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Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 6:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu’s mayor is widening its closures of city facilities to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and has ordered restaurants, bars and clubs to close dine-in services.

The closure of dine-in services begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. and runs for 15 days.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the efforts Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, Caldwell announced that all city parks are closing through April 30.

Also closed: The Honolulu Zoo, botanical gardens, golf courses, city gyms and other gathering places.

The city previously closed larger venues, including the Blaisdell Center, and canceled large events.

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Here’s more of the latest coronavirus news:

  • The state is closing public schools through April 6, while the University of Hawaii announced Wednesday that all classes would remain through the semester.
  • The state has closed all parks, include Diamond Head State Monument, visitor attractions and other gathering places. The city has also shut down venues, including Blaisdell Center.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents are working from home as businesses institute social distancing procedures. Meanwhile, a growing number of local and national retailers have announced they’re temporarily closing their doors or cutting back on some services.

The state is reporting two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 16.

Both of the new cases are on Oahu and are linked to recent travel.

Here’s the breakdown by island:

  • Oahu: 10
  • Maui: 3
  • Kauai: 2
  • Hawaii Island: 1

About 60 Molokai residents staged a protest at the island’s airport on Wednesday morning.

They’re saying they don’t want any more visitors coming to the island as a precaution against coronavirus.

“We are here today to exercise our rights and our voices to ask tourists and people who are not from here to please stay home,” said resident Zhantell Lindo.

The Senate has overwhelming passed a second coronavirus response bill, and is sending it to President Donald Trump to enact with his signature.

The vote was a lopsided 90-8 despite misgivings among many Republicans over a temporary new employer mandate to provide sick leave to workers who contract COVID-19.

The measure is also aimed at making diagnostic tests for the virus free.

Trump announced he’ll invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centers. Trump took a series of extraordinary steps to steady a shaken country.

Wednesday’s economic damage mounted with word that Detroit’s Big Three automakers agreed to shut down all their factories to protect workers.

And the Trump administration pressed Congress to swiftly pass a potentially $1 trillion rescue package to prop up the economy and speed relief checks to Americans in a matter of weeks.

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