Governor David Ige stated on Wednesday that the state is taking small steps to reopen more areas of Hawaii’s economy, stressing that work will be “phased in” and perhaps slower than some would hope.
With tourism being the lifeblood of Hawaii’s economy, it might be the most challenging to restart safely.
“Together, with the county mayors, we are looking at ways to scale back mandates in a cautious, safe and coordinated manner,” he said.
A handful of Oahu businesses that have limited interactions with customers were given approval by the governor to reopen Thursday.
Ige said the state has seen six or fewer cases of COVID-19 in the last 10 days and it appears “the curve has been flattened,” prompting the easing of restrictions.
However, he cautioned that a second wave of infection can occur, warning that lifted restrictions might be reinstated if surges in new cases occur. “Until there is a vaccine or a cure, we are not out of the woods,” he said.
By Kristofel Abella
Ka Lā staff writer
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