Kim opens some businesses and parks: Mayor’s Emergency Rule 4 sets reopening requirements

  • MAYOR HARRY KIM

Mayor Harry Kim on Wednesday issued his fourth rule in the coronavirus emergency, setting requirements for the public and businesses as the county moves slowly toward reopening.

The rule emphasizes that the public must wear masks when outside the home and must maintain at least a 6-foot distance from other people. Surfaces should be regularly sanitized. Shaking hands, hugging, kissing, fist-bumping and elbow-bumping are also prohibited.

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The rule allows the following businesses to reopen, starting immediately: bicycle shop sales and repairs, bookstores, jewelry shops and repairs, pet grooming and boarding, shops that sell exercise apparel and equipment, surf and swimming equipment shop sales and repair, automated service providers that do not require human contact, such as automated car washes and private golf courses can open with appropriate safeguards.

Safeguards include social distancing, masks for employees and customers and providing hand sanitizer.

In addition, real estate services are allowed, provided that open houses and real estate caravans are prohibited and florist shops are allowed for pick-up and delivery services.

Bed and breakfasts, short-term vacation rentals and time-shares must cease operations except for renting to first responders, medical personnel or workers in critical trades.

The Hilo Municipal Golf Course will reopen Monday.

Hilo Bayfront Trails, Kaumana Lani Park, Machado Acres Park, Waiohinu Park, Clarence Lum Wok Park and Walua Trail will be opened on a limited basis for active exercise such as walking, jogging and running.

County parks available from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. for direct access to the ocean, along with restroom facilities: Kahaluu Beach Park, Magic Sands Beach Park, Waiaha Bay Beach Park, Kawaihae Canoe Area, Honolii Beach Park, Kaipalaoa Landing Beach Park, Bayfront Beach Park, Reed’s Bay Beach Park, Liliuokalani Gardens, Richardson Ocean Park, Carlsmith Beach Park and Mahukona Wharf (not including the park section.)

No gathering, sitting, lying or loitering on the beach is allowed under the rule.

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Numerous other county facilities will be open for use of restrooms only.

This story will be updated.

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