VIDEO: Oahu to see renewal of COVID-19 restrictions starting Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said

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The COVID-19 testing program ahead of the state’s highly anticipated trip will be delayed by at least a month and residents of Oahu will not be allowed to congregate in groups of more than five.These are part of new coronavirus restrictions starting Thursday that were announced today by Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Making their announcement at a virtual press conference, Ige and Caldwell failed to impose a full lockdown on the island of Oahu, where cases have been escalating for weeks.

“We have struggled over the past four or five days to figure out whether we are using a scalpel or a hammer to attack the COVID-19 peak on the island of Oahu. But we have chosen the scalpel for now, ”Caldwell said.

“As of tomorrow at midnight for 28 days, there can be no social gatherings inside or outside on the island of Oahu,” Caldwell said. “The condition is that if you can work from home, we want you to work from home.”

The following restrictions will be in place from 12:01 am Thursday, he said:

>> No party of more than five people in a private or public setting.

>> Face coverings required in shopping malls whether the mall is closed or not.

>> For in-person spiritual services, face coverings are mandatory at all times and no singing or wind instruments are permitted.

>> Restaurants are limited to groups of seats not exceeding five people, instead of 10.

>> All social gatherings in offices are prohibited.

Caldwell said outdoor attractions, boating and shopping activities, and water parks will remain open for groups of up to five people.

Beaches, parks, hiking trails and bars remain closed, he added.

Ige had already delayed by a month the proposed program to allow passengers with approved negative COVID-19 tests performed within 72 hours of their trip to Hawaii to bypass the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for them. out-of-state passengers.

The program was seen as the start of the revival of Hawaii’s struggling tourism industry.

Now the program, Ige said this afternoon, will not start until October 1 at the earliest.

“We will continue to monitor conditions here in Hawaii as well as major mainland markets to determine the appropriate start date for the pre-trip testing program,” he said.

Ige added that an announcement on the new start date will give the hospitality industry plenty of notice so they have enough time to recruit staff.

The quarantine program for neighboring islands remains in place, he said.



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