Maui County proposes new restrictions as Kahului condo cluster nears 100 cases

Maui County proposes new restrictions as Kahului condo cluster nears 100 cases
The latest coronavirus cluster on the Valley Isle is located at Harbor Lights condominiums in Kahului. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County officials are proposing more restrictions as the island deals with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

But businesses won’t be shut down.

“After talking with the Department of Health and Director Libby Char as well as the governor, it was determined that closing businesses will not stop community spread,” said Sandy Baz, Maui County managing director.

Instead, the county is proposing the following changes:

  • Limiting capacity at large retail stores — like Target, Walmart and Costco — to 30%.
  • Smaller stores, like mom-and-pop shops, will be limited to 50%.
  • For travel, essential workers staying in Maui County longer than a day would need to be tested prior to arrival.
  • All travelers must download the AlohaSafe Alert contact tracing app and show it to screeners.

These rules would still need to be approved by Gov. David. Ige.

The new rules are being proposed as officials investigate a large cluster at the Harbor Lights condominium in Kahului.

As of Monday, there were 97 cases tied to Harbor Lights. Another 57 infections are from Pacific Islanders, according to county officials.

Nearly 40% of Maui’s COVID-19 cases since Dec. 29 fall into either category.

The county said the Harbor Lights cluster started with a holiday singing practice in late December.

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