UPDATE: Flower Deliveries Approved for Mother’s Day
In late-afternoon conversations with the mayors, Gov. Ige said it was decided that florists will be able to begin operations on May 1, as long as they can do so in a way that is safe for employees and customers. This requires compliance with the social distancing requirements set forth in Sec. III-D of the 6th Supplemental Proclamation.
During an afternoon press conference, Mayor Victorino said he believed Gov. Ige changed his mind “because there was a lot of public sentiment that asked for it.”
“I mean, what’s Mother’s Day without flowers. It’s almost like Valentine’s Day with no flowers. It’s not a Mother’s Day, and our mothers deserve a lot more than just flowers. I think he saw what he had done, reconsidered and said… now we will allow flower deliveries and take outs as long as there is no interactions,” Mayor Victorino said.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino today sent a letter to Governor David Ige saying he hopes residents will be able to call or go online to place flower deliver orders for Mother’s Day on May 10, 2020.
According to the Mayor, floral deliveries and wholesale of flowers are allowed in Maui County under current Public Health Emergency Rules. However, under the Governor’s Sixth Supplementary Proclamation, county mayors must now seek approval before issuing any emergency rules, orders or proclamations.
“It is especially important that we allow this service during these unprecedented and uncertain times,” Mayor Victorino wrote. “Continuing traditions like buying flowers for our mothers helps us convey appreciation and celebrate at a time when we cannot gather together,” he said.
The letter serves as a formal request for the governor to grant Mayor Victorino’s request to continue floral deliveries and wholesale of flowers in Maui County.
“Similar to other essential services, floral deliveries can incorporate social distancing and safety modifications to protect the health of both customers and employees,” Mayor Victorino wrote.