Mayor Caldwell recommends all events follow CDC guidance, announces closures of City facilities, partial activation of E.O.C.

PRESS RELEASE

MAYOR KIRK CALDWELL

DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE SERVICES

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HOUSING

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND

CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 16, 2020

Press Office: (808) 768-5768

 

Mayor Caldwell recommends all events follow CDC guidance, announces closures of City facilities, partial activation of E.O.C.

 

HONOLULU- Mayor Kirk Caldwell today recommended all events scheduled in the City and County of Honolulu follow current CDC guidance related to large gatherings at least until the end of April. The guidance from the CDC for large events and mass gatherings recommends organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consists of 50 or more people throughout the United States.

 

The City and County of Honolulu will follow the CDC’s most recent large gatherings recommendation of prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more at its City facilities.  Mayor Caldwell recommends that the private sector follow these CDC guidelines in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to their employees and their customers.  The City is also requesting that its employees stay home when sick, and to practice all recommended hand washing and social distancing measures also recommended by the CDC.

 

Again, Mayor Caldwell recommends that all private businesses adhere to the social distancing guidance outlined by the CDC. This includes restaurants and entertainment venues.

 

The City has also initiated a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center.

 

Closure of city facilities, cancellation of events:

 

Royal Hawaiian Band’s public concerts canceled for March and April:

 

In conjunction with the City’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of City employees and those they serve in the City & County of Honolulu, the Royal Hawaiian Band’s public concerts have been canceled effective immediately to April 30.

 

Canceled events include:

Tues, 3/17, 12 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wed, 3/18, 11 a.m. – Ala Moana

Thurs, 3/19, 11 a.m. – Moana Surfrider Hotel

Fri, 3/20, 12 p.m. – ‘Iolani Palace

Sat, 3/21, 11 a.m. – Moana Surfrider Hotel

Sun, 3/22, 2 p.m. – Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand

 

Further concerts will be re-evaluated at a later date.

 

Department of Enterprise Services

 

Under the instruction of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center will cancel all events with an attendance of 50 people or greater, scheduled between March 16 thru April 30.

 

For questions, please call Blaisdell Center at 768-5400.

 

All municipal Golf Courses will remain open.

 

The Honolulu Zoo will remain open.

 

Department of Parks and Recreation:

 

The following DPR programs and events will be cancelled:

 

  • Easter Egg Hunts – Island-wide thru the beginning of April.
  • Archery Tournaments – Island-wide during March and April.
  • Swim Meets – Island-wide during March and April.
  • Lei Day Event – May 1, cancelled due to intensive planning during the month of April.
  • People’s Open Market – cancelled until April 30.

 

Facilities;

 

  • Indoor facilities will be closed until April 30.
  • Hanauma Bay- closed until April 30, due to the fact that all guests must watch a video on protecting the Bay in close proximity of each other.

 

The following facilities will remain open:

 

  • All beach parks
  • All outdoor parks including archery, shooting range, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, and pickleball courts. Also includes baseball, soccer, football, multipurpose and softball fields.
  • Camping sites
  • Picnic sites

 

The Bus and Handivan:

 

Mayor Caldwell recommends riders only utilize The Bus and Handivan for essential travel related to care, food, work and other essential resources. The Bus will continue to operate as scheduled, and will continue cleaning and sanitization of high touch areas.

 

Homeless Population:

 

Kaa‘ahi Facility – Homeless Triage Center

 

The City will be utilizing the Ka‘a‘ahi facility located in ‘Iwilei near the IHS women’s facility, which can accommodate 26 residential units. The State Department of Health has confirmed that they will be in charge of operating the facility and will provide wrap around services using COVID-19 funding.

 

—PAU—

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