Oahu under trial curfew this Easter weekend

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A curfew will be in effect this holiday weekend for Oahu residents starting April 10.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard says no vehicles will be allowed on the road from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting this Friday, each night, through Monday morning. It includes anything with a wheel, so even bicycles. Grocery shopping will not be allowed during this pilot curfew but there are a few exceptions.

“For those people driving to and from work, for those people making deliveries,” said Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard.

Picking up medication and medical emergencies are also exempt.

Officials at the Mayor’s Office say that dropping off family members at work and picking them up is also okay.

“It’s for a brief period during the evening. It’s a pilot for this 3-day weekend because of the Easter holiday. We are concerned more people may think it’s time to go out and do things,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“We would prefer you don’t walk just because of the hours and the safety that is involved, but as long as you’re not on wheels then you’re going to be safe,” said Chief Ballard.

Chief Ballard also says more officers will be patrolling the beach parks which are closed. Water activities for exercise are allowed but running or walking on the sidewalk inside the park is not.

“The only place you can run or walk is below the high water mark what does that mean? The easiest thing for me to relate to is if you’re running or walking in the water, you’re going to be ok. if you’re on the sand you’re violating the proclamation for the city,” she said.

The Mayor says more testing, especially rapid testing, for COVID-19 should be done. The city continues to hold free testing clinics like at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex this Saturday and so far hasn’t had to pay out of pocket.

“We are grateful for Dr. Scott Miscovich. He has obtained the test kits and doing the testing free of charge,” said Mayor Caldwell. “He’s tested a couple thousand maybe more than that at this point and those numbers are helpful in terms of knowing where the virus is and where the concentrations could be.”

Chief Ballard reminds us again officers will be stricter on enforcement for any kind of road violation and they will be looking for people who may be violating the stay-at-home order.

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