Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Tuesday he would like to allow some “low-risk” businesses to resume activity by May 1 with modifications that allow for social distancing.

While he believes opening up everything would be dangerous, Honolulu could reopen car washes, at-home pet grooming and educational tutoring, he said – all businesses that require limited human-to-human contact.

Car dealerships could welcome customers by appointment only, he said. Test drives with staff in the vehicle would not be permitted.

The mayor also wants to allow for real estate services like open houses to occur on an appointment-only basis with no more than three people. In addition, public and private golf courses could restart operations.

To make this happen, Caldwell first needs the blessing of Gov. David Ige. Part of Ige’s latest emergency proclamation requires that mayors get his OK before issuing any new rules or orders. Caldwell said on Tuesday that he will comply with that order.

“No action will be taken without the authority of the governor,” Caldwell said. “If I had the authority, I would probably like to see this happen by May 1.”

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