Proof of vaccine or negative COVID test required for Oahu restaurants and other businesses

By Hawaii.com Team

UPDATE: September 10, 2021

Proof of vaccine or negative test required at state facilities

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced an executive order stating that government contractors and visitors to state facilities are required to show proof of vaccine or recent negative COVID-19 test result.

The order goes into effect on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Individuals who received their vaccine in Hawaii can use the state’s new SMART Health Card program to create a digital copy of their vaccination card.

The executive order is added onto Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s previously announced Safe Access Oahu program, which requires proof of vaccine or negative test result before entering restaurants and other businesses on Oahu. Details of the Safe Access Oahu program are below.

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced the Safe Access Oahu program, which requires individuals to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48 hours in order to enter restaurants and other establishments on the island.

The program goes into effect September 13, 2021 and is scheduled to last 60 days while city officials collect data and determine the effectiveness of the plan.

Restaurants, bars, gyms, museums and movie theaters are among the businesses the city has identified as being part of the Safe Access Oahu program. Grocery stores and farmer’s markets are not included in the program.

Blangiardi also said the sale of liquor for on-site consumption will be cut off at 10 p.m. The previous cutoff time was midnight.

“I really want this to come off as really more common sense and appeal in what we’re trying to do to combat this Delta variant and where we are with case counts, and really for the sake of the community,” Blangiardi said. “This is our effort to help with community spread, to take the best step possible that we can in places where people like to go.”

Individuals under age 12 who are not eligible for a vaccine can enter restaurants and the other noted establishments as long as they are wearing a face mask, except while eating and drinking.

Blangiardi said he is not in favor of an island-wide lockdown, an idea that Lt. Governor Josh Green floated ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

Businesses that don’t comply with the Safe Access Oahu rules will likely face fines and, Blangiardi said, “ultimately, if we get a lot of problems, we’ll shut them down.”

The City & County of Honolulu has additional details on the Safe Access Oahu program at oneoahu.org/safe-access-oahu. Among those details is the following explanation of what qualifies as proof of vaccination:

Proof of full vaccination means demonstrating that you have completed a vaccination regimen approved by the Hawaii Department of Health in compliance with all requirements of the State’s Safe Travels program through providing:

  • a hard copy of a state-approved vaccination card;
  • a photograph/digital copy of a state-approved vaccination card; or
  • a Hawai‘i state-approved digital/smart device application confirming full vaccination status (including via the Safe Travels program/application).

You must also present identification with the same information as the proof of vaccination.

Blangiardi noted that individuals without proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test may still enter restaurants to pick up food to go, provided they wear a mask.

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