LIHU‘E — Nearly 500 misdemeanor citations have been doled out relating to breaking state and county emergency rules set in place to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Kaua‘i Police Department has issued 493 citations as of May 11 since March, according to a department spokesperson.
The majority of violations, 284 to be exact, stem from the islandwide 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that was lifted last week.
The department has given out 190 tickets for sunbathing and other non-essential activities, and 19 for breaking the state mandated 14-day quarantine order for out-of-state and inter-island travelers as of Monday.
Five travelers have also been arrested related to violations of the 14-day quarantine order.
This does not include the two people who flew into Port Allen Airport in early May.
Following an investigation, Assistant Chief Mark Begley said this couple were following rules. “… The couple has a long-term rental on Kaua‘i and that they are abiding by the quarantine requirements,” Begley wrote in an email last week.
The Hawai‘i National Guard alerted the KPD of the aircraft’s unauthorized arrival at Port Allen Airport on Sunday, May 3. The National Guard provided officers with a description of the two travelers, their vehicle and aircraft.
Begley confirmed an on-going investigation into the general aviation company that flew the couple to Kaua‘i.
And as stay-at-home orders have turned into safer-at-home orders, that is unfortunately not true for some.
From March 1 to May 11, there have been 281 domestic-related calls to the department, 86 physical and 195 verbal, according to department statistics.
In the same stretch of time in 2019, KPD reported 254 of these calls. This represents a 9.6% uptick.
As of Monday, there have been 36 calls, 12 physical and 24 verbal in May.
This article has been edited to reflect the nature of citations issued by KPD.
Sabrina Bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.