HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill expanding strict sit-lie restrictions to other parts of Oahu Monday.
In ongoing efforts to ensure sidewalks remain clear of homeless campsites, Mayor Caldwell signed Bill 66, banning individuals from sitting or lying down on public sidewalks.
Bill 66 amends the current sit-lie law and includes the following 15 zones:
- Downtown Honolulu
- Ala Moana-Sheridan
- Aina Haina-Niu Valley
- Hawaii Kai
"I think its made a difference both in how our community looks and also allows people to move down our sidewalks and in our parks much more freely," Mayor Caldwell said. "But I also believe it's resulted in more people seeking shelter, and in housing."
Sit-lie restrictions were first put in place in 2014. Waikiki was one of the first areas under the law.
The City Council has extended the restrictions several times to pockets throughout urban Honolulu.
Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi authored the latest bill to extend the ban.
In May, city leaders expanded the ban to parts of Kalihi, King Street and Iwilei.
For specific streets the new expansion applies to, see PDF file below: