HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Retailers, gyms, salons and other “non-essential” businesses on Oahu will be forced to close their doors Thursday for two weeks under a new “stay-at-home” order.
The broad mandate is meant to quickly bring down the number of new COVID-19 infections on Oahu.
The city released the order on Wednesday morning, saying it closely resembles the previous shutdown restrictions that were in effect earlier this year.
The biggest difference: Spiritual services can still be held, with some hefty restrictions.
In a news release Tuesday, the city said the order “requires all individuals anywhere on Oahu to shelter in place — that is, stay at home and work from home — except for certain essential activities and for all businesses within the city to cease activities, except for certain essential businesses, healthcare operations, essential infrastructure, and essential government functions.
Under the order:
- Essential services include child care, construction, health care, some educational services, grocery stores, gas stations, banks and financial institutions, and hardware stores.
- Public schools are considered essential, which means classes could be held in person, but private schools are being told to conduct classes fully online.
- Retailers, personal services (like salons and barber shops), gyms and auto dealerships will have to close. Golf courses are also being told to close. Previously, tennis courts, swimming pools and bowling alleys were ordered to shut down — and those closures will continue.
- Restaurants will have to go to takeout-only.
- The city says it will also extend closures of bars, beaches and parks.
- City offices, like satellite city halls and driver licensing centers, will close to in-person visits and conduct business exclusively online and through the mail.