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COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order Extended and Other Updates - as of 4/25/2020

posted Apr 28, 2020, 12:32 PM by Moanalua Garden Community Association

Hawaii is a unique place where we all pull together.  I’ve seen that firsthand throughout this crisis and especially so this week.  I hope you and your family are well.  In this edition of our COVID-19 update, we’re highlighting some of the newest information in governmental policies and updates in the fight against COVID-19.  Together, we can...and will get through this.

 

GOVERNOR EXTENDS STAY-AT-HOME ORDER STATEWIDE THROUGH MAY 31  

Gov. David Ige today signed a 6th supplementary emergency proclamation extending the stay-at-home order across the state to extend through May 31.

The stay-at-home order means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai‘i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets. Now, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.

Also extended through May 31 are the 14-day quarantine for both visitors and residents entering the state and for inter-island travelers, and the eviction moratorium, which prevents any eviction from a residential dwelling for failure to pay rent.

The Governor’s order aligns with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s announcement from earlier this week also extending the stay-at-home order for the City & County of Honolulu through May 31 and modifying permitted outdoor activities. Honolulu City parks have reopened for designated exercise activities beginning today, April 25. These designated exercise activities only include: walking, jogging, running, and bicycle riding. The public may still pass through City parks to access the ocean for water activities.

Social distancing requirements remain in place across the state through the end of May.  For more information, please click here.

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) STRENGTHENS TRAVELER VERIFICATION PROCESS 

As many of us continue to express concerns about tourists traveling to Hawaii amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented improved measures to verify incoming passenger information before they leave the airport to help ensure people are abiding by the traveler quarantine order. The enhanced process is underway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and will begin statewide in the coming days.

For more detailed information on the process for airline passengers, please click here

 

HAWAII EXPANDS ASSISTANCE TO HELP FAMILIES AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

The State of Hawaii is expanding its efforts in early care and education to help both families and providers weather these uncertain times. The Department of Human Services (DHS) has expanded eligibility for its Child Care Connection Hawaii subsidies and has made adjustments to its existing subsidy, which will provide more money to families accessing child care, as well as child care providers. 

For more information on this assistance to families, please visit their website

 

ICYMI: MASSIVE OPERATION COMMENCED TO ADDRESS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS 

This week, I had the privilege of helping to stand up a several hundred-person volunteer operation at the Hawaii Convention Center to address the avalanche of unemployment claims.  To date, more than 250,000 claims have been filed--an exponential increase from the average 20,000 claims filed in the middle of March prior to COVID-19.  The dramatic spike practically overwhelmed the system.  This unique and much-needed partnership of the Legislature, HGEA, HSTA, & UHPA members, and the Administration has trained hundreds of volunteers to dramatically increase the state’s capabilities to process unemployment claims.  

In addition to helping stand up the operation, I’ve also spent this week volunteering and processing outstanding claims myself.  Here’s some additional information on this huge collaborative effort to help many struggling individuals from this past week’s news coverage:

KITV:  Massive UI Effort Commences

HNN:  Legislators, Unions, & the Administration Team Up to Tackle Unemployment Insurance Backlog

Star-Advertiser:  Volunteers Come Together to Stand Up UI Operation 

  

Mahalo to everyone for helping to fight this pandemic.  A special mahalo to all of our essential workers, first responders, and healthcare workers who are continuing to serve all of us during this time.  As always, if you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to email me at repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov or call at (808) 586-9470.  Please take care and stay safe.

 

Mahalo,



Aaron Ling Johanson

State Representative, District 31
(808) 586-9470
repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov

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