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What are the covid restrictions in Hawaii?

Hawaii has asked that all travelers delay non- essential travel to and around the islands through October 2021. What are the restrictions in place?

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What are the covid restrictions in Hawaii?
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Hawaii began a process of loosening restrictions to travel around the state for its residents in June and based further dropping of covid-19 restrictions for out-of-state travelers based on the vaccination rate in the state. The state still hasn’t reached its final goal of 70 percent but travelers from certain destinations were allowed to come to the Aloha State bypassing the quarantine restrictions if fully vaccinated or by following strict pre-travel testing rules.

Since July, the state has seen its daily new case count tick up at breath-taking speed. Governor David Ige last week urged visitors and residents to delay non-essential travel to and around the state as hospitals are at capacity and all ICU beds are full. What are the restrictions currently in place for Hawaii?

Covid-19 restrictions in Hawaii

The same day Governor Ige requested people limit their travel Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced that the county would suspend all large gatherings for four weeks, including conventions and concerts. The new rule will limit social gathering sizes, both indoors and out, to 10 people. There will be no mingling between members of separate groups under the new emergency rule.

Statewide social gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors and no more than 25 outdoors. Masks are not required outdoors statewide but are highly recommended when in a large group, but restrictions can vary by island.

Face coverings will be required at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, except while eating or drinking. This is the same for all other public indoor settings statewide.