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On Sunday, March 22, Mayor Caldwell issued an emergency order requiring all individuals in the City and County of Honolulu to "Stay at home/Work from home", except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.

The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

This Order is effective at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, and will continue through Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. 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.

Essential activities include, but are not limited to, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, obtaining necessary services or supplies such as groceries, and outdoor activities in locations as allowed by law.

Essential business includes, but is not limited to, healthcare operations, grocery stores and supermarkets, businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, gas stations, banks and financial institutions, and media services.

Essential activities include the following:

  • Tasks essential to their health and safety
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies (groceries, household consumer products, products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences)
  • To engage in outdoor activity in locations as allowed by law (walking, hiking, or running with or without pets)
  • To perform work providing essential products and services
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household

Essential businesses consist of the following:

  • Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure
  • Establishments engaged in the retail sale of food and other household consumer products (Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, etc.)
  • Food cultivation (farming, livestock, fishing)
  • Service providers for homeless or impoverished individuals
  • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
  • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Maintenance service providers (plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc.)
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping and delivery services
  • Educational institutions providing distance learning, critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Laundry service providers (laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services)
  • Facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, including meal delivery
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children, and/or people with developmental disabilities
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, insurance services, and real estate services
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging, and service providers to hotels and motels
  • Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services
  • Critical trades (plumbers, electricians, exterminators, janitorial staff, security, HVAC, painting, moving services, etc.)
  • Critical labor union functions that are essential activities

To read the full order, click HERE.

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