Oahu relaxes its coronavirus-related rules and restrictions

By Hawaii.com Team

Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.com

UPDATE: March 11, 2021
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced modifications to Oahu’s Tier 3 of the city’s four-tier coronavirus and economic recovery plan.

Hawaii Governor David Ige approved the move to Tier 3 on February 25, 2021, and the adjustments Blangiardi revealed two weeks later include the following:

  • Bars are allowed to reopen under the same conditions as restaurants
  • Restrictions are removed on the number of attendees at funerals
  • Businesses are allowed to serve alcohol until midnight
  • Events are now allowed, provided social distancing is maintained
  • Outdoor youth sports can resume on April 12, provided participants wear masks (no spectators are allowed)

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced that Governor David Ige has approved “a really nice relaxation in rules and restrictions” for Oahu residents and visitors who had been dealing with closures and limitations related to curbing the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

Oahu’s move to Tier 3 of its reopening strategy goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021, and with it comes the ability to gather in larger groups and remove limitations on capacity for restaurants, commercial attractions and churches.

The change was brought about after Oahu’s seven-day average of new coronavirus cases stayed below 50 for two straight weeks and its rate of positive test results remained under 2.5%.

“We will officially move to Tier 3, and with that comes a really nice relaxation in rules and restrictions that have been imposed on us all these many months. With that comes a lot of relief,” Blangiardi said this week.

Among the rules associated with Tier 3 are:

  • People are allowed to dine in restaurants in groups of up to 10
  • Restaurants are no longer limited to 50% capacity, provided they maintain 6 feet of social distancing
  • Gyms can operate at up to 50% capacity and indoor fitness classes are allowed with up to 10 people
  • Funeral services can be held with up to 25 attendees

For more information on Oahu’s reopening strategy, visit oneoahu.org/reopening-strategy.

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