Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi held a news conference today to discuss the decision to move Oahu to an expanded, modified Level 4 coronavirus restriction.
“We know that the disease is still widespread in society – it has not disappeared,” he said. “The reality, though, is that vaccinations have driven our numbers down, and they have continued to run down while we vaccinate people.”
Vaccinations are key to easing coronavirus rules on Oahu, he said. More than 54% of the state’s population has been vaccinated since Wednesday, according to the latest state health data.
Oahu today registered 33 new confirmed and probable cases, according to state health officials.
“We actually expect to see the number of cases fall here in the following weeks,”
Blangiardi, however, said he does not expect to introduce mandatory vaccination for residents of Oahu who have not yet been vaccinated.
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Honolulu will move into an expanded level 4 of its coronavirus restrictions, which will take effect immediately, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced this morning.
Blangiardi said the city received approval from government David Ige to implement the least restrictive and final level in the city’s four-step system.
The change allows for social gatherings of up to 25 people at outdoor venues, including in parks and beaches, city officials said, but the group size for indoor social gatherings remains at 10 people.
“We continue to make solid progress as a community in our fight against COVID. At this point, vaccinations are the key to easing the restrictions and hopefully ending the level completely, ”Blangiardi said in a press release. “We are in this fight together, and if you have not yet received your vaccination, I strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.”
City officials provided the following list of Tier 4 changes:
>> Outdoor social gatherings allowed with up to 25 people;
>> Indoor social gatherings allowed with up to 10 people;
>> Indoor organized sports are allowed; spectators are allowed up to 33% capacity (provided the Department of Parks and Recreation allows and availability of the facility)
>> Commercial recreational boat allowed without capacity limitation (restaurant / bar rules apply if food / beverage consumption is allowed);
>> Social enterprises such as dance / nightlife / karaoke are allowed up to 50% capacity if all participants are tested or show proof of full vaccination;
>> Outdoor weddings are allowed with up to 200 people;
>> Indoor events such as concerts, meetings and conventions are allowed with a mitigation plan and 50% capacity if all participants are tested or show proof of full vaccination;
>> Outdoor events at venues with defined capacity limits are allowed with a mitigation plan, 33% capacity or 67% capacity, if all participants are tested or show evidence of full vaccination;
>> Outdoor events at venues without defined capacity, but have controlled entry and exit is allowed with a mitigation plan at 30 people per. 1,000 square feet or 60 people per. 1,000 square feet if all participants are tested or show evidence of full vaccination;
>> Arcades are allowed without capacity limitation (restaurant / bar rules apply if food / beverage consumption is allowed);
>> Racing and triathlon allowed with permission, starting group size subject to collection size limit.
For more Tier 4 details, visit the city’s reopening strategy website.
For vaccine information, including providers, visit: oneoahu.org/vaccine.