Stay at Home Order

On March 25, 2020, Gov. Ige ordered persons living in Hawaii to stay at home. The order, available here, is effective through April 30, 2020.

Business Interruption

The same order required “[a]ll businesses or operations not identified as federal critical infrastructure sectors at https://www.cisa.gov/identifyingcritical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 or designated by the Director of HIEMA or listed below, must cease . . .” Among the essential businesses permitted to remain operating are certain participants in the financial industry; namely: “[f]inancial institutions, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, including but not limited to payday lenders, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products.”

Further information concerning business interruptions and stay at home requirements is available here.

Court Emergencies

Hawaii has postponed “minor” civil cases until after April 30. The court identified “minor” cases as “small claims cases . . . [r]egular claims cases, including landlord-tenant cases.” Several courthouses have been closed to the public. More information is available here.

Guidance to the Financial Services Industry

As of March 27, no guidance has been issued by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.