Mayor Caldwell Outlines Plan for Oahu to Get Safely Back to Work

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that he submitted the City and County of Honolulu’s proposal to Governor David Ige for approval to allow for the safe reopening of more Oʻahu designated businesses and operations. These businesses and operations, if approved, will be allowed to reopen under guidelines and recommendations to ensure safety for both employees of these establishments and customers/clients.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal, “Personal Service Providers” would be allowed to resume operations with modifications on Friday, May 29. “Personal Service Providers” include barbers, beauty operators, including hairdressers, nail technicians, and tattoo artists. These service providers must ensure:

• Compliance with all State of Hawaiʻi and City statutory and regulatory requirements and standards; 

• Compliance with applicable CDC guidelines (…/organizatio…/businesses-employers.html); 

• Arrange seating in the establishment so that customers are separated from other customers by six feet between booths/stations or have physical barriers between them

• Implement additional mitigation measures when strict physical distancing of at least six feet is not feasible for a specific task; 

• Ensure that all equipment that comes into direct contact with customers/clients and all furniture in service areas (such as chairs, capes, and the shampooing area in a barber shop or salon) is completely cleaned and disinfected between each customer/client in accordance with CDC guidelines and applicable law; 

• No waiting areas are allowed.

Details related to the reopening of these designated businesses and operations will be published in the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 3.0 (Restore Honolulu Order 3.0) pending approval by Governor Ige.

“Getting more of our residents back to work safely is one of our top priorities right now,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Oʻahu’s unemployment rate jumped to 20% last month, with even more who haven’t filed for unemployment yet or aren’t eligible but are struggling to make ends meet. We feel it’s important to keep the public up-to-date with our proposals so that businesses will have sufficient lead time to properly prepare for a safe reopening approved by the Governor. I thank the Governor and his staff for working with us to safely return our state to a more open way of life and I’m confident we’ll be able to get this done while protecting the health and safety of our residents.”

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal pending approval, outdoor attractions may be able to resume operations with limitations as soon as Thursday, May 28. Public and private outdoor attractions, such as but not limited to sea life attractions, water parks, pools, campgrounds, People’s Open Markets, shooting and archery ranges, and similar outdoor facilities may reopen under the following conditions:

• Groups are limited to ten individuals, and where multiple groups are present, operators must implement measures to ensure that they must maintain six feet of physical distance between each other at all times (i.e. no mingling between groups); 
• Indoor portions of the facility must remain closed, unless such portion is authorized under another section of the Mayor’s Order and comply with any restrictions imposed; 
• To the extent consistent in this section of the Order, and to the extent reasonable practicable the facility operators and participants shall follow applicable guidance from the CDC (…/organizatio…/businesses-employers.html); 
• Individuals must comply with any lawful requirements imposed by the Outdoor Attraction operator.

These are just a few of the requirements for outdoor attractions to reopen with limitations. The full list will be in the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 3.0. The Honolulu Zoo is included in this category of outdoor attractions but is targeting for a June 5 opening date.

As part of Mayor Caldwell’s proposal, the following would be allowed to resume operations on the following dates:

June 5: business/commercial offices (in addition to restaurants that were already announced), indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household) 

June 19: indoor operations (such as movie theatres and museums with modifications), and fitness centers with modifications 

Reopening of City park facilities, including City gymnasiums and City swimming pools and other indoor and outdoor City park facilities will be announced by the Department of Parks and Recreation (“DPR”) at later dates, depending on when DPR determines that these City facilities are prepared to reopen safely for members of the public. Requirements, conditions, and opportunities for reopening differ according to the type of business or operation. The complete lists of guidelines will be published as they are approved.

Mayor Provides Requirements for Oahu Restaurants to Re-Open

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that starting Friday, June 5, in-person table service dining in restaurants in the City and County of Honolulu will be allowed following the City’s guidelines approved by Governor David Ige. 

Loco Moco’s are a popular restaurant item in Hawaii.

