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Mitchell D. Roth <br />Mayor <br />Lee E. Lord <br />Managing Director <br />Robert H. Command <br />Deputy Managing Director <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603 • Hilo, Hawai'i 96720 • (808) 961-8211 • Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg C • Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444 • Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br />Mayor's COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 15 <br /> <br />Pursuant to the authority vested in me by Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 127A <br />and due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19, 1 hereby adopt and <br />promulgate the following rules which have the force and effect of law. <br /> <br />The following State of Hawaii proclamations related to the COVID-19 emergency <br />authorized by Governor David Ige are relevant to this emergency rule: The Thirteenth <br />Proclamation established a negative test exception to the mandatory self -quarantine <br />requirement for persons entering the State of Hawaii effective October 15, 2020 and <br />suspended certain specified laws; the Fourteenth Proclamation authorized each county <br />to establish a two -test system for transpacific travelers entering the respective counties; <br />the Fifteenth Proclamation established a statewide face covering requirement; the <br />Sixteenth Proclamation modified the requirements for transpacific travel to Hawaii; the <br />Seventeenth Proclamation reduced the mandatory self -quarantine for persons entering <br />the State of Hawaii and for travelers to the counties of Maui, Kauai, Hawaii and <br />Kalawao from 14 days to 10 days; the Eighteenth Proclamation extended the state of <br />emergency and clarified the state of mind required for violation of the proclamation and <br />the requirements for self -quarantine exceptions; the Nineteenth and Twentieth <br />Proclamation which have begun to recognize progress made on managing the crisis <br />and implementing. limiting relaxation of certain restrictions. <br /> <br />Consistent with the forgoing, this Emergency Rule is based upon evidence that <br />COVID-19 continues to endure within this state and county via transpacific and <br />inter -island travel related cases as well as through community spread as reported <br />by the State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and <br />Prevention ("CDC"). This Emergency Rule is also based upon scientific evidence <br />that reinforces the types of best practices and social policies that are most effective <br />at mitigating or preventing the transmission of COVID-19. To date, the number of <br />documented cases of COVID-19 in the State is in excess of 33,834, and there have <br />been at least 492 deaths attributed to this disease in the State. <br />Nevertheless, the revisions provided in this Rule reflect progress made in <br />Hawaii County towards reducing the threat of spread through safe practices. As a