All State Parks Plus Ocean and Trail Tours Closed

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — With Friday’s announcement that community spread of COVID-19 is likely happening in Hawai’i, the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation has suspended all commercial operator permits until further notice. This covers hundreds of tour operators, surf and SUP schools, sight-seeing, whale-watching, and dinner cruises and any commercial operation operating in state ocean waters. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Many people are not practicing the recommended social distancing protocols, so it’s become necessary for us to take these extraordinary steps to help encourage the six-foot separation between people recommended by experts at the DOH. It is hoped that every commercial permit holder and all local residents and visitors will abide by these closures in the spirit of flattening the spread of the coronavirus.” Many state parks were closed four days ago, but the DLNR Division of State Parks announced this afternoon that it is shuttering all parks, statewide. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has also closed all commercial tours on State trails and wildlife sanctuaries. Any vendors with tours already booked will be refunded.

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