HFB COVID-19 UPDATE – GOVERNOR STAY AT HOME ORDER
Aloha HFB Members and Friends of Hawaii Farm Bureau,
Yesterday, Governor David Ige signed a Third Supplementary Proclamation, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 through April 30. The order limits activities outside the home to those deemed essential for daily living and to keep vital services in operation.
To ensure that the state continues to provide essential, core services, there are exemptions in the following categories: Healthcare services, food production and farming, livestock, hunting, gathering, fishing, baking, and other agriculture, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supplies, manufacture, and distribution of products for agriculture, grocery stores and pharmacies, public and private schools, restaurants offering take-out services, hotels and motels, construction, and essential government functions. Agriculture has been identified as an “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” and is exempt from this order. Below are the provisions in the Third Supplementary Proclamation that exempts agriculture and agricultural-related and support services.
THIRD SUPPLEMENTARY PROCLAMATION, PART A. Work in essential businesses or operations
2. Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, pharmacies, licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes establishments that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, supplies for children under the age of five and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, health and essential operation of residences and essential businesses and operations;
3. Food, beverage, cannabis production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, hunting, gathering, fishing, baking, and other agriculture, including marketing, production, cultivation and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed cannabis cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;
15. Supplies for essential businesses and operations. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other essential businesses and operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;
21. Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by essential businesses and operations;
Click here to view the full Third Supplementary Proclamation.
Residents can leave their homes for various needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine and gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, and those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawai‘i, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals and any other related services, and outdoor exercise – including surfing, swimming and walking pets.
Non-compliance would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, or up to one year in jail, or both.
For questions about exemptions, email CovidExemption@hawaii.gov.
Those who would like to volunteer ideas or resources to assist in the response effort should email CovidKokua@hawaii.gov.
Gov. Ige also announced the state is extending tax deadlines for the Hawai‘i 2019 individual and corporate income tax filing and payments. The deadline is extended from April 20 to July 20.
Taxpayers do not need to take any action to participate in the tax relief program. The department is making the necessary system changes to include the new dates. However, taxpayers expecting a refund for tax year 2019 should file as soon as possible.