On the Big Island, 2 county imposters are telling people not to wear masks, socially distance

On the Big Island, 2 county imposters are telling people not to wear masks, socially distance
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two women have been accused of posing as Hawaii County officials and spreading false information about COVID-19 policies and procedures in Puna.

The county said the two were seen at multiple businesses in the Puna Kai Shopping Center informing employees and patrons that it’s no longer necessary to use masks.

They also claimed social distancing practices are not in place.

The two apparently claimed to be from “Hawaii County Assembly of Health and Safety Commission.”

Officials confirmed that no such commission exists.

“It’s disheartening to think that there are folks out there who are trying to trick people into abandoning the practices that have allowed us to keep our COVID-19 counts some of the lowest in the nation,” said Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth, in a news release

“As those most vulnerable continue to receive their vaccinations and are deemed truly safe, we will begin to ease restrictions, but we aren’t there just yet.”

Hawaii County officials are investigating the matter.

Anyone encountering similar activity is asked to call the Hawaii County Police Department’s non-emergency line at 808-935-3311.

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