The County of Hawaii on Friday ordered vacation rentals, bed-and-breakfasts and time shares to cease operations and advertising during the period specified in Governor Ige’s emergency proclamations.

The order from Mayor Harry Kim goes into effect Monday and runs through April 30 or until Kim changes the rule.

Mayor Harry Kim makes a point to joint WAM Finance Committees about budget issues.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim at a legislative hearing at the Capitol in 2019. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hotels and motels used for lodging and delivering or carry-out food services were previously identified under Ige’s order as essential businesses.

“The bed and breakfasts, short-term rentals and time-shares are spread out throughout the island, with many of them within residential communities, and many of their occupants, who are visitors, possibly not complying with the Governor’s Proclamations to self-quarantine for fourteen days at their place of stay,” Kim’s rule states.

Current occupants of the targeted facilities may stay until the end of the pre-booked period.

But violators could be subject to fines of up to $5,000, or imprisonment of up to one year, or both.

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