While visiting Hawaii late this summer, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was cited for being in a closed park on Oahu.

Officially here to help Hawaii Governor David Y Ige with the testing program during the spike of COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Surgeon General was with an aid and one other person at Kualoa Regional Park on the northeast shore taking pictures. Starting from the parking lot, the group of three walked to the central area taking pictures when an officer stopped them and wrote a citation. Jerome claimed to the citing officer he didn’t know the parks had been closed and he wasn’t allowed to be there. The citation carries a possible fine of up to $5,000 and up to a year in prison. The court date for Adams was set for October 21st to take place over Zoom.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued an emergency order in early August for the parks to be closed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. While people are allowed to cross the parks to access the ocean, they are not allowed to remain in the parks for any activity, including picture-taking. While the order has been in place, Honolulu police have issued over 68,000 citations and made over 450 arrests.

Covid-19 Numbers Have Continued to Rise

In recent weeks, COVID-19 numbers have continued to rise sharply throughout the Hawaiian Islands and especially on Oahu. As tourism reopens to a certain extent and restrictions begin lifting, it will be even more important to adhere to the coronavirus prevention guidelines. Only by adhering to these preventative measures in the upcoming weeks and months can we move forward to the Hawaiian lifestyle of aloha we all love.

Covid-19 Prevention Measures

Good Covid-19 prevention measures include:

  • Wearing a mask in public and when gathering with those outside of your immediate household
  • Staying at least six feet apart
  • Washing hands often
  • Adhering to all closures and quarantine rules
  • Staying home if you’re feeling sick

If you have a COVID-19 outbreak on your property in Hawaii and need COVID-19 disinfection, give us a call. We are always here to help.

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