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Restaurants, Fitness Centers Allowed to Re-open June 1st.

As Kauai enters phase two of COVID-19 restrictions on June 1st, the County’s Emergency Rules, governing public spaces and businesses are allowing restaurants and other activities to re-open under strict guidelines, through Emergency Rule #11. Previously, Emergency Rule #10, as part of phase 1, provided for the opening of public and private pools,  places of worship, outdoor based tours, salons and barber shops. Retail shops and stores are also allowed to be open. Physical distancing and use of masks remain highly important.

Mayor’s Emergency Rule #11 In accordance with Governor David Y. Ige’s Eighth Supplemental Proclamation, and Exhibit G the “State Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience,” the businesses, operations, or activities (“operations”) specified in this rule are permitted to re-open June 1, 2020. These operations are subject to all restrictions and physical distancing requirements found within the Eighth Supplemental Proclamation, State Department of Health Reopening Hawai‘i Safe Practices, and CDC industry guidelines. Each business, operation, or activity shall determine the maximum number of individuals that may be accommodated while maintaining the specified separation distance and limit occupancy accordingly.

The following high risk operations may reopen provided they act with care:

• Businesses & Operations

• Indoor exercise facilities x Gyms, fitness centers, and recreation facilities

• Outdoor spaces x Playgrounds x Skateparks x Pavilions x Parks x

• Organized outdoor team sports

• Personal services x Spas

• Restaurants x Dine-In, provided the Phase 2 requirements in the “State Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience, Guidance for Reopening Food Services Sector” are strictly followed

• Musicians and bands may perform in restaurants, as long as, the individuals who are performing maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from all restaurant patrons and staff, and physically distance from fellow performers by at least 6 feet. It is recommended that performers be outdoors if possible and that performers who can do so, wear masks.

Effective June 1, 2020, subject to modification.

Resorts and Kauai Food Bank Feed Furloughed Staff

A number of Kauai’s hotels and condominium resorts are working with the Kauai Independent Food Bank (KIFB) and several other organizations to distribute meals to furloughed workers. Most are laid off until Hawaii re-opens to visitors. On the Royal Coconut Coast, Pono Kai Resort,  The ISO, Mokihana, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach, Kauai Shores, Hilton Garden Inn and Kaha Lani have recently received hundreds of meals. Planned distributions are coming up for Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort, Plantation Hale, Islander on the Beach and Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy.

Each package typically contain rice, cream of mushroom and chicken noodle soups, hamburger, fresh vegetables and other staples some of which has been donated by Sysco Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, formerly known as Hawaiian Flour Mill Food Service.

“The hotel and resort industry has done so much to support the Kauai Food Bank over the years, this is something we can do right now for the large amount of workers who are struggling to make ends meet,” says Kelvin Moniz, Executive Director of the KIFB.

The overwhelming response by resort general managers and working staff is joy in seeing their employees who drive by to pick up food boxes. “We miss you, we love you,” said Sady Riggan, a staff member helping to distribute food at the Hilton.

Pono Kai Resort staff distributes food packages to furloughed workers.

 

Top Ideas for Kauai Giving

Right now Kauai’s highest priority is for its residents, helping out-of-work families make ends meet, feeding the hungry and providing resources to keep everyone safe (and fed) until Kauai can welcome visitors back. If you’re a Kauai fan and want to help support our kama‘aina (local residents) face their challenges, here are two key organizations working continually to serve Kauai folks. Donations are highly appreciated.

The Kauai Independent Food Bank is contributing food to countless community meal distribution projects during this time of COVID-19 restrictions. Kauai’s Food Bank is committed to providing emergency food to vulnerable members of the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those already facing hunger every day. Currently many of Kauai’s residents are laid off or their hours are severely cut back. Learn more about the measures being taken and how you can help. http://www.kauaifoodbank.org or contact Kevin Moniz, Executive Director, kmoniz@kauaifoodbank.org, 808-846-3809.

 

Aloha Later: Kauai’s hotels and condominium resorts have laid off almost all of their staff until Kauai is considered safe enough to welcome visitors.  The Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation is raising funds to go towards relief for furloughed hospitality workers and their families, and also support  initiatives that benefit first responders, as well as other community nonprofits providing critical services during this pandemic.  Purchasing the Aloha Later Ribbon for $20 provides  1 redemption code, which will be sent by mail. The code can be used during a future Hawaii vacation to redeem 1 discount per participating vendor, based on the offer from participating businesses.  Check out Where to Redeem.  Almost 75 resorts, restaurants, activities, car rentals and others are honoring credits, once it’s considered safe to return. Buy your Aloha Later Ribbon by calling 808-234-7245 to speak with a friendly Aloha Later volunteer, receive an immediate coupon code, and confirm your mailing address. They will quickly mail you your ribbon and coupon.

Airline Cancellation and Change Policies

Now is not the time to travel to Hawaii. The governor and county mayors are on board for ultra-tight and prohibitive restrictions to discourage visitors until the threat of COVID-19 spread is in the past. If you’re thinking of coming to Kauai later this year, check out this great resource to look up airline cancellation and change policies. It covers all carriers globally.

Future Booking Policies at Kauai’s East Side Resorts

Now is not the time to travel to Hawaii,  though a number of top properties  on the Royal Coconut Coast have revised their cancellation policies for future bookings after COVID-19 is gone. Many are offering 24 hours advance notice for cancellation or refund of advance payment. Check out the cancellation policies linked at each property, and make plans for later this year, with flexibility. First check, however, with Kauai’s latest COVID-19 advisories and regulations.

 

•  Aqua Aston Islander on the Beach,

• Fern Grotto Inn,

• Hilton Garden Inn at Wailua Bay

• Hotel Coral Reef (email reservations@hotelcoralreefresort.com),

• Kaha Lani Resort,

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, call 808-822-3441

• Kauai Kailani

• Kauai Shores Hotel, call (808) 822-4951

• Plantation Hale Suites

• Pono Kai Resort

* Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort

• The ISO Hotel