Regardless of determined requests for a quiet Labor Day weekend, the Hawaiian authorities are breaking apart a number of events
HONOLULU (KHON2) – En route to Labor Day weekend, state and county leaders urged law enforcement to find anyone who violates emergency ordinances.
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By order of Honolulu, gatherings are limited to 25 outside and 10 inside.
On Saturday night, Honolulu police were seen breaking up major events.
The Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers and law enforcement worked together and followed up on tips from the public.
“There were several functions that went on of course, the parties and raves go on regardless of mandate,” explained Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers.
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“Now the trend is to go to these private nightclubs,” he continued.
“People still can’t handle Kuleana, that’s responsibility. You like to go out [and party]? Then you’re selfish because you’re not thinking about the next person, ”Hewett continued. “We’re trying to control this thing as best we can.”
According to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) arrest records, no one was arrested on Saturday, September 4th for violating emergency rules or orders.
“When people see you mean business, they get serious, too,” he said.
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Maui Police said no quotes were given on Saturday, and Hawaii County said there were no tents or canopies on the beaches and that everyone was following the 10-person rule and no quotes were given.
KHON2 is still waiting to hear from the Kauai police and see how many quotes have been issued by HPD.
On Sunday, September 5th, the beaches of Oahu filled with tents.
Although health officials encouraged people to be outside, some say 25 people in a group are difficult to enforce and the virus has a chance to spread.
“People can just have two parties and 25 side by side and then one more,” explained Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
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Health officials warned of the grave situation in hospitals throughout the week, with a doctor telling Honolulu City Council on Thursday Sept. 2 that his colleagues are discussing whether and when to put patients on ventilators, life support and / or beds Intensive care unit.
“In my career, I never thought I’d be in a place where I would have to make that decision,” said Dr. Julius Pham, COVID-19 Chairman of Queen’s Medical Center. “Thinking about having three or five patients and deciding which of those patients has the least chance of survival and taking that patient off life support … but there we are.”
Lt. Gov. Green, who is currently working in his emergency room on the island of Hawaii, said he recommended a safer home order this weekend as a result.
“I strongly recommended that we have a safer order at home to avoid such questions, because that would be disastrous, it’s not something we should ever allow,” he said. “And there was no need to host events, picnics and barbecues on Labor Day weekend. It’s an unnecessary risk that can increase the possibility that we will have to do that. “
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With 433 people currently being hospitalized, he fears that there could be a further increase.
“The 72-hour holiday weekend could very well be like July 4th and create a lot of cases and a great spreader experience for the next four to six weeks.”
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He asks people to have a quiet day of work Sunday evening and Monday.