People ignoring beach closures for COVID-19

People are seen gathering at Waikiki beach despite the city's closure of all city-owned parks and beaches on March 19, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

To stop the spread of COVID-19, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued an emergency "stay at home" order for Oʻahu until April 30.

“All individuals living on the island of Oʻahu are ordered to stay at home and work at home except for essential activities,” Caldwell said at a news conference at city hall on Sunday.

The order will go into effect on Monday at 4:30 p.m., though Caldwell said that it is likely that the order will be extended beyond the current end date of April 30.

On the list of what will remain open included "Educational institutions providing distance learning"—meaning that UH campuses will still be operational. 

On March 20, UH officials said in an email that all 10 campuses are closed except to students and employees.

However, UH officials encouraged students, faculty and staff to practice social distancing on campus and to work from home if possible. 

Classes will remain online for the rest of the semester, but essential services such as libraries, resident halls and on-campus dining (takeout only) will remain open for students.

Check out our list of what is open and closed at UH Mānoa. 

City facilities closing due to COVID-19

A notice from the City & County of Honolulu that details closures of city parks and other attractions on March 19, 2020 as the island prepares to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The city defined these as essential activities that are allowed:

  • Errands essential to health and safety of individuals and pets, getting medicine, visiting a health care professional or getting supplies needed to stay at home

  • Shopping for groceries, pet supplies 

  • Outdoor activities that comply with social distancing rules such as: walking, hiking or running (City and state parks are closed) 

  • Work providing essential products or services

  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household

Who are essential workers?

  • Health care professionals

  • Essential infrastructure

  • First responders

Essential businesses:

  • Health care operations and essential infrastructure

  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks and pet supply stores

  • Farming and fishing operations

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services

  • Media (Newspaper, television/broadcast stations, radio stations, etc) 

  • Gas stations, car and bike repair businesses, and towing services

  • Banks and related financial institutions

  • Hardware stores

  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who maintain the safety, sanitation and essential services needed in homes and businesses

  • Businesses that provide mailing, shipping and delivery services

  • Educational institutions

  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and industrial laundry services

  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food for delivery or carry out

  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home

  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with supply

  • Airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers

  • TheBus 

  • Home-based care for seniors, adults or children

  • Residential facilities and shelters

  • Professional services, including legal, accounting, real estate and other services

  • Childcare facilities

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter and other needs for animals

  • Hotel and motels

  • Funeral, mortuary, cremation and related services

  • Building and construction services

  • Critical labor union functions

  • Licensed private detectives, guards and similar agencies

Empty shelves

Goods such as toilet paper and paper towels remain in high demand in supermarkets across the O'ahu.