Bars and nightclubs remain closed at this time and no self-service buffets or drink stations will be allowed.

Restaurants on O‘ahu will be allowed to reopen beginning on June 5 under the following requirements, conditions, and privileges:

• Continued compliance with all State of Hawai‘i and City regulatory and legal standards for operating a food services business

• Compliance with Social Distancing Requirements (as modified in Section 12 of the Mayor’s Emergency Order)

• Dining groups must be limited to a maximum of ten individuals per group (regardless of household membership)

• Cleaning and disinfecting must be conducted in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance

• Restaurant employees must wear face coverings during their shift – cooks and kitchen staff that do not interact with the public are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings

• Hourly touch-point sanitization (workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms, etc.) is required

• Frequent hand washing/sanitizing by employees is required

The reopening of restaurants guidelines also include a pilot sidewalk/outdoor dining opportunity at certain restaurants that abut City properties, including certain sidewalks. Please see the guidelines for further information. The City will roll out its sidewalk/outdoor dining application and temporary permit form shortly for interested restaurants that wish to take advantage of this unique opportunity. 

The full list of guidelines can be found in an amended Exhibit A of the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0 Order (Restore Honolulu 2.0 Order).

Mayor Caldwell Provides Guidelines for Resuming In-Person Spiritual Services

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that starting Saturday, May 23, Gov. David Ige has approved the City and County of Honolulu’s Order that allows in-person spiritual services on Oʻahu to resume with associated restrictions and recommendations. This reopening is consistent with the State’s reopening framework. 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

“Gathering together safely, praying together, and taking part in group worship is so important right now, as so many of our residents have been practicing physical distancing for months,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Religious services can be a key resource to help many of us get through these tough times since spiritual institutions can play a significant role in our emotional and spiritual well-being. Restoring these in-person interactions will allow people to connect again in a much deeper way.”

In-person spiritual services may be conducted starting on May 23 provided all persons present at the service must maintain six feet of physical distance between others, except members of the same household or living unit. Organizers are also encouraged to limit the number of persons attending their in-person spiritual services to ensure this physical distancing requirement is met and that appropriate COVID-19 mitigation plans and procedures are implemented. 

These are just a few of the requirements for in-person spiritual services to resume operations. The full list can be found in an amended Exhibit A of the Mayor’s Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0 Order (Restore Honolulu 2.0 Order).

Order Allows Limited Use of Outdoor Sports Fields & Drive-In Services on Oahu

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that starting Friday, May 15, outdoor sport fields and courts will be open for one-on-one sports or exercise with limitations, as well as drive-in services (e.g., spiritual/religious services) that follow specific guidelines. 

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

These amendments to the Designated Business and Operations for O‘ahu are detailed in the Mayor’s Emergency Order No. 2020-11. The Order under the name “Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0” or “Restore Honolulu 2.0”, incorporates all prior Emergency Orders, including the wearing of non-medical grade face coverings, social distancing requirements, and the limited opening of City parks. This Order is effective now through June 30.

The Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0 Order allows public and private outdoor sport fields and courts on O‘ahu to re-open for one-on-one sports and exercise activities in which it is both possible and reasonable for individuals to maintain six feet of physical distance between each other at all times. Examples include, but are not limited to, singles tennis, singles pickle ball, yoga, and tai chi. Excluded are activities such as one-on-one or team basketball, in which it is neither possible nor reasonable to play while maintaining six feet of physical distance. For outdoor group exercise, the maximum number of participants allowed is ten and there shall be no social gatherings at the sport field or court complex. To view all of the guidelines for outdoor sport fields and court use, see Exhibit A of the attached Order. 

The Order also allows drive-in services starting Friday, May 15. These services may be conducted provided all persons attending the service drive up in an enclosed vehicle and remain in that same vehicle during the entire service. Vehicle windows, sunroofs and convertible tops must remain closed during the entire service, unless the vehicle is parked more than six feet away from any other vehicle. Each vehicle must also only be occupied by members of the same household or living unit and no food, beverages, equipment, or materials of any kind may be distributed or collected during the service. All of the guidelines for drive-in services can also be found in Exhibit A of Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 2.0. 

