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Mayor Kim Issues Emergency Rule No. 4 Reopens Designated Businesses, Opens Certain Parks for Walking/Jogging

Post Date:05/06/2020 3:37 PM

Expanding on Governor Ige’s 7th Supplemental Proclamation concerning businesses that may reopen, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim issued an Emergency Rule that further identifies businesses that may reopen in Hawaiʻi County.  The rule also opens certain parks for walking, jogging and running.

The Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 4 reopens private and public golf courses.  Hilo Municipal Golf Course will open effective Monday, May 11, 2020 with modified rules for play and social distancing requirements in effect.

Along with those businesses identified in the Governor’s 7th Supplemental Proclamation, the Mayor’s Rule 4 clarifies designated businesses that may reopen in Hawaiʻi County, with noted restrictions and guidelines:

  1. All real estate services.
  2. Florist, nursery, plant sales.
  3. Other retail sales, such as:
    • Bicycle shop sales and repair;
    • Bookstores;
    • Jewelry shop sales and repair;
    • Pet grooming and boarding;
    • Shops that sell walking/running shoes, apparel and exercise equipment;
    • Surf and swimming equipment shop sales and repair.
  4. Automated service providers.

The following parks will be opened on a limited basis for outdoor exercise:

  • Hilo Bayfront Trails
  • Kaūmana Lani Park (Hokulani)
  • Machado Acres Park
  • Waiʻōhinu Park
  • Clarence Lum Won Park
  • Walua Trail

Rule 4 identifies the following additional restroom facilities are open from 7am to 5pm:

  • Carlsmith Beach Park
  • Richardson Ocean Park
  • Waiʻohinu Park
  • Clarence Lum Won Park

Rule 4 identifies the following additional parks for passage/direct access to the ocean:

  • Carlsmith Beach Park
  • Richardson Ocean Park
  • Mahukona Wharf (does not include the park section)

Rule 4 consolidates and amends the Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rules 1, 2, and 3 and incorporates the Governor’s 7th Supplementary Proclamation dated May 5, 2020.

Violators of Rule 4 may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 or one year imprisonment, or both.  The Rule remain effective throughout the pandemic emergency, or until terminated sooner by order of the Mayor.

To request no cost assistance in providing a safe and healthy business for employees and customers, contact the COVID Task Force on Education and Prevention at 935-0031.

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