Oahu eases COVID restrictions

By Hawaii.com Team

Hawaii Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced reductions in COVID-related restrictions for the island of Oahu.

The changes allowed bars to begin serving alcohol until midnight — two hours later than previous requirements allowed — starting Friday, October 9, 2021.

Additional changes went into effect Wednesday, October 13, 2021, including increases in the amount of people allowed at outdoor events.

Outdoor events such as concerts can operate at 50% capacity, or a maximum of 1,000 individuals, whichever is less.

Outdoor events such as weddings and funerals will be allowed at 50% capacity or a maximum of 150, whichever is smaller.

Proof of vaccination or recent negative test result, social distancing and masking indoors are still required. All other requirements laid out in the Safe Access Oahu plan remain in place. Social gatherings for all events not specified in Ige and Blangiardi’s announcement will remain capped at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Ige and Blangiardi also announced increases in attendees allowed at upcoming University of Hawaii football and volleyball contests. The UH football team’s next game, on October 23, 2021, will allow 1,000 friends and family, but children will not be allowed. The UH women’s volleyball team can have up to 500 individuals at its home matches, beginning October 20, 2021.

Governor Ige noted that the changes should not be interpreted as an “all clear” for Oahu.

“The pandemic is far from finished,” Ige said. “Many members of our community, our family members, friends and colleagues are still severely ill, still hospitalized, and sadly, some are still dying.”

Additional changes include:

  • Golf tournaments are allowed for fully vaccinated participants.
  • Triathlons and road races are allowed for up to 500 vaccinated participants.

For the latest information on traveling to Hawaii, visit the state’s official COVID-19 website.

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