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Kim reopens most county parks

Mayor Harry Kim on Friday issued a seventh emergency rule that reopens nearly all county parks and recreation facilities.

The parks and recreational areas are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The rule stipulates that park-goers must abide by social distancing directives set forth by Gov. David Ige. Additionally, gatherings of 10 or more, organized sports activities, contact sports, camping or grilling, canopies larger than 10-feet by 10-feet, or use of pavilions or shade structures will not be permitted.

However, the following parks and recreational facilities remain closed to the general public: all community centers and senior centers; all gymnasiums and covered play court facilities and Waiakea Recreation Center; all swimming pools; Hakalau Beach Park (previously closed); Ho‘olulu Complex, excluding the outdoor tennis courts; Kuhio Kalanianaole Park (under construction); Laurence J. Capellas Ball field; Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens (under construction); Shipman Gym and Waiakeawaena Park.

Additionally, the Greenwell Park and Sgt. Rodney J. T. Yano Memorial Hall, Waiakea Uka Park and Stanley Costales Waiakea Uka Gym and Waimea Community Center are closed to the public Monday through Friday for the operation of approved child care programs.

Meanwhile, all rodeo arenas, Hilo Drag Strip and Hilo Skeet Range may open for specific, limited-term uses but a request must be submitted to and approved by the Parks and Recreation director.

Requests for the use of those facilities
require a comprehensive plan to protect the health, safety and well-being of participants, including restrictions on gathering, enforcement of social distancing requirements, strategies for disinfecting and sanitizing common touch surfaces and the preclusion of spectators, according to the county.

County cemeteries remain open for visitation during their standard hours of operation and the Panaewa Equestrian Center remains open only for those who have valid horse stall rental agreements and are actively boarding a horse or storing equipment and supplies there.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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