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Hawaii Announces Stay-At-Home Order And Mandatory Self-Quarantine Period


Beginning on March 25, 2020, all persons in the State of Hawaii have been ordered by Governor Ige to stay at home through April 30, 2020 to reduce the spread of COVID-19, except to the extent necessary to maintain continuity of operations of federal critical infrastructure sectors. Notably, Governor Ige’s order permits individuals to travel for health and safety reasons, to obtain goods and services from essential business, and allows non-essential businesses to engage in minimum basic operations. The order further permits travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, and other high-risk individuals. Additionally, the order allows travel from a person’s place of residence to the nearest airport and any travel required by law enforcement. Outdoor exercise including surfing, swimming, and walking pets is allowed, so long as social distancing requirements are met.

Businesses Affected By The Order

Gatherings of 10 or more people are largely prohibited. Fitness centers, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, water parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, and social clubs are closed to the public. Additionally, all businesses not identified in the governor’s order, federal guidance, or designated by the Director of the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) as essential, shall be closed.

Businesses That May Remain Open Under The Order

Notably, essential business and individuals engaged in permitted operations are required to abide by social distancing protocols, including using appropriate signage and markings, making sanitizing products readily available to employees and customers, implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and high-risk populations, and publicizing hours of operation online.

Mandatory Self-Quarantine Period

Beginning on March 26, 2020, all travelers who enter the State of Hawaii will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days in their homes or hotels to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During the self-quarantine, all food or other necessities shall be delivered to their rooms and visitors are prohibited. The self-quarantine does not extend to family members who did not engage in travel, unless they begin to develop symptoms related to COVID-19.  Out of state travelers can return home before the end of their 14-day quarantine. 


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This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific state law. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.


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