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Oahu, Maui to enforce stay-at-home order with nighttime curfew over Easter weekend

Chief Ballard

Honolulu, HAWAII — Starting Friday night, both the City and County of Honolulu and Maui County will step up enforcement of the state’s stay-at-home order with a nighttime curfew pilot program through the Easter weekend.

The curfew will extend from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily for both Oahu and Maui.

The curfew means that no one will be allowed to use any mode of transportation ― from vehicles to motorcycles to bikes ― on any roads on Oahu and Maui unless they fall into a limited number of exceptions.

The curfew will be completely lifted Monday morning.

“It is a pilot. We’ll see how it works,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in a news conference Thursday. “Perhaps it won’t have to happen again. Perhaps it will if we don’t see the results we’re hoping for.”

Added Maui Mayor Mike Victorino, “These are difficult times for all of us and we’re doing everything in our power to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will evaluate the effectiveness of this curfew after this weekend and will continue to make policy changes as needed.”

While the nighttime curfew is new for Oahu, Kauai has been under one for weeks.

And a number of counties on the mainland have also turned to nighttime curfews in a push to keep people from going to parties or other gatherings.

In the city’s news conference, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said the majority of residents on Oahu are following the stay-at-home order and only venturing in public for essential activities.

“But there are few that are not following the rules,” she said.

In announcing the curfew, Ballard said police would also continue to step up enforcement of the stay-at-home order, including at beach parks.

Read details at Hawaii News Now