Stay-at-home order: What you can and can’t do


As of Wednesday, March 25th, the state of Hawaii’s stay-at-home order went into effect.

The order means that people should not leave their home unless it is absolutely necessary.

For example, grocery shopping or someone who works an essential job.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26th, there are 95 cases of Covid-19 in the state of Hawaii.

Here’s what you can and can’t do while the order is in place.

What does the order actually say?

Under the terms of the order, all non-essential businesses should close. Additionally, all gatherings outside a single household, both private and public, are prohibited. Those who violate the order can be fined up to $5,000.

What you can do during the stay at home order

  • You are allowed to leave your home to get medicine or anything directly involving the health and safety of anyone in your household, including pets.
  • You can go to the grocery store
  • If you practice social distancing and stay at least six feet apart from other people, you are allowed outdoors for exercise.


  • DOE schools to remain closed through April 30
  • Several high school proms canceled
  • UH moves to online classes
  • UH cancels graduation ceremonies for all campuses


  • Thursday, March 26th, a mandatory 14-day quarantine went into effect for anyone traveling into the state.
  • Several airlines have reduced flights

What is considered essential?

  • Healthcare services (Clinics, Hospitals, Pharmacies, etc.)
  • Grocery Stores
  • Hardware and Supply Stores
  • Financial Institutions
  • Critical Trades (Electricians, Plumbers, etc.)
  • Mail and delivery services
  • Garbage collection
  • Restaurants (Take-out only or Curbside pick-up)
  • Transportation (Bus, Uber, Gas, etc.)
  • Home-Based Care and Services
  • Hotels and Airport

What is considered non-essential?

  • Shopping Malls
  • Clothing stores
  • Bars
  • Gyms and recreation centers
  • Movie Theaters
  • Nail and hair salons
  • Museums
  • Bowling alleys
  • Sporting and concert venues
  • Parks (Park comfort stations to reopen and water to be restored to the showers)

For additional information regarding the stay-at-home order, call the city hotline at 768-CITY (2489). 

Inquiries on the Mayor’s Emergency Order can also be submitted via email at

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