All over the world, people are staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Museums, public parks and gardens (and much more) are closed some indefinitely, some through the end of April at least.
Throughout Hawai`i, preparations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were made in advance of Wednesday, March 25, when County parks closed. Overview photos posted above were taken Tuesday, March 24. One exception is exercise, but social distance should be observed.
Thank you to our County Parks personnel for keeping tables and restrooms disinfected daily and for maintaining the parks. All Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens volunteer days are suspended pending reopening of the gardens.
A message from Hawai`i County Civil Defense on Wednesday, 1 April 2020:
“All must adhere to social distancing and wear protective face mask.
“Your involvement is needed to follow all policies to stop the spread of the virus. Do Call Civil Defense at 935-0031 for any clarification on these matters.
“Coronavirus is no April Fool’s joke, please follow all preventive measures and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet and keep groups less than 10 people.
“Thank you for listening and be well.”
For additional information, here is a link to Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens newsletter for April 2020. Articles and photographs by Ku`ehu Mauga, Amy Nishiura, Walter Imahara, Bill & K.T. Eger.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Visitors who do not observe the 14-day quarantine are subject to arrest, fines, and a trip back to where they came from.