Mayor Interview: When Will Maui Reopen for Business?
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is providing updates on Pacific Media Group’s network of Maui stations as the County continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the mayor spoke with Ed Kanoi and Charly Espina-Takahama of 99.9 KISS FM on Maui, and shared his thoughts on beach use, outbreak updates and plans for the future.
When asked when Maui will reopen, Mayor Victorino said, “It’s based on health issues as well as timetables… How are we doing as far as the outbreak is concerned? Do we have enough masks… There are some services that have been deemed unessential, that now become essential… we’re looking at all of these different aspects… Overall, I feel it should be in the not-too-distant future.”
“I don’t want to put a time table because it depends on the numbers we get form all the testing we did last week and (the testing) we are going to do this week. Until I feel, and the governor feels, and all of us mayors agree–until we feel that (a) we’re somewhat out of the woods and (b) a reoccurance or relapse is not probable, we can prevent it and that we have the ability to treat if there is an outbreak (and that’s always been our concern)… Do we have enough of all the medical personnel, staff, as well as equipment. And most of us would agree–we do not,” said Mayor Victorino.