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New COVID19 Restrictions for B&B and STRH

Friday, April 10, 2020 8:14 AM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


Under Mayor Victorino’s most recent emergency order, B&Bs and Short term rental homes may only accommodate essential workers. Existing guests may finish out their stay, but no new non essential visitor stays may begin. Owners of lodging where passengers arriving at the airport to stay at a short term rental home or bed and breakfast will be subject to the $5000 penalties.

This order is in effect until April 30, unless extended.

The Mayor also indicated that his next move will be to work with car rental agencies to shut rentals down. You can view the county of Maui press conference video here on our facebook page. You can also see the powerpoint slides here.

Mayor Michael Victorino announced in a press release late Thursday: 

A night-time curfew pilot program will start at 11 p.m. Friday night, April 10, for Maui County.

Curfew will be from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The public may not travel outside the home during these hours, unless for urgent medication, medical emergencies or essential business.

This includes motor vehicles and other wheeled means of transportation.

“After reflection on the upcoming holiday weekend and concerns in our community, I have decided to mandate a night-time curfew for at least the next three days,” Mayor Victorino. “These are difficult times for all of us and we’re doing everything in our power to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will evaluate the effectiveness of this curfew after this weekend and will continue to make policy changes as needed.”

Other rule changes effective 11 p.m. Friday, April 10:

  • Only two (2) members of a household may leave home to conduct essential activities, unless other household members absolutely cannot be left home alone (i.e. young children, elderly and persons with disabilities).
  • Businesses are required to limit entrance to two (2) people from one household, unless other household members absolutely must accompany them.
  • Essential businesses with employees that have direct public contact or handle food, shall be required to wear a mask or other face covering. Employers also shall allow employees to voluntarily wear masks or face coverings.
  • Bed and Breakfast homes and Short-Term Rental homes may only operate to provide housing for essential workers.

To see a copy of the Public Health Emergency Rules click Here .

In section B item 22 The Emergency Rules Read:

  • “Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging: and service providers to hotels and motels that provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operations of the hotel and/or motel. The operation of Bed and Breakfast Homes and Short Term Rental Homes is permitted but only for purposes of providing housing to exempt personnel defined in Rule 13 or by approval of the Mayor.”

We also received some further guidance on the subject. These emergency rules go through April 30, 2020. They are primarily intended to stop the flow of incoming visitors, in line with the goal of stopping travel-related coronavirus spread. 

This rule applies to all short term rentals, any rental less than 6 month. 

If you have a current existing reservation that is fine. If you are an owner of the rental you can be there, if you are a new purchaser visiting your rental property is fine. If you have a new long term rental that is ok. 

You may also rent short term to a Hawai’i resident that needs to self-isolate, or any Hawai’i essential workers.


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