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Kauai makes cloth masks required in public for everyone 5 and over

Kauai is making mask wearing mandatory for anyone 5 and over starting Tuesday.
Kauai is making mask wearing mandatory for anyone 5 and over starting Tuesday.(Kauai Police Department)
Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 4:24 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under a new emergency order, everyone 5 and over will have to wear a cloth face mask on Kauai during most activities in public starting Tuesday.

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami announced the new rule in a Facebook video.

He did not say whether there would be any enforcement.

He said the rules won’t apply when you’re exercising, riding in a car with family, entering a bank or using an ATM, or if you have a medical condition that prevents you from using a mask.

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“Masks are becoming a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19,” Kawakami said.

Masks can protect their wearers, but chiefly protect others. Because about 1 in 4 people with coronavirus can be asymptomatic, the CDC now recommends that everyone wear a mask in public.

On Oahu, the city has urged residents to wear a mask, but hasn’t made them mandatory.

This story will be updated.

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