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Hawaii COVID-19 Spikes

Today, Hawaii reported 18 new cases of Covid-19, which is part of a two week trend of rising confirmed cases.  The rise in confirmed cases is being attributed to the “reopening” of the economy and daily activities.   Part and parcel to that is another concerning trend.  As we are emerging from our respective lockdowns, there are daily news reports stating some people are ignoring warnings. They are refusing to wear face masks correctly or at all. Sometimes refusing to follow any social distancing guidelines.  These selfish actions threaten to undo months of hard work and diligence.

Remember, entering private businesses is a privilege, not a right. 

If a business or landowner sets reasonable requests for entry, such as wearing appropriate clothing or wearing a mask during an ongoing pandemic, then those are considered conditions to entry.  They are legal, and absent a legitimate medical condition, your personal opinions and feelings about masks, social distancing, etc. are irrelevant. If you choose to disregard these rules, then there are consequences. It  jeopardizes your safety and those around you. So you can be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest for trespassing for refusing to leave.  Mayor Caldwell has even suggested calling 911 if a customer refuses wearing a mask.

Remember, we are all in this together. So if we work as a community, then we will come out of it stronger and better off.

California: Masks Mandatory

On the same topic, although in California, there were over 4,000 new confirmed cases today, June 18, 2020.  As the daily count has continued to grow recently, Governor Newsom has ordered that face masks must now be worn at all times when you are out in the public.  Stay safe, be smart, wear a mask.   No big deal.

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