“We didn’t want to repeat what we did the first time we rushed to the finish line, opening almost everything in the first three months,” Caldwell said, “and we see it more as a marathon. . ”
Unfortunately, he said, living with the virus is a new reality that residents of Oahu will have to live with until a vaccine is available and enough people can be vaccinated, which is not until next year.
On Thursday, parks, beaches, and trails will be open for use by groups of up to five people for exercise, reading, sunbathing, picnics, and other legal activities. In the previous order, effective September 10, parks, beaches and trails were for solo use and activities by one person.
Under the new plan, retail outlets, bowling alleys and cinemas will be allowed to open, but at a capacity of only 50%. Bars, nightclubs, massage services and tattoo parlors will remain closed.
Bowling alleys and water parks will be able to reopen, but with only five per group. Hair salons and nail salons can reopen with modifications, while gyms can only open outdoors.
Restaurants will be allowed to reopen for catering services, but will only be able to allow groups of five people from the same household per table, and tables must be spaced at least five feet apart.
Restaurants that allow diners to dine should also require reservations and track each person’s names and addresses for easy contact tracing. Masks must be worn at all times, except for eating and drinking, and alcohol cannot be sold, served or consumed in restaurants after 10 p.m.
The new framework also introduces a requirement for a city permit to use awning-type structures in city parks.
“I have to say, we believe this plan is transparent… within its framework,” Caldwell said. “And he’s conservative in his approach.
“It’s easy to back down. So if the cases go up, we go backwards. If the cases are reduced, we continue to move forward.
Caldwell admitted that the state’s health department had not recommended the reopening of Level 1 restaurants due to transmission risks, but decided to do so in order to save jobs and businesses.
The new TOWN framework is based on increased knowledge of disease transmission, vulnerability, risk factors, community compliance, he said, and aims to communicate clear benchmarks.
Caldwell said the new framework – which was developed over many hours in consultation with doctors and the business community – received verbal approval from Governor David Ige.
The framework includes four levels, each based on the level of community spread of COVID-19 in Honolulu, as determined by two specific criteria: the number of daily cases reported, using 7-day averages over periods of two to four weeks; and the positivity rate, using 7-day averages over periods of two or four weeks.
The four levels include:
>> Level 1 (over 100 average daily cases, over 5% positivity): Representing a high level of community spread that tests the limits of the public health system to test, find contacts and isolate / quarantine; and strain the health care system.
>> Level 2 (50-100 mean daily cases, 2.5-5% positivity): Represents a level of community spread that is substantial, but still allows the public health system to test, trace contacts and ” isolate / quarantine adequately; and does not overload the health system.
>> Level 3 (20 to 49 mean daily cases, 1 to 2.4% positivity): representing a moderate level of community spread that allows the public health system to fully test, track contacts, and isolate / isolate quarantine; and does not overload the health system.
>> Level 4 (less than 20 average daily cases, less than 1% positivity): Represents a low level of community spread that is easily managed by the public health system and the health care system.
When the new order goes into effect Thursday, Caldwell said the city will start at Level 1 for at least four consecutive weeks. He said the city must also record at least two consecutive weeks of data that meets the criteria to move to Level 2 before any changes.
Once these thresholds have been reached, the city will issue a new order within three days of the move to level 2.
Watch the briefing via the video above or head over to Caldwell’s Facebook page.
Honolulu City and County Reopening Frame and Matrix – 09/22/2020 by Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Scribd