This morning Lt. Gov. Josh Green again reiterated a plea for a 72-hour shutdown (what he’d previously called “stay-at-home”), and which he now just referred to as a “pause.” Will this happen? We don’t know.
“I have recommended a 72 hour pause over the holiday weekend to the Gov and Mayors to ensure that hospitalizations stay at a manageable level. Our hospital teams are already stretched, and we can simply not afford an additional surge from large gatherings. Until we get through this-> mask wearing, washing hands, avoiding group gatherings & staying home if you are sick are critical to keeping hospital numbers within capacity.” – Lt. Gov. Green
This comes just two days after Governor Ige said there was nothing of the kind planned. That statement from the governor came after an abundance of rumors in social media and the press.
There are currently no plans to shut down. — Governor Ige
The announcement followed widespread and obviously unfounded rumors we had seen circulating on Facebook and elsewhere. The governor’s full statement was:
“There have been rumors circulating about a shut down in Hawai’i. I want to clear the record that there are currently no plans to shut down. All posts on social media and being distributed by other means are not true. Official announcements will always come from official channels. Mahalo.” — David Ige.
This again all comes as no surprise, given the mixed messages from the governor and other state officials, including the lieutenant governor, about the current situation. It is confusing, to say the least, to have the state’s two highest-placed officials contradict one another repeatedly.
Shutdown or no shutdown – who are you going to believe?
The situation with Hawaii’s Covid 19 case and hospitalization surge and our ongoing lack of medical resources, of course, remain critical. Unfortunately, however, the message from last week asking visitors to stay home was confusing and mostly did not dissuade their largely already planned and paid-for Hawaii vacations.
The governor never said whether or not any enforcement would happen subsequently or what other plans were on the table, including a shutdown, curfew, quarantine supervision, or pre and post-travel testing mandates for all travelers, among others.
This comes as Hawaii listed 12 new Covid related deaths today and 455 new cases. The Hawaii case count has been lower the last couple of days. Unfortunately, Covid has been going in a dangerous direction here for the past two months. During that time, however, there has been little communication as to what would happen next. And, at the same time, Hawaii officials continue to assert that the visitor portion of Hawaii’s Covid problems represents less than 2%.
Lt. Gov. Green had previously mentioned a Labor Day shutdown.
In now typical contradictory words emanating from the lieutenant governor and the governor, Josh Green yesterday spoke about a possible “72-hour stay-at-home order” over Labor Day weekend. He said that July 4th weekend was terrible for Covid in Hawaii. He is trying to avoid the same thing happening next weekend and said the governor and the mayors would have to consider such a shutdown.
We’ll update you if we learn more.
Updated 9/1/21. 11 am.