COVID-19 Update with Maui Mayor Michael Victorino: April 3, 2020, 8:45 a.m.

April 3, 2020, 9:12 AM HST · Updated April 3, 9:24 AM
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*COVID-19 Update with Maui Mayor Michael Victorino: April 3, 2020, 8:45 a.m.

Maui Mayor Michael Victorino continues to urge the public to comply with the stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines amid news that Molokaʻi reported its first case of COVID-19.

“We have a disinfectant company going in to clean up and try and disinfect both stores that are public and traversed (by) this individual and other family members,” said Mayor Victorino.  “I want people to stay calm, stay home (and) relax.”

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“I’m also trying to arrange that the entire town of Kaunakakai–all the businesses, especially where the public goes all of the time–that we can have the same sanitation company go through and sanitize and disinfect all of the town itself,” said Mayor Victorino.

In the meantime, he’s asking those in the Molokaʻi community to stay home to allow the sanitation workers to clean up,” he said, “It may take us a couple of days, but we are on it.”

“I think we have it handled, but you’ve got to do me this favor–stay away,” said Mayor Victorino.  “Once we get it disinfected and cleaned up, I think you’ll be good to go again.”

Friendly Market Center CEO Kyle Okimoto also added, “We have temporarily closed the market and will sanitize it before reopening. Our family has served the Moloka‘i community for three years and we will continue to support our Moloka‘i ‘ohana and work together to slow the virus from spreading on our island.”

Sen. English said, “Friendly Market Center is the main grocery store on the island, and we are coordinating with the owners to have them reopen as soon as possible to provide this critical service to the community.”

Mayor Victorino also discussed the recent vandalism that occurred at the restroom facilities in West Maui, as well as the social distancing guidelines.  He is urging the public to stay-at-home, refrain from gathering, use face protection, spread out and use common sense.

“My prayer is that you all listen, you all start doing it–and you know what, we can get out of this and still be Maui strong,” he said.

*HI92 FM Maui is owned and operated by Pacific Media Group, which is the same parent company that owns and operates Maui Now. 

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