases, and 20 of them have either recovered or gone home to the Mainland.
Statewide, the state Department of Health reported Saturday there are a total of 604 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 482 have been released from isolation. There have been 14 deaths.
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s most recent numbers show on Friday that 467 people arrived in Hawai‘i, including 118 visitors and 155 residents. The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reports 46 people arrived at Lihu‘e Airport on Friday.
The state Department of Transportation reported Saturday that an average of about 100 visitors continue to arrive in Hawai‘i every day.