Honolulu Closes Parks and Seashores Amid Hawaii’s New COVID-19 Surge
Hawaii’s officers are taking motion within the face of a worrying rise in COVID-19 an infection charges skilled over the previous two weeks. Having initially deliberate to start a brand new pre-testing program on September 1 that will allow out-of-state guests to forego the necessary quarantine, the Aloha State as an alternative finds itself transferring backward.
Days in the past, Governor David Ige reinstated necessary quarantine for inter-island vacationers to Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao. The emergency order goes into impact as we speak and is slated to proceed by means of not less than August 31, topic to extension.
Hawaiian well being officers reported a report 231 new circumstances on August 8, and the state Well being Division reported 141 new circumstances yesterday, 138 of them on Oahu, which has been experiencing the best surge in an infection as house to the capital metropolis of Honolulu.
“I’ve been working carefully with all of our county mayors and we agree that reinstating a part of the inter-island journey quarantine is important and the precise factor to do right now,” Ige mentioned. “We should defend our neighbor island residents in gentle of the alarming enhance in COVID-19 circumstances on Oahu.”
Over the weekend, Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell closed down the county’s state and metropolis parks, seashores and leisure amenities (together with swimming pools, playgrounds, sports activities courts and campgrounds), Journey + Leisure revealed. Persons are at the moment allowed to cross metropolis parks solely to, “interact in and return from ocean actions equivalent to browsing, solo paddling, swimming and different actions allowed by regulation.”
Indoor points of interest, equivalent to bowling alleys, arcades, mini-golf, and so forth. are additionally shut down in accordance with the mayor’s ‘Act With Care – Do Not Collect’ order, which additionally prohibits outside social gatherings of greater than ten individuals. Teams of as much as ten, no matter their family affiliation, are required to put on masks whereas out in public house, and members of separate dwelling items should preserve a social distancing minimal of six toes from one another.
Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Josh Inexperienced informed AP Information that he expects the variety of new circumstances to reduce as native closures and the renewed quarantine take impact. “We’ll possible see circumstances within the triple digits for one more week, then the numbers ought to start to drop,” he mentioned. “If we do very nicely socially distancing, the numbers on Oahu may very well be again to the 20-30 a day or higher by September 1.”