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State Officials Announce Long-Term Plans to Reopen Hawai‘i’s Economy

Medium-risk businesses, including churches, gyms, museums and theaters, will be allowed to reopen in June during the next phase of the state’s plan.


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Gov. David Ige announced today the state’s reopening strategy that lays out long-term plans and goals, including a gradual approach to open more businesses in June.

 

The plan includes four phases, with the state now transitioning from “Safer at Home” to the second phase, “Act with Care.” It allows the counties, with permission from the state, to reopen what officials have deemed medium-risk businesses—with modifications—in June. That includes indoor gathering places, such as churches, gyms and fitness centers, museums, theaters, dine-in restaurants and personal services, including hair salons. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is allowing restaurants to reopen dine-in services on June 5. But if there is a major spike in cases, officials could scale back their plans.

 

The state’s 14-day quarantine for all travelers to the Islands remains in effect, along with the temporary moratorium on evictions, through June. Officials say people should continue wearing masks when out and staying 6 feet from others.

 

The final two phases, “Recovery” and “New Normal,” would allow high-risk businesses, such as large venues, bars and clubs, to reopen. During Recovery, there would also be fewer restrictions on businesses that are already open. By the time we reach the final phase, all parts of the state would be allowed to fully open with no disruptions.

 

But Ige warned that the state has not determined a specific timeline to transition to the last two phases. That would likely happen when new cases are sporadic and when a vaccine or herd immunity is developed, along with other health determinants.

 

Today, there were no new reported COVID-19 cases. For nearly a month, the state’s daily case count has been in the single digits. 

 

To read more about the state’s plans, click here.

 

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