Non-essential government workers in Maui County urged to stay home

9/11 4 p.m.: Olivia's impacts starting to be felt as tropical storm nears island chain

KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County government workers are being told to stay home Wednesday — unless they're needed for essential services.

The governor said non-essential state workers on Maui, Lanai and Molokai are being granted administrative leave as Olivia churns closer to the state.

The state is also closing all Maui County public schools Wednesday, along with all state Department of Education offices.

Meanwhile, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said non-essential county employees are also being urged to stay home Wednesday.

Essential employees include disaster response workers and hospital workers.

While Oahu is slated to see heavy rains from Olivia, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said city workers will need to take leave if they take Wednesday off.

This story will be updated.

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