Governor David Ige extends the eviction ban in Hawaii by 60 days

Residents of the island whose rents and mortgages are overdue have two months before Governor David Ige wants to lift the state eviction ban in early August.

Ige extended the eviction moratorium for another 60 days through its latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation from Monday.

“We will extend the eviction moratorium for another 60 days in the next emergency proclamation, but our intention is to end the eviction moratorium at the end of this proclamation,” Ige told the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Spotlight Hawaii livestream on Monday.

The postponement of the deadlines for driving licenses, state IDs and training permits also expires in August.

“If the current trend continues, I expect both the eviction moratorium and driving license requirements to expire in August,” Ige said in a statement. “We have learned a lot about careful action and I hope these lessons will help us.”

Iges office also announced:

>> If the state reaches a vaccination rate of 60%, social gatherings of 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors will be allowed.

With the same number of people inside and outside, restaurants are likely to have a capacity of up to 75%.

The office of Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Monday that Hawaii could reach a 60% vaccination rate by July 1.

Brooks Baehr, spokesman for the state health department’s COVID-19 response, said Hawaii could reach a 70% vaccination rate by early August as the state continues to vaccinate 50,000 people a week. If the number of vaccinations increases to 60,000 vaccinations per week, Hawaii could reach a vaccination rate of 70% by the end of July, Baehr said.

>> All social distancing restrictions will end once the state hits 70% vaccination rate, although the state health ministry may set new COVID-19 rules.

Incentives for vaccination can be found at higot

“As Hawaii’s public health outcomes appear to be improving and our economy appears to be stabilizing, I am finishing several of the emergency regulations that have been in place for over a year,” Ige said in his statement. “By August, I hope the public health situation will allow me to do the same for others. We can get there if people are educated about their safe and effective vaccination options and choose to inject. Remember – the state postponed the launch of the Safe Travels program from August 15th to October 15th. Although it was a challenge at the time, it was necessary. “

Iges latest declaration of emergency coincides with a resurgence in island tourism.

The governor said that as the economy grew, residents should move away from unemployment and into jobs.

Ige encourages employers to report to the state any job vacancies that have been turned down by those receiving unemployment benefits.

Ige asks them to let us know if they have a job offer that doesn’t tell us … and we can go to those who are still unemployed and tell them that these people have jobs and you really should. ” look at those areas, ”Ige told Spotlight Hawaii. “We want willing and able employees to be able to find employment with the many companies that are looking for new employees.”

Ige also said that “substantial” rental and mortgage relief programs remain available, and encouraged tenants and homeowners struggling to seek mediation for their overdue home payments.

At the same time, the state is looking for frontline jobs such as unemployment insurance, grocery stamps, and Medicaid.

“There are many needs for which the state provides services, for which we need workers to be able to provide the services,” said Ige.

While evictions from Ige have been banned for over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic strangled tourism in Hawaii, renters and those paying mortgages would have to cover their missing payments unless they reach an agreement with their landlords or lenders.

Ige faces a deadline later this month to announce potential bills he wants to veto program cuts, along with opposition to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s funding change and would allow counties to hike hotel taxes – which is loud I’ve already made room rates on the islands some of the highest in the country.

“It is really not the best time to raise taxes in this sector,” said Ige. “We really want to get her back on her feet.”

Allowing counties to increase their temporary lodging taxes “is also really driving people away from licensed and authorized hotels and into illegal vacation rentals,” Ige said. “That makes it much more difficult to manage the visitors that we want to attract.”

However, Ige reiterated that he is in favor of looking at ways to reduce the tourist impact on some of Hawaii’s most popular travel destinations, including potentially limiting visitor numbers.

“We can provide a better experience for residents and visitors alike if we are willing to manage the traffic to these locations,” said Ige.

Possible changes could include traffic management, creating no-parking zones, charging parking fees, or “really limiting the amount of time someone can park in one place,” Ige said. “This is all something that we want to extend to all the areas that have too many visitors.”

Governor David Ige Emergency Proclamation: June 7, 2021 by Honolulu Star Advertiser on Scribd


Sophie Cocke contributed to this report.

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