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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor Ige approves requests to safety re-open more businesses across the state

Posted on May 27, 2020 in COVID-19 News Releases, Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to safely re-open more businesses and operations on O‘ahu, under guidelines that will ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Mayor Caldwell’s proposal includes the Friday, May 29th resumption of operations with modifications for “personal service providers” including:

  • Barbers
  • Hairdressers
  • Nail technicians
  • Tattoo artists
  • Other beauty operators

The proposal also includes the re-opening of outdoor attractions with limitations, starting Thursday, May 28. This includes:

  • Sea life attractions
  • Water parks
  • Pools
  • Campgrounds
  • People’s Open Markets
  • Shooting and Archery Ranges
  • Similar outdoor facilities

The proposal also allows the following to resume operations with modifications:

  • June 5: Business/commercial businesses (in addition to restaurants), indoor residential, non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less (regardless of household)



Gov. Ige has also approved Mayor Michael Victorino’s request to re-open most businesses and services, with modifications, starting Monday, June 1.

The following public gathering areas will also open:

  • Clubhouses
  • Dog parks
  • Playgrounds and skate parks
  • All county parks and beach parks (individual park re-opening dates are subject to change)
  • Select county pools

The following businesses and services remain closed:

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Theatres
  • Public gathering venues
  • Banquet halls
  • County Community Centers
  • County  Gymnasiums



Earlier, Gov. Ige also approved Mayor Harry Kim’s proposal to re-open with modifications, the following businesses/operations starting June 1:

  • Places of worship
  • Personal services (Salons, barber shops, beauty operators)
  • Restaurants (including food courts, but excluding bars, nightclubs)



With the governor’s approval, Mayor Derek Kawakami re-opened with modifications, the following medium risk business and activities on May 22:

  • Public and private pools
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor tour activities
  • Salons and barbershops
  • All cleaning and construction work
  • One-on-one personal services (fitness, tutoring, music lessons)



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]