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Maui County COVID-19 Updates

Governor David Ige this afternoon issued a statewide Stay At Home Order that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday morning, March 25, and remain in effect until April 30th.

Since March 20th at 7:45 AM, people who violate the Mayor's orders face a misdemeanor charge and possible $5,000 fine: nobody will be allowed to gather in groups of 11 people or more. Additionally, bars, theaters, gyms, public gatherings and tourist attractions must close. Restaurants may not operate dining areas inside their premises. The rules will remain in effect until May 4.

The county will only allow essential travel, such as work commutes, medical appointments and shopping for basic "household supplies."

The roads to Hana and Kahakuloa are closed for local traffic only.

War Memorial Gymnasium parking lot in Wailuku is now open as Maui’s drive-through testing site
They have begun taking appointments for those experiencing flu-like symptoms between 8AM and 4PM at 808-270-7228, 808-500-8118, 808-500-8117, or 808-500-8120

General information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be found on the County of Maui’s website at mauicounty.gov. For more information and updates, please visit the State DOH website at https://health.hawaii.gov/ and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/ or hawaiicovid19.com

2-1-1 is the call center for information on COVID-19 by The Aloha United Way open daily between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m

If you believe you need to be tested:
1) Call ahead to your healthcare provider before going anywhere
2) If your doctor would like you to come in for a screening, bring a photo ID and insurance card
3) If your doctor decides that you meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing, they will provide a lab order for the test and take the swab for testing
4) The specimen will be sent to a private or state lab for the results.

A “rapid assessment” area has been set up at the Emergency Department entrance of Maui Memorial Hospital as an extension of the current triage tent area and to help with patient flow. Hospital visitation is now limited to one visitor per patient and no children under the age of 14.

Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i has announced that it will not be terminating health coverage for non-payment through April 2020 and will “continue to evaluate the situation moving forward.”

Support your favorite local restaurant during this time by calling for take-out or delivery.

Pukalani Superette, Foodland, Costco, Time Supermarkets, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Tamuraʻs have all designated Kupuna Shopping Hours.

808 PickUps is offering free grocery deliveries to senior citizens

The Maui Food Bank due to high demand is nearly empty. Please visit the Virtual Food Drive (https://mauifoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive/) to shop online or the donation page (https://mauifoodbank.org/donate/) for cash donations.

Bank of Hawaii has announced the closure of several branches.

Per Governor Ige at 3PM March 17th:
All bars and clubs are to close. Restaurants are to no longer have a dine-in option; ie: take-out, delivery, and drive-thru only. No gatherings of more than 10 people including church services. Unemployment will no longer have a one week waiting period. The governor asks tourists to postpone their trips to Hawaiʻi for at least 30 days. Starting Friday the 20th, he said, all passengers from cruise ships will undergo thermal screening and interviews conducted by physicians to determine possible infection. Airports will implement screening of arriving visitors “soon.” Discretionary travel of residents is discouraged, and non-essential travel by state employees is canceled. State employees that have to travel will be quarantined. Hotels are not being asked to close, but are being asked to follow guidelines for social distancing. Essential functions and critical infrastructure including vital government operations, stores, and utilities will remain open with support from the government.

Starting March 24, 2020, the Office of the County Clerk will provide in-person election-related services to the public by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, until further notice. Office staff will be available to assist the public by phone at (808) 270-7749 on those same days from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public schools will continue to be closed through April 30th.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Education is canceling all school and department-related travel to the US mainland and international destinations until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Kamehameha Schools (KS) campuses and preschools to begin distance learning after spring break.

Hawaii State Legislature has suspended sessions.
Maui County Council to continue legislative work.

The mayor has signed the $4 million Emergency Fund bill to help the county deal with the impacts from COVID-19.

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) has joined a call for an extension to the individual tax filing deadline due to the impacts of COVID-19. The regular filing deadline is April 15, 2020.

County community centers will close starting Monday, March 16, 2020.
County offices will remain open for regular business.

