Stay distanced to avoid a mask at beach, county says County mask rules will be updated to align with state orders

Maui sunbathers may get a more even face tan, thanks to Gov. David Ige’s recent statewide proclamation that allows for certain mask exemptions.

Ige on Monday signed his 15th emergency proclamation that clarified mask-wearing is “mandatory” in public on every island, with a handful of exceptions. One exception is “while outdoors when physical distance of 6 feet can be maintained at all times.”

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino confirmed Wednesday that masks are no longer required at beaches if physical distancing is maintained.

“Maui News, thank you for the trick question — you guys try it all the time and I got it,” Victorino said during the county’s afternoon news conference. “What we’re saying is if you can physically distance and not cross paths and not join together, yes, you can go without a mask.”

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