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Beach water quality monitoring on hold during stay-at-home orders

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said 121 visitors arrived in the islands on March 31, 2020.

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The Hawaii Tourism Authority said 121 visitors arrived in the islands on March 31, 2020. That compares to about 30,000 people a day at the same time last year. Location: Waikiki Beach / April 1, 2020(Jonathan Jared Saupe / Digital Content Creator / Hawaii News Now)
Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 10:31 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -The state health department said Tuesday that it is suspending all routine coastal beach monitoring during Governor Ige’s stay-at-home orders.

Under the mandate, state and county parks have been closed. However, the public is still allowed to swim and surf to exercise, while practicing social distancing.

[READ MORE: IN FULL: Read the governor’s stay-at-home emergency proclamation]

The health department said they won’t be able to alert the public about the water quality. They’re asking ocean-users to “please use common sense and stay safe.”

Current brown water advisories remain in effect. They can be found here.

The DOH says it will resume testing once stay-at-home orders are lifted.

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