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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Eases COVID Rules for Gyms, Bars, Restaurants
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2883 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements

TGI: … A new statewide order that would abolish limits on restaurant, bar and gym capacity will only be applied in counties that require proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for admission.

But vaccination requirements for entry are not currently required on Kaua‘i, and it’s a direction county officials have tried to avoid.

“Unfortunately, we did not have any prior knowledge or discussions with the Governor or his team about this new Executive Order until today (Tuesday),” Mayor Derek Kawakami said in a statement yesterday. “We agree that it’s time for our businesses to operate at larger capacity if they choose, but it should not require another county policy or program.”

Kawakami said he and his administration had “no intention of creating a vaccine or test program for private businesses, because we believe our businesses already know how to operate safely.”…

O‘ahu and Maui counties both require proof of vaccination or recent COVID-19 test results within 48 hours to enter these types of establishments, while Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i islands do not….

HTH: Ige’s latest order won’t impact Big Island 


read … Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements

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News Release from Office of the Governor, Nov 2, 2021

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed an Executive Order No. 21-08 today to address Statewide Limits for Social Gatherings, Restaurants, Bars, Social Establishments, and Gyms.

The Executive Order specifies that indoor activity at restaurants, bars and social establishments must continue to require that patrons remain seated with their party, maintain six feet of distance between groups, do not mingle, and wear masks at all times except when actively eating or drinking.

Under Executive Order 21-08, outdoor activity at restaurants, bars and social establishments is no longer subject to these restrictions.

The Executive Order specifies that the capacity for all indoor high-risk activities, sets indoor capacity at 50%, unless the county implements a policy requiring vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 48 hours, in which case, there is no capacity limit. This includes gyms, as well as bars, restaurants, and social establishments.

The Executive Order is effective Nov. 12, 2021.

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Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules to be revised according to Governor Ige’s Executive Order

News Release from Office of the Mayor, Nov 3, 2021

Governor David Ige’s office has asked Mayor Michael Victorino to amend his recent request to revise Maui County’s emergency public health rules to conform with the Governor’s Executive Order #21-08 announced yesterday, that will go into effect on November 12, 2021.

Restaurants, bars and gyms with requirements for patrons to provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test within 48 hours, may operate up to full capacity. This consent is contingent upon social distancing and mask requirements remaining in place.

Limits on private social gatherings will remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Commercial events with professional management intended for more than 50 participants will require an approved exemption from the Office of the Mayor.

“All county mayors remain in regular contact with the governor’s office and the Hawaii Department of Health to methodically ease restrictions as we enter into the holiday season,” said Mayor Victorino. “Thanks to the community’s support, Maui County’s situation is looking very promising.”

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Impact of State Executive Order 21-08 on Restaurants and Bars in the City and County of Honolulu

News Release from City and County of Honolulu, Nov 4, 2021

HONOLULU – The signing yesterday of Executive Order 21-08 by Governor David Y. Ige has the following impact on the City and County of Honolulu’s Safe Oahu Response Plan requirements for restaurants and bars as of November 12, 2021:

There is no longer any indoor capacity limit. However, the state has ordered that within indoor portions of restaurants and bars there must still be six feet of distancing between tables.

There is no longer any outdoor capacity limit, masking is not required in the outdoor space, and there can be less than six feet of distancing between tables. 

“While I appreciate the Governor recognizing our Safe Access Oahu program, requiring six feet of distancing between indoor tables does not move the needle forward for many of the smaller restaurants and bars,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “O‘ahu has some of the best numbers in the country in terms of case counts, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates and we have the extra security of the Safe Access Oahu program, thus ensuring safer environments. The state’s six-foot distancing requirement between tables still means restaurants and bars cannot possibly operate at full capacity. I will discuss this again with the Governor as it is operationally and financially critical to our small, locally-owned establishments.”

In accordance with the City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order NO. 2021-15, the following remains in effect:

Persons accessing both indoor and outdoor portions of restaurants and bars are subject to the Safe Access Oahu requirements.
For indoor or outdoor restaurants and bars, only sit-down table service is permitted.

State Executive Order 21-08 has no impact on indoor and outdoor seated entertainment, indoor and outdoor interactive events, road races and triathlons, or the last call for alcohol at licensed establishments. 

For more information please visit:

O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit for more information and access to resources. The City’s COVID-19 information call center remains open every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. People can call the (808) 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email:



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