After two consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases in Honolulu County, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced plans of easing up on the stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But the order is extended through May 31st.
For now, parks are being reopened — with limited activities that include running, walking and riding bicycles.
Some welcomed the development.
“Being able to access nature is something that’s very important for our mental health.”
Others were a bit wary.
“I hope people don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. I think people still need to stay home. They still need to protect themselves,” said Tyler Dos Santos-Tam.
Mayor Caldwell said reopening parks is the first step to easing more restrictions – for as long as testing becomes more available to ensure new COVID-19 cases are identified quickly and isolated.
However, if cases start to spike up again, Mayor Caldwell says things have to slow down again – for everyone’s safety.
As of Wednesday — about two-thirds of Hawaii’s 586 coronavirus cases are in Oahu.
And while there have been no new cases in Oahu in the last two days, there were two new COVID-19 fatalities reported, one in Oahu and one in Maui, bringing the state’s total death toll to 12.
For now, Filipino residents think it’s better to stay prudent.
“We see on the mainland there are states that are opening up really soon and I think that’s going to be a bad move.”
“We’ll see based on, based on how things go, if, if things need to be re-tightened or re-loosened.”
Oahu’s three hundred city parks will reopen for exercise beginning Saturday, April 25.