Hawaii will not reopen to tourism until October at the earliest, said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. This comes as COVID-19 cases in Hawaii surge.
Governor Ige also approved Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s latest emergency orders that returns Oahu to the Act Now Honolulu-No Social Gatherings, from the Act with Care phase to try and flatten the recent surge in COVID-19 cases on the island.
Oahu restrictions now include:
- No indoor or outdoor gatherings for the next 28 days
- No parties larger than 5 people
- Face coverings required at all shopping malls
- Face coverings required at all in-person spiritual services, no singing, no wind instruments
- No groups larger than 5 at restaurants (down from 10)
- Outdoor attractions, recreational and commercial boating-no groups larger than 5
- No social gatherings are permitted in businesses
- Businesses encouraged to reduce employee numbers on-site by encouraging tele-commuting or staggered work schedules.
- No groups larger than 5 at museums and movie theatres
- Bars, beaches, parks, trails, remained closed
Governor Ige, Mayor Caldwell, and Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson all say they feel these modified restrictions will lead to a steady decline in the number of cases on Oahu over the next few weeks.
The latest had Hawaii reopening for out-of-state-visitors on September 1 without a required quarantine, but with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the trip necessary.
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