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Reopening Status

Current State of Hawaiʻi Impact Level*

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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. Find out more about the State’s impact levels.

*City & County of Honolulu extended its “Stay-at-Home, Work-at-Home” order for 2 weeks ending September 24, 2020. Visit Oneoahu.org for details of the latest COVID-19 Emergency Order.

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 September 18, 2020.

What are the Impact Levels?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 will be implemented by County and is subject to change.
  • In all cases, businesses and operations must follow applicable CDC, industry and regulatory guidelines related to COVID-19 prior to opening.
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Our Shared Responsibilities

Impact level and impacts to daily life may vary by County.

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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)

Healthcare
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)

Restaurants
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)

Retail
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)

Other
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.