Honolulu closes city hall after employees contract virus

HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell closed city hall on Monday after several people who work at Honolulu Hale tested positive for COVID-19.

Employees including Caldwell are being tested for the disease. The mayor has entered quarantine at least until he receives his results.

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All city workers have been instructed to work from home until Sept. 6 if possible.

City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson has postponed upcoming council and committee meetings because of the positive tests.

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Satellite city hall offices will remain open only by appointment and with stringent safety protocols. Tax payment collection and other critical business will continue to be conducted at Honolulu Hale with a new check-in system in place.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, 48 people who work for the city have tested positive.

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