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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – News Release — Governor Ige approves emergency rules for counties of Hawaii and Kauai

Posted on May 28, 2020 in COVID-19 News Releases, Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Governor Ige approves emergency rules for counties of Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi

May 28, 2020

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today approved requests from Mayor Harry Kim and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami to safely re-open more businesses and operations under guidelines that will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people in Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi counties.

Hawaiʻi County

Gov. Ige signed Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule #6 which allows the following businesses, operations or activities, which must follow applicable CDC, industry and regulatory guidelines related to COVID-19 prior to opening:

  • May 30, 2020
    • Places of worship
  • June 1, 2020
    • Other indoor gathering places (including bowling alleys, billiards halls, but NOT arcades or gaming places)
    • Indoor exercise facilities (includes fitness centers and indoor pools and facilities that offer group exercises with no physical contact)
    • Museums and theaters
    • Outdoor spaces (includes ocean tours, outside pools and summer camps)
    • Other personal services (includes tattoo operators and acupuncturists)
    • Other real estate services (including open houses, property viewing, inspections, surveys, appraisals with restrictions)
    • Other retail and repair (including rental of recreational and sports equipment)
    • Certain county park sites and recreational facilities will re-open with some exceptions. County swimming pools, gymnasiums and community centers will remain closed at this time.

Kauaʻi County:

Gov. Ige has also approved Mayor Kawakami’s Emergency Rule #11 to re-open with modifications, businesses, operations or activities starting Monday, June 1. They include:

  • Indoor exercise and recreation facilities (including gyms, fitness centers, recreation facilities)
  • Outdoor spaces (including playgrounds, skateparks, pavilions, parks, organized outdoor team sports)
  • Personal services (including spas)
  • Restaurants (including dine-in)


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
[email protected]

Cindy McMillan
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0012
[email protected]