Mayor urges Oahu residents to stay home on Halloween


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The City is asking Oahu residents and visitors to focus on their face mask, not their Halloween mask ahead of Saturday’s spooky celebration.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell discussed the City’s latest efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus emphasizing that Halloween could make-or-break Oahu’s efforts toward advancing through the tiers.

“One night of letting your guard down could create a whole bunch of problems for all of us on this island and in the state of Hawaii,” said the Mayor.

The Department of Health reported a 7-day average of 49 cases in the first week of Tier two, with a 2 percent positivity rate. The state’s total case count stands at 14,911 cases and 215 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Cases on the island of Lanai and Hawaii Island have been rapidly rising in recent weeks.

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“Do not go trick-or-treating. Watch a movie, hide candy around the yard, do Zoom, do other things to keep our community safe,” said the Mayor.

On Wednesday, HPD announced it will be ramping up enforcement on Halloween to dissipate large gatherings that violate Mayor Caldwell’s emergency order.

The Mayor also discussed requesting Governor Ige to reconsider implementing a statewide mask mandate which Caldwell hopes will minimize spread and help Oahu with its efforts to move into Tier three.

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