Hawaii County to reopen bars, public pools, more

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim issued an emergency rule on June 25 that will allow the reopening of public swimming pools and bars.

It will also allow outdoor organized sports in phases.

Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues such as concerts and conventions, and road races such as marathons will remain closed.

Though bars will be able to reopen, there will be safety requirements that are identical to restaurants, with some added safety measures.

  • Limit groups within the bar to a maximum of ten individuals per group.
  • Ensure groups within the bar maintain at least six feet of separation from other groups.
  • Prohibit groups within the bar from intermingling.
  • Designate areas to separate groups at least six feet apart from each other. (E.g., through ropes or other physical separation for standing areas, or the seating of guests at separate tables, or both).
  • Require all employees that interact with the public wear face coverings.
  • Ensure all customers wear face coverings when entering and leaving the bar, but allow customers to remove the face covering while in the bar.

The rule also includes the opening of more county parks and recreational facilities and activities, including swimming pools beginning July 13. For camping, beginning July 13 and August 1, and outdoor organized team sports in phases, beginning June 26 and July 20, respectively.

Swimming pools may reopen on or after Monday, July 13, 2020, with modified days/hours of operations and modified rules in effect as established by the Director of Parks and Recreation.

Here’s the rundown on camping

Camping is permitted subject to modified rules and these conditions:

Here are the campsites that will be open for use beginning July 13.

  • Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area
  • Spencer Park at ‘Ōhai‘ula Beach
  • Kohanaiki Beach Park

Here are the campsites that be open on August 1

  • Laupāhoehoe Pt. Beach Park
  • Kapa‘a Beach Park
  • Māhukona Beach Park
  • Ho‘okena Beach Park
  • Punalu‘u Beach Park
  • Whittington Beach Park

All other campsites will remain closed until further notice unless the use is specifically approved by the Director.

All campers shall be responsible to disinfect/sanitize all common contact surfaces (such as grills, picnic tables, water faucets, restroom fixtures, showers, etc.) prior to and immediately following each person’s use.

All campers shall provide their own disinfecting/sanitizing supplies and accessories necessary to comply with the preceding requirement and as required to maintain their individual health and safety.

All tents/canopies belonging to campers from the same group shall be separated by a minimum of ten (10) feet. All tents/canopies belonging to separate groups of campers shall be separated by not less than twenty (20) feet.

Sports Programs

Outdoor organized team sports, such as baseball, softball, soccer, futsal, football (tackle, flag, or touch), rugby, volleyball, basketball and similar sports that are customarily and traditionally played at outdoor venues (hereinafter “Sports Program(s)”) are permitted to resume operations as follows:

Phase one: Effective immediately, sports programs can resume limited to practices. This includes sports conditioning, individual skill development and controlled group situational drills.

Here are the conditions that coaches and athletes will have to follow:

  • Physical distancing of not less than six feet between individuals shall always be maintained to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 35 individuals (includes athletes, coaches, managers, staff, etc. required to successfully implement a practice session) from a single sports program. (This is a specific exception from the rule limiting groups to 10 persons at an outdoor gathering.)
  • Where multiple sports programs are present at the same facility, not less than twenty (20) feet of separation shall always be maintained between separate sports programs. (Mingling of individuals between sports programs shall not be permitted.)

Phase two: Effective Monday, July 20, sports programs may resume full regimen practices and scrimmages, and competitive play under the following conditions and requirements:

  • Excluded from this section are outdoor sports and similar activities that require sustained close contact, such as football, rugby, basketball, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, mixed martial arts, etc. These close contact sports may continue under Phase I (above).
  • Competitive play shall be limited to one sports program competing against another Sports Program (e.g., one baseball team playing against another). (This is a specific exception from the rule limiting groups to 10 persons at an outdoor gathering.)
  • Groups are limited to two sports programs on a common outdoor sports field, court, etc. at the same time.
  • Where competitive play or training is scheduled in proximity to other competitive play or Training, not less than 20 feet of physical separation shall always be maintained.
  • No mingling shall be allowed between members of separate Sports Programs.

Sports program operators will have to ensure:

  • Physical distancing protocols and procedures exist, are communicated to and understood by athletes, coaches, managers, staff, scorekeepers/statisticians, and officials/referees/umpires, and parents/guardians, family members, friends, supporters and spectators.
  • Close contact engagements beyond those necessary to carry out practices, training, and competitive play (e.g., huddles, high-fives, fist-bumps, post-game handshakes, team cheers, etc.) shall not be permitted.
  • Specific considerations are implemented and enforced pertinent to the configuration and controlling physical features of the sports venue relative to the athletic activity engaged in including, but not limited to, maintaining unhindered access to entrances/exits, controlling queues, identifying and accounting for bottlenecks, respecting maximum occupancy of venues and portions thereof, etc.

What will remain closed

The following County of Hawaii parks and recreational facilities remain closed to the general public:

  • All community centers and senior centers
  • All gymnasiums and covered play court facilities
  • Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale
  • Francis F.C. Wong Stadium
  • Hakalau Beach Park
  • Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
  • Honoka‘a Swimming Pool (ongoing construction)
  • NAS Swimming Pool (Hale Hanakahi emergency shelter facility)
  • Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens (ongoing construction)
  • Shipman Gym
  • Waiākea Recreation Center
  • Edith Kanaka‘ole multipurpose stadium

Under the Mayor’s new Rule, the following businesses, operations and activities identified below shall remain closed:

  • Nightclubs
  • Large indoor venues (concerts, sports, conventions, expos)
  • Large outdoor venues (concerts, sports, conventions, expos)
  • Road races (marathons, triathlons, etc.)

The rule takes effect on June 26, 2020, and will continue through July 31, 2020, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Mayor’s subsequent order, or as otherwise provided by law.

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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