Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Hawaii will begin reopening the economy on Thursday when some neighbor island retail outlets, shopping malls and some other businesses are allowed to reopen per Gov. Ige's announcement on Tuesday but retail sales will not begin on Oahu until May 15. Executive Director of Hawai'i Children's Action Network, Deborah Zysman points out that Ige has made no mention of the state’s struggling child care facilities.
“If workers are called back to their jobs but don’t have child care, they’ll be put in an impossible situation,” Zysman said in a statement. “If businesses reopen, there needs to be a plan to ensure child care providers and their families and kids are safe.”