Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announces relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions for indoor and outdoor events – .

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announces relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions for indoor and outdoor events – .


UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi eases COVID-19 restrictions allowing bars and restaurants to stay open until 2 a.m. effectively immediately, and allowing more people vaccinated at indoor and outdoor events to leave November 3.

The announcement comes as Oahu’s vaccination rate rose to 90% of eligible people with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the city has seen a decrease in hospitalizations, Blangiardi said.

“We are moving cautiously,” Blangiardi said at today’s press conference. “We move forward loving our hearts and caring about our audience, but we move forward. “

“We are going to do it in a very positive way. “

From November 3, restrictions for larger events will be relaxed:

>> Outdoor seated events will allow the full participation of all immunized clients. Masks are mandatory.

>> Indoor seated entertainment venues will allow full participation with everyone vaccinated. Water only. Masks are mandatory.

>> Road races and triathlons will allow an unlimited number of vaccinated participants with staggered departures of 200 people. Masks will not be compulsory.

>> The interactive indoor events will allow a reception capacity of 50% or 150 people maximum with everyone vaccinated. Food and drinks are allowed. Masks are mandatory.

>> The interactive outdoor events will allow a maximum of 500 people with compulsory vaccination. Food and drinks are allowed. Masks are mandatory.

This means that events such as the Honolulu Marathon will be able to resume.

From November 24, restrictions will be further relaxed allowing a maximum of 300 people vaccinated during interactive indoor events with masks. Outdoor interactive events will also be allowed to operate at full capacity, with masks worn and participants must be vaccinated.

Blangiardi explained that while the state agreed with the city administration’s decisions on outdoor events, there was a difference of opinion on indoor events. State health officials believed a more conservative approach would be appropriate, he said.

“I think we’re in one of those conversations where we’ve agreed to disagree, in a professional manner,” Blangiardi said of his conversations with Gov. David Ige.

“We understood the responsibility we could take,” he said. “So it was up to us to play. “

Blangiardi also announced that it will expand the Safe Access Oahu program which requires customers in establishments such as bars, gyms and restaurants to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within the past 48 hours. , until Christmas.

“We think secure access to Oahu has been very effective … it’s boosted, and there’s been research to support that, increased vaccinations, but it’s also boosted activity in restaurants,” he said. he declared.

“We will assess it from there, we will make decisions about the coming new year. “

PREVIOUS COVER

Starting Nov. 3, professionally run indoor and outdoor events will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity with 100% vaccination, according to Blangiardi.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi holds a press conference at the Neal Blaisdell Center to discuss easing COVID-19 restrictions for managed events in Oahu.

Speakers include University of Hawaii Athletic Director David Matlin and Hawai’i Healthcare Association President and CEO Hilton Raethel.

Watch the live video above or on Mayor Blangiardi’s Facebook page.


Editor’s Note: This story is under development and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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