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Police contacts result in enforcement of Stay at Home order -Week 7

by Thunda

Governor David Ige’s Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated May 5, 2020, Section 1, orders that:

III. Safer at Home Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(b)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻare 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 set forth in Exhibit B attached hereto, and as further designated below or by the Director of 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 homes or place of residence only for the businesses or operations identified in Section III. A of the Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (Proclamation) and/or to engage in permitted activities outside their homes or places of residence described in Section III.B of this Proclamation.

The Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  • 4 Criminal Penalties. (a) Any person violating any of these rules 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.

Hawaiʻi Police Department has continued enforcement of this order when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

During the seventh week spanning (May 6-12, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested 11 persons, and cited 20 persons, (total of 31 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • Kona District:  6 persons arrested, 7 persons cited
  • South Hilo District:  5 persons arrested, 4 persons cited
  • South Kohala District:  5 persons cited
  • Puna District:  4 persons cited

None of the arrests or citations involved visitors violating the 14-day travel self-quarantine.

During this past week:  Other unrelated criminal offenses, which prompted the police response and subsequent arrest of the suspects, involved Robbery, Theft,  Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants (OVUII), Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, Liquor Prohibited, and Obstruction of Government Operations.  Some of the behavior exhibited by violators to whom citations were issued consisted of disregarding repeated warning by police, traffic/motor vehicle offenses, congregating/loitering on/alongside the road or at a park/beach area.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department seventh week combined total enforcement stands at 329 individual offenses (94 arrests, 226 citations issued, and 9 additional cases).

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