The memo dated Thursday was in response to a letter from the Senate Special COVID-19 Committee, which asked the AG’s office for a recommendation on having workers carry a document that says they are allowed to travel.
First Deputy Attorney General Dana Viola wrote that a statewide policy would be too burdensome for the public and police and doesn’t appear to be necessary.
Hawaii workers shouldn’t be required to carry documentation proving they are allowed to travel to work, according to the AG’s office.
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“We will touch base with our law enforcement counterparts, but at the moment, it does not appear that documentary verification is required,” Viola said in the memo.
Viola said the AG’s office receives daily updates from the county police departments.
Maui and Kauai counties have said they don’t have the manpower to police stay-at-home orders, according to Viola. Kauai police have also set up checkpoints around the island to enforce a nightly curfew.
The Honolulu Police Department has previously said drivers on Oahu won’t be stopped unless they have committed a traffic violation.
Viola wrote in the memo that workers stopped by police should contact the police department directly.
The entire state is under a stay-at-home order until April 30, meaning travel is only allowed for essential workers and to buy groceries or necessary supplies, go to medical appointments or the bank.
Violation of that order, or any rules made under Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamations, could be met with fines up to $5,000 and a year in jail.
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Blaze Lovell is a reporter for Civil Beat and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was born and raised on Oahu. You can reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @blaze_lovell