Aloha AccesSurfers,

As our country, state, and city adapt to understand and control the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we at AccesSurf, along with everyone else, have found ourselves adapting to the changing guidelines. Many of you have been reaching out with questions, especially about when we will resume programs, so we hope to answer some of those questions.

What we know:

  • Stay-at-home Orders: Gov. Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31st. Mayor Caldwell extended the city’s emergency order, with some new permissible activities, until June 30th. We will continue to follow the laws and guidance of our government.

  • Physical Distancing: Even as some regulations are lifted, physical distancing is still required by law. (6ft is about the length of an average shortboard)

  • CDC Recommendations: Only until AFTER phase 3 does our federal government recommend that vulnerable individuals resume activities where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

    • Vulnerable Individuals (defined by CDC):

      1. Elderly individuals. 2. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

How this has affected AccesSurf:

  • Programs Canceled: Since early March we have had to cancel all of our regular programs.

  • Socially Distant: Staying physically distant has kept many of us from socializing with friends and connecting with new people.

How we plan to adapt:

  • Connecting Via the World Wide Web: We will continue to provide social outlets online such as:

    • Virtual AccesSurf Calls (every Tues. at 11am or Weds. at 4pm)

    •  May Move Challenge (see bottom of email for more info)

  • Continue Community Support Efforts: If you or someone you know needs assistance with getting groceries or essential supplies please contact us; we have volunteers all over the island ready to help.

  • Program Changes: As we look forward to when we can run programs again, the staff is vigorously working towards creating new protocol and training for our community.

So when will we get back to programs?

This novel outbreak is still very much present in our day-to-day lives. Researchers continue looking for answers but for now the best weapon we have against it is physical distancing.
It is unknown when we will be able to re-open but please know that we are doing our best to stay informed on current and legitimate information so that we can continue to provide a safe and inclusive environment for our community.

Mahalo for your support!