Oahu bars closing for 3 weeks due to spike in coronavirus cases

By Hawaii.com Team

Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell ordered Oahu bars closed for three weeks, effective July 31, 2020, after a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Hawaii.

Caldwell, whose order also includes restaurants, said he will reassess the situation after three weeks.

Hawaii has seen a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases recently, with several Oahu bars being cited for not following social-distancing and mask-wearing mandates. Two Honolulu bars have been associated with at least 12 coronavirus cases.

Restaurants are prohibited from selling and serving alcohol after 10 p.m. Violating the order can result in a 24-hour shutdown, penalties, fines and the possibility of lost liquor licenses.

“Every day for the past almost a week now, we have an increasing number of cases,” Caldwell said. “This is a milestone of milestones and not a proud accomplishment.”

Hawaii Gov. David Ige also said this week he is moving to reinstate mask-wearing and social-distancing mandates.

On Maui, Mayor Michael Victorino announced that, effective July 31, 2020, social gatherings within Maui County will be limited to 10 people. Ige indicated he would be making a statewide order to that effect.

In addition to the above restrictions, the statewide mandatory 14-day quarantine remains in effect for all incoming travelers to Hawaii.

Starting September 1, travelers to Hawaii can bypass the quarantine rule if they meet certain criteria. Arriving passengers who are unable to meet the requirements must still quarantine or face potential fines and jail time.

Visit the Star-Advertiser’s coronavirus page for more information.

For the latest on travel requirements, visit the State of Hawaii Department of Health website.

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