H.B. NO.














relating to face coverings.





     SECTION 1.  (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), every person shall wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in a public setting.  Any person not exempted from by subsection (b) and who is found to be in violation of this Act shall be subject to a fine of $          .

     (b) The requirements of subsection (a) shall not apply to:

     (1)  Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities where the wearing of a face covering may pose a health or safety risk to the individual;

     (2)  Children under the age of five;

     (3)  Individuals who are working at a desk or work station and are not actively engaged with other employees, customers, or visitors; provided that the individual's desk or workstation is not located in a common or shared area and physical distancing of at lest six feet is maintained;

     (4)  Individuals who are engaged in eating, drinking, or smoking as permitted by applicable law;

     (5)  Individuals inside private automobiles; provided that the only occupants in the automobile are members of the same household, living unit, or residence;

     (6)  Individuals receiving services allowed under a state or county order, rule, or proclamation that requires access to the individual's nose or mouth;

     (7)  Instances where federal or state health or safety regulations prohibit the wearing of face coverings;

     (8)  Instances where a financial institution's policy, based on security concerns, prohibit the wearing of face coverings;

     (9)  Individuals who are communicating with the hearing impaired while actively communicating, such as through signing or lip reading;

    (10)  First responders, to the extent that wearing face coverings may impair or impede the safety of the first responder in the performance of their duty;

    (11)  Individuals who are outdoors and can maintain a physical distance of six feet from other individuals not of the same household, living unit, or residence at all times; and

    (12)  Any provision of a state or county COVID-19 related order, rule, or proclamation that specifically exempts an individual from the requirement to wear a face covering.

     (c)  Any owner or operator of any business or operation shall refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering unless an exemption under subsection (b) applies.  Business and operations may adopt stricter protocols or requirements related to face coverings and face shields.  Business and operations not enforcing the wearing of face coverings as required by this Act may be subject to penalties under this Act, including fines and mandatory closure.

     (d)  The wearing of face coverings shall serve as a complement to, and not a substitute for, physical distancing and cleanliness.

     (e)  Any seller of face coverings, or materials or supplies to make or manufacture face coverings, shall abide by section 127A-30, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

     (f)  For the purposes of this Act:

     "Face covering" means a tightly woven piece of fabric, without holes, vents, or valves, that is secured around the head with either ties or straps, or simply wrapped and tied around the wearer's nose and mouth.  Face coverings must comply with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as such recommendations may change from time to time.  Face covering does not include a face shield and a face shield shall not be used as a substitute for a face covering for purposes of this Act except where an individual is wearing a face shield in lieu of a face covering because the individual's medical condition or disability means the wearing of a face covering poses a health or safety risk to the individual.

     "Face shield" means a plexiglass or clear plastic shield that is secured to the head at the forehead.

     SECTION 2.  This Act shall not preempt any State or county COVID-19 related order, rule, or proclamation that limits the number or size of a social gathering.

     SECTION 3.  This Act shall not be subject to section 127A‑13, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and may not be amended or suspended except by legislative approval.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval and shall be repealed on December 31, 2021.








Report Title:

Face Coverings; Mandate; Fine



Requires every person to wear a face covering when in a public setting, subject to certain exceptions.  Establishes a fine for failure to wear a face covering.  Sunsets December 31, 2021.




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