Maui County COVID-19 Updates
Resources by Dr. George Martin, M.D.
For Maui County per Mayor Victorino 4PM 4/29:
Face coverings or masks are now required when leaving home unless under age 5, exercising, health conditions, or disallowed by financial institutions.
Phase 1 of reopening begins May 1st in conjunction with the current Governor Stay-At-Home Orders through May 31st. This will include select county parks, select county beach parks, and golf courses.
Select county parks and beach parks are reopening 7AM-7PM for exercise only; ocean activities allowed. Playground equipment, courts/fields, dog parks, pavilions, skate parks, gymnasiums, organized sports, grills, picnic tables, and benches remain closed. No gatherings.
Select County Parks Open: "Duke" Maliu Regional Park, Hana Ball Park, Keanae Park, Kahului Community Park, Keopuolani Regional Park, Kilohana Park, South Maui Community Park, Liloa Drive Bike Trail, Lahaina Recreation Center, Napili Park, Lanai Entry Park, Kula Ballfield, Pukalani Park.
Select Beach Parks Open: Hana Bay, Hoaloha Park, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Lower Paia Park, Kamaole I-III, One Ali'i Park, Wahikuli Wayside Park, Waiehu Beach Park.
Golf Courses: One person per cart unless in same household; no drink or refreshment carts; one rake per cart.
Real Estate and Property Management is allowed on appointment or critical basis.
Car Dealerships allowed on appointment or critical basis. Automated Car Washes allowed.
Floral wholesale and deliveries allowed.
Cannabis dispensaries allowed.
Vehicle Safety inspections may resume May 1st.
Maui Electric will not disconnect due to nonpayment through June.
All counties must submit emergency rule changes to the governor for approval. Risk assessment of facilities and business for reopening is based on "contact intensity".
Sen. Schatz Details Coronavirus Relief Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed with the approval of both houses of Congress and the signature of President Donald Trump. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz sent the following details in an email about direct payments to individuals:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directs the Department of the Treasury to make a one-time direct payment to individuals to help them recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government will send you a payment if (1) you meet the eligibility criteria; (2) you fall within the income cap; and (3) you have filed a tax return or you already receive Social Security benefits. If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or you receive Social Security benefits, you do not need to apply for this benefit. If you do not fit into those categories, you can file a tax return for free to receive your payment.
- Anyone other than a nonresident alien, a dependent, or an estate, is eligible.
- You must have a Social Security number for you, your spouse, and any child you are claiming. There is an exception for spouses of active duty military members.
Amount of payment
- Individuals receive $1,200 (joint filers receive $2,400) plus $500 per child under 17 years old.
- Benefits start to phase out for those with incomes exceeding $150,000 for married couples, $75,000 for singles, and $112,500 for single parents.
- With the phase-out, payments will not go to single filers earning more than $99,000; head-of-household filers with one child, more than $146,500; and more than $198,000 for joint filers with no children.
- Your income is based on your 2019 tax return; if you did not file taxes in 2019, the Treasury will use your 2018 tax return.
- If you did not file a tax return in those years, the Treasury can use your Social Security benefit information or you will have to file a tax return. You can find out how to file a return for free at www.irs.gov.
How will it be paid?
- If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, or you receive Social Security benefits, you will receive the rebate automatically.
- If you provided bank account information to receive your tax refund as a direct deposit, you will receive your rebate that way.
- If you did not provide information for direct deposit, you will be mailed a rebate check to the address provided on your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever you filed most recently.
- If you did not file in 2018 or 2019, but you receive Social Security benefits, you will receive the rebate the same way you receive your Social Security benefit.
- After the payment is made, you will receive a notification in the mail from Treasury within 15 days.
- If you do not fit within one of these categories you can file a tax return now to receive your payment (to file a return for free, please go to www.irs.gov).
When will the payments be made?
- Payments will be made as fast as possible but could still take a month or longer.
For more information, please check the IRS’s website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus. The “2020 Recovery Rebates” program is established by Title II (Sec. 2201) of the CARES Act.