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Virtual public meetings to continue as COVID cases increase

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University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents meeting (FILE)

A requirement for public meetings in Hawaiʻi to have an in-person location will be postponed as the state’s COVID case counts reach record highs.

Public government meetings have been held virtually since the pandemic started.

A provision to the state’s Sunshine Law codified the remote meeting requirements – and requires public meetings to have at least one in-person location.

The new provision was signed into law earlier this year and was set to go into effect on Jan. 1.

But the recent upswing in COVID cases has caused Gov. David Ige to sign an emergency proclamation suspending the in-person requirement until at least Feb. 28.

Only the in-person location requirement is affected. All other provisions to the Sunshine Law are set to go into effect.

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