Green light to reopen

LIHU‘E — Churches, salons, barber shops and outdoor-based tour companies on Kaua‘i can reopen today.

Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Thursday that Gov. David Ige signed his office’s proposed mayor’s emergency rule No. 10, which drafted an outline for reopening some businesses earlier than the rest of the state.

All businesses and operations are still subject to social-distancing requirements and procedures outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all residents and visitors under the mandatory 14-day quarantine are not allowed to leave their homes or accommodations for the full extent of the 14 days.

Pools or common areas are still off limits to those in quarantine.

Business allowed to reopen starting today include the following “medium-risk” operations:

• Salons and barber shops, one-on-one services including tutoring, music lessons, massage, yoga, Pilates and personal training;

• Outdoor spaces like public and private pools and outdoor-based tours including, but not limited to zipline operations, ATV tours and horseback tours;

• Manufacturing and construction, including sanitation, cleaning and housekeeping;

• Places of worship as long as they follow the CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community Faith Based Organizations;

• Hotels and motels including pools and common areas, provided these areas cannot be utilized by individuals subject to the mandatory self-quarantine.

Ige announced a phased reopening of the state, laying out framework earlier this week to allow for the eventual and conditional reopening of restaurants, gyms and other businesses.

In that framework, organizations and businesses are categorized based on the risk for COVID-19 virus transmission. According to Ige’s plan, “medium-risk” businesses in the rest of the state are currently set to reopen some time in early June.

5 Comments
  1. randy kansas May 22, 2020 1:27 am Reply

    and who will be visiting these businesses ? seems like about half the population have left the islands….no use in opening if there are no customers…


    1. kandy rancid May 23, 2020 8:02 am Reply

      So you are calling for the continued closure of all businesses? Make up your mind!


    2. who carez May 23, 2020 10:40 pm Reply

      stay in kansas then


  2. Dave Poon May 23, 2020 6:53 pm Reply

    I would just LOVE to know when the tourists will be allowed to come AND SPEND right off the plane.


  3. Eugene P Kearney May 23, 2020 8:39 pm Reply

    I think the ideal situation is to have no humans with an infection, no visitors who could infect anyone and to keep all businesses closed for maybe two years. The virus can probably live outside a human host for maybe 1 day at the most in a viral load great enough to cause an infection. As you might have heard it can live on surface for longer but won’t cause an infection. As it turns out, S Korea had the right idea, everyone in a mask will do the trick and there is no need to close. More than half the deaths are in rehab facilities and retirement facilities. But hey, lets just destroy the economy for no reason whatsoever to protect no one. Lets run an experiment to see what happens if we take away your rights , because ” we are here to protect you”, and see how long we can keep the peace. How long can we get away with this abuse of your rights? So far so good. Two years should do it.


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