Hawaii Governor David Ige has approved Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s emergency order requiring individuals on Oahu to both stay at home and work from home for two weeks, according to the Governor’s press office.
The order goes into effect today, August 27, at midnight local time and continues through September 9, 2020.
Violation of the order is punishable with fines of up to $5,000, up to a year in prison, or both.
“We have taken measures in recent weeks to address the surge in COVID cases. Although we’ve seen a leveling off in cases on Oʻahu, they’re still too high and our healthcare system is still at risk. Let’s work together to flatten the curve,” said Gov. Ige.
Exceptions to the order include certain essential activities, and work that provides essential business and government services, or performs essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.
The order is similar to an order that went into effect in March.
Hawaii reported an addition 276 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 7,260 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.