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Police contacts result in enforcement of Stay at Home order- Week 1 (Update)

by Thunda

Governor David Ige’s Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated (March 23, 2020), Section 1, orders that:

All Persons in the State Must Stay at Home or in Their Place of Residence Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(a)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻi are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as identified at https://www.cisa.gov/identifyingcritical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 and as further designated below or by the Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA). With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest extent possible. All persons may leave their home or place of residence only for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations identified herein. This order shall take effect on (March 25, 2020) at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on (April 30, 2020).

Sub-section F of the Supplementary Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

F.  Criminal Penalties – Any person who intentionally or knowingly violates any provision set forth in this Section I shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Hawai‘i Police Department has begun enforcement of this order when appropriate, in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service.

During the first week spanning (March 25-31), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested nine persons, cited six persons, and initiated criminal cases against three persons (total of 18 violations), broken down by district as follows:

·     Kona District:  3 persons arrested, 4 persons cited

·     South Hilo District:  2 persons arrested, 2 persons cited

·     Puna District:  2 persons arrested, 1 criminal case initiated

·     Kaʻū District:  1 person arrested, 2 cases initiated

·     South Kohala District:  1 person arrested

Weekly updates of the Hawaiʻi Police enforcement statistics specific to this offense will be posted every Wednesday.

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