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Essential Businesses, Essential Employees: Resources to Get Work Done

Hawaii Covid-19 lockdown order

Photo Credit: Hawaii Public Radio

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Ige issued a stay at home, work from home mandateofficially putting Hawaii in a state lockdown. The proclamation, which is effective until April 30, 2020 (or potentially longer), limits all activities to only those that arconsidered essential.

Non-compliance with the proclamation counts as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to one year in jail, or both. 

What does this mean for your Hawaii business?  

If your operations fall under any of the essential categories listed below, your company and your employees can continue to operate under observation of social distancing rules. 

If your business is considered essential under the proclamation, consider providing your staff with a letter or card noting their status as essential employees.

While this is not mandatory, it could potentially prevent your employees from getting fined. Here are some downloadable templates to help you get started. 

List of essential businesses (PDF)

If your business does not fall under any of the essential categories, you might have to temporarily suspend operations or move your staff to remote work 

Additionally, the prior mandate (3/17/2020) by the Governor remains in place, ordering the closure of the following business and activities:

  • Bars and clubs
  • Entertainment (theaters, activities)
  • Hospitality and visitor industry attractions
  • Sit-down dining
  • Worship gatherings (groups of 10+)

The Office of the Governor is answering questions about exemptions at [email protected]. 

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should first consult their attorney, accountant or adviser before acting upon any information in this article.

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