Puna Woman Arrested for Emergency Proclamation Violations

On Thursday, 59-year-old Sandra Smart of Keaʻau was contacted by Hawai`i Police Department officers outside of the Keaʻau Post Office and advised to put on a mask to cover her face and mouth which she refused to do.

Smart was subsequently issued a citation for violating Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 11.

On Friday, Police again contacted Smart at the Keaʻau Post Office after observing her standing outside in line without wearing a mask covering her face and mouth. 

Police asked Smart to put on a face-covering which she refused to do. Police then provided her with a sanitized bagged face mask and asked her to wear the mask and she again refused. 

Smart was then arrested and charged for Prohibited Acts Emergency Management, Section 127A-29 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes after she refused to comply with Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 11, which requires that all persons wear non-medical grade face covering while in public settings.

Her total bail was set at $2,000 and she remains in the Hilo Cellblock pending her initial court appearance on Monday.

HPD photo.

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