Violation of any of the Orders is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, to get answers to frequently asked questions about Mayor Caldwell’s “Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 2.0”. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email

O‘ahu to Reopen Certain Businesses with Limits

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that certain businesses will be allowed to open with limitations on O‘ahu according to his amended and restated Stay at Home/Work From Home Order, Emergency Order No. 2020-09. This Order is effective from 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 through 4:30 p.m. on May 18. The City and County of Honolulu will continue to work with the Governor along with other county mayors, on the relaxing of Honolulu’s stay at home order going forward.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

“We’d like to thank the governor and the other county mayors for meeting and working with us on this amended and restated emergency order,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Together, we are determining how we can keep everyone in our state safe. Together, we are taking the first steps towards a more open way of life. Getting people back to work is a priority right now and we will continue to make decisions based on all available data and sound science.”

Changes to the amended Stay at Home Order add the limited reopening of certain designated businesses and operations such as: 

· Certain real estate services. All real property sales and management activities must be accomplished by remote/electronic means whenever possible. Restrictions and permitted real estate services are outlined in Emergency Order No. 2020-09;

· New and used car and truck dealerships – sales and leasing activities (with restrictions);

· Automated service providers. Service providers that do not require human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including for example, fully automated car washes;

· Mobile service providers. Businesses that provide service on a mobile bases in which no human interaction between the service provider and the customer, including, but not limited to, mobile pet grooming and car washing/detailing businesses;

· Services provided on a one-one-one bases. Businesses that provide services such as private tutoring, certain music instrument lessons, etc., on a one-on-one basis, that 
comply with social distancing requirements;

· Public and private golf courses within the City operating in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Professional Golfers’ Association’s “Procedures for Reintroduction to the Game and Business of Golf” as may be updated/amended.

Grave site visits are also being added as an Essential Activity.

All of the added reopening of certain businesses are with limitations. 

The restated Stay at Home Order incorporates prior orders, including but not limited to, ordering all individuals living within the City to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities, Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, mandating employees and visitors of Essential Businesses to wear a non-medical grade face covering mandate, and the ban of all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit.

Mayor Caldwell: Concerns & Suggestions About State’s 6th Supplemental Proclamation

From Mayor Kirk Caldwell:

“We agree with many of the actions taken today including the opening of beaches for exercise, and the extension of the 14 day travel quarantine.

However, as noted in the attached letter, we have concerns that the action taken today will affect the City and County of Honolulu’s ability to act quickly and deliberately during this crisis. The City and County of Honolulu and I as Mayor agree on the need for greater consistency and coordination of decision-making between the State and all four counties.

As Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, I will continue to make decisions based on science, data, and informed by medical professionals, along with nationwide best practices. We will work diligently to provide the Governor and HI-EMA with sufficient advance review of any orders or proclamations that we plan to issue that directly impact our residents. I look forward to the Governor’s expedited review and approval without delay so that we can continue to stay ahead of this pandemic.

The re-opening of Honolulu’s economy must be done in a deliberate way, with continued coordination between the counties and our state government. The City and County of Honolulu is committed to continuing to do this.”

Letter to Trump: Stop Non-Essential Travel to Hawaii

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is asking other Hawaii county mayors as well as Governor Ige to sign a letter to President Trump asking to stop all non-essential travel into Hawaii until the end of April.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that the number of passengers flying into Hawaii continues to drop.

Yesterday, 681 people arrived in Hawaii on the fifth day of the state’s 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for all incoming passengers. Of that number, 121 people were visitors.

Most of the passengers were either returning residents or crew members. In comparison, during this same time last year, more than 30,000 passengers arrived in Hawaii daily, including residents and visitors.

This table shows the number of people who arrived by air from out of state on March 30th.