Current State of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Reopening Impact Level
The State of Hawaiʻi Act with Care impact level anticipates some new COVID-19 cases, which are manageable, along with improved capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, and/or contact tracing.
County Status & Emergency Information
Reopening Strategy Overview
The Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawaiʻi strategy conveys Hawaiʻi’s coordinated, statewide strategy to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. The reopening strategy outlines a phased approach to pivot from the COVID-19 public health emergency to renew and rebuild our communities into a stronger and more resilient Hawaiʻi moving forward. As we will be living with and managing COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, we must remain adaptable and vigilant within our communities.
This page was last updated January 29, 2020.
What are the Impact Levels?
- The State of Hawaiʻi designed the following impact levels to support the safe reopening of businesses and operations following the stay at home, work from home order in place from March 26 to May 6, 2020
- Health, economic, and community-based indicators are considered when progressing through the impact levels
- Impact level may vary by county; view the current impact level status
Stay at Home (Major disruption) – The “Stay at Home” impact level means that COVID-19 cases are surging or increasing, and we risk insufficient testing, hospital, and/or contact tracing capacity.
Safer at Home (Moderate Disruption) – The “Safer at Home” impact level indicates that new COVID-19 cases may occur through controlled community spread, with stressed capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, and/or contact tracing.
Act with Care (Minor Disruption) – The “Act with Care” impact level anticipates some new COVID-19 cases, which are manageable, along with improved capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, and/or contact tracing.
Recovery (Minimal Disruption) – The “Recovery” impact level occurs when new COVID-19 cases indicate sporadic activity and optimized capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, and/or contact tracing.
New Normal (No Disruption) – The “New Normal” impact level means that we have adjusted to living with COVID-19 through a potential combination of effective treatments and containment methods, natural “herd immunity,” and/or vaccines.
How do we move to the next impact level?
• Minimum of 14 days of observation between decision points before moving to the next impact level
• Decisions to be made by the Governor and Mayors, informed by subject matter experts
• Depending on health, economic, and community-based indicators, the Governor and county mayors may consider stricter response measures
• Impact levels and impacts to daily life may vary by county
State Reopening Strategy for Businesses and Operations
- Reopening strategy is implemented by county and is subject to change. Check your county’s emergency information for reopening details.
- In all cases, businesses and operations must follow applicable CDC, industry, and regulatory guidelines related to COVID-19.
Our Shared Responsibilities
- Impact level and impacts to daily life vary by county. Check your county’s emergency information for details.
- At each impact level, residents are encouraged to follow health guidance with regard to Safe Practices and gathering size.
- Increased risk populations are currently defined by CDC as: persons 65 years of age and older; people of all ages with underlying medical conditions (particularly not well controlled), including people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, people with severe obesity, people with diabetes, people with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and people with liver disease; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
Sector Health Guidelines
Sector-specific health guidelines for businesses published at the County, State, and Federal level.
Agriculture & Food Production
State of Hawai’i – Department of Health Guidance for Reopening Food Services Sector (PDF)
Education & Childcare
State of Hawai’i – Department of Human Services Health Guidelines for Child Care Facilities (PDF)
State of Hawai’i – Draft Healthcare Health Guidelines (PDF)
Hospitality & Tourism
Hawai’i Lodging and Tourism Association – Lodging Health Guidelines
Non-Profits and Faith-Based or Community Organizations
State of Hawai’i – Draft Non-profit Health Guidelines (PDF)
Honolulu County – Health Guidelines for Religious Services (PDF – see pages 4 and 6)
Real-Estate and Construction
US Federal Government – Center for Disease Control Construction Health Guidelines
Honolulu County – High Rise Condo Health Guidelines
Honolulu County – Real Estate Service Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 1)
Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) – Sample COVID-19 jobsite policy (PDF)
Hawaiʻi Construction Industry COVID Pledge (PDF)
Hawai’i County – Restaurant Health Guidelines (PDF)
Honolulu County – Restaurant Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 6)
Kaua’i County – Bar and Bar Top Service Health Guidelines (PDF)
National Retail Federation – Guidelines for Reopening Retail Sector (PDF)
Hawai’i County – Retail Health Guidelines (see bottom of page)
Maui County – Retail Health Guidelines (PDF)
Honolulu County – Retail and Repair Business Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 3)
Honolulu County – Automotive Dealership Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 2)
State of Hawaiʻi – Barber and Beauty Operator Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 75)
Honolulu County – Outdoor Sport Facilities Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 3)
Honolulu County – Social Distancing Requirements (PDF)
Honolulu County – Beach Health Guidelines (PDF – see page 5)
For more general reopening guidelines for all businesses, see County Guidelines.