The County of Maui Department of Liquor Control announced the cancellation of its certification exam and education sessions through March 31, 2020.
The County of Maui announces that the Departments of Finance and Water Supply will be waiving all credit card convenience and transaction fees for online payments for Real Property tax, Solid Waste and Water bills.
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division is suspending all eviction activities.

Temporary closures are announced for youth centers and clubs and the Kaunoa Senior Services’ Congregate Nutrition Program and Leisure/Wellness Program, in Maui County. The action follows the announcement of the 30-day closure of County of Maui fields, pools, gyms and other facilities due to increased precautions

The Kaunoa senior programs will be closed and all classes and activities suspended countywide from March 17, 2020, to March 31, 2020. Kaunoa’s Assisted Transportation and Home Delivered Meals Program will remain fully operational.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that all member ocean cruise lines are pausing sailings over the next 30-60 days. For most cruise lines, the cancellations will span the next 30 days. Major cruise lines that are members of CLIA include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises.

The MACC is pausing programs. Patrons are asked to please check the MACC website (MauiArts.org) and social media platforms this coming week, as well as upcoming email announcements, for more complete information on a show-by-show basis.

On Monday Mar. 16, Governor David Ige issued a supplemental emergency proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic. Among its directives, the proclamation authorizes Hawaii Emergency Management director Ken Hara to be “incident commander” in charge of aligning federal and local responses to the outbreak. The proclamation also waives certain state laws, which Ige said was necessary to allow for social distancing. Among the suspended laws are HRS Chapter 91 and 92, which includes the Sunshine Law and Uniform Information Practices Act.

The state is invoking a 90-day waiver on all expired driver’s licenses and State identification cards. If your driver’s license or State ID expires between March 23 and May 15, your credentials will be considered valid in the State of Hawaii for an additional 90-days.

Effective March 17, the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will begin restricting the amount of customers that enter its office to no more than 10 people. Credit card convenience fees at self-service kiosks, such as those at the Kalana O Maui Building and Safeway, will be waived starting March 18. The fees will be waived until June 30, 2020. All driving tests, commercial driving and skills tests, and motorcycle skills tests will be suspended. The county also announced that Kihei and Lahaina DMV satellite offices will be limited to five waiting customers due to the size of its offices. All other customers will be required to wait outside of the office. These offices utilize a cell phone pager system that text waiting customers when they are fifth in line to enter the office. Molokai and Lanai DMV satellite office will be limited to two waiting customers due to the size of its offices. All other customers will be requested to wait outside.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Hawaii (BBBS) is working remotely, will interview youth in need of a mentor on calls and videos.

Hawai‘i correctional facilities inmate personal visits suspended until further notice.

Haleakala National Park will have the following temporary closures until further notice: The Summit District of the park will be closed daily from 3:00am-7am. All Sunrise Reservations are canceled until further notice. All visitor centers, including Haleakala Visitor Center (9,740 feet), Headquarters Visitor Center (at 7,000 feet), and the Kipahulu Visitor Center will be closed. All backcountry access in wilderness areas will be closed. This temporary closure includes day-use on Halemau’u, Keonehe’ehe’e (or Sliding Sands), Kaupo trails, and all Crater trails; and cabin reservations and primitive wilderness campgrounds at Holua and Paliku. All special events and guided programs, including hikes, walks and talks, and night sky programs are canceled until further notice. Hosmer Campground, Kipahulu Campground, all overlooks and front country trails including the Hosmer Grover Trail, Pipiwai Trail, Kuloa Point, and Kahakai Trail will remain open to public use. Visitors should expect reduced services and emergency response may be limited. Updates will be posted to the park website www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/conditions.htm and social media channels.

Maui Humane Society will be be closed to the public until further notice
HARF has canceled community dog adoption events through April 1st

Foodland and Costco have revised their return policies due to hoarding.

Sources:

MauiTime Weekly

County Government Site

MauiNow

 

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