Under Kauai Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami's Emergency Rule #19, enacted on October 20, 2020:

All persons five years of age or older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, whether indoors or outdoors, in any setting in which they are in close contact (within 6 feet) of people who don’t live in their immediate household.

Face coverings must be worn by employees, customers, and visitors at all times inside any establishment in which close contact may occur, except:

1. While consuming food or beverage

2. When requested to verify identity by a bank or other institution

3. While interacting with a person who is hearing impaired that may rely on lip-reading to communicate

4. While engaged in outdoor exercise

5. Individuals incapable of wearing a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.

[Medical exemptions must be issued by a licensed medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), or physician assistant (PA). Medical exceptions should not specify the medical condition that precludes wearing of face coverings. Individuals must be able to present evidence of a medical exception when asked for it by law enforcement.]

A “face covering” means a tightly woven fabric without holes that covers the nose and mouth secured to the head with either ties or straps, or simply wrapped and tied around the face. It can be made of a variety of fabrics such as cotton, silk, or linen. A face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as handkerchiefs, scarfs, or shirts.

Purpose: The County of Kaua‘i continues to recognize the presence of COVID-19 in our community. Physical distancing and other preventive measures remain necessary to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A spike in infections could overwhelm our healthcare system, as the island’s capacity to provide emergency and hospital services is limited.

Mahalo for your kokua to keep our community safe!