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Mayor re-opens all O‘ahu beaches on May 16 as part of "Restore Honolulu" Order

HONOLULU -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that starting Saturday, May 16, Governor David Ige allowed beaches on Oʻahu to be opened for activities based on approved guidelines issued by the City and County of Honolulu.

Starting May 16, the beach closures in Governor Ige's Seventh Supplemental Proclamation, and any subsequent proclamation, are not applicable to the City and County of Honolulu.

In addition to those activities already allowed (e.g., ocean access and exercise), starting May 16 beaches or sand bars within the City may also be utilized with the following restrictions:

a. All groups are limited to members of the same household or living unit.

b. No group can exceed ten persons.

c. All persons using the beach, who are not part of members of the same household or living unit, shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements, provided that a caregiver may accompany a dependent.

d. The beach or sand area may only be used one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, unless the person is engaged in shore fishing or permitted outdoor exercise.

e. All other State of Hawaiʻi or City restrictions related to COVID-19 must be followed, including, but not limited to, any applicable quarantine restrictions.

Exhibit A of the Hoʻoulu i Honolulu Order 2.0 has been amended to include certain beach activities. The Mayor's Emergency Order No. 2020-12 is attached.

If you have any questions on Mayor Caldwell's Ho‘oulu i Honolulu Order 2.0, as amended, visit the website, to find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you still do not find an answer to your question on the site, O‘ahu residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

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