If visitors on Kauai want to go to the beach, they’ll now need a permit

If visitors on Kauai want to go to the beach, they’ll now need a permit
Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced the new rules Saturday. (Source: Kauai County)

LIHUE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced more measures Saturday aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus on the island.

Kawakami ordered the closure of all bars and clubs, and said eateries must close dine-in areas during these these trying times for communities.

Interestingly, he also enacted a new rule that requires non-residents to obtain a day-use permit for any beach park on the island. Every non-resident, regardless of their age, will need an individual permit.

The permits cost $5, but if they are looking to park at a beach’s parking lot, visitors will also need to obtain a parking permit. That will cost $50 per vehicle.

They must display the permit on their dashboards. He emphasized that the rule does not apply to Hawaii residents.

“I am concerned that visitors at our beach parks are not exercising social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” said Kawakami.

“This emergency rule helps work toward ensuring our community spaces can be used by our residents to engage in activities to maintain their mental health during this difficult time.”

He also asked all hotel and lodging accommodations to have their guests stay within the boundaries of their property while visiting the island.

Kawakami added any violators of the new rules could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $5,000.

“This is not intended to be a strong show of law enforcement, but rather an effort to get everyone in our community, both residents and visitors, to follow known guidelines regarding social distancing,” he said.

The rules are in place as of Saturday.

At last check, the Garden Island had three confirmed cases of COVID-19. One of them was a woman who came home after a trip to New York.

Kawakami said that woman was in isolation at home in stable condition. He added the two original cases — a visiting couple the island — remained on Kauai in isolation. They were in stable condition.

Watch his video update below:

COVID-19: Daily update, Saturday, March 21 #FlattenTheCurve #ShakasNotShakes

COVID-19: Daily update, Saturday, March 21 #FlattenTheCurve #ShakasNotShakes Important links for Small Businesses: SBA.Gov/Disaster COVID19.COCHawaii.org

Posted by County of Kaua'i on Saturday, March 21, 2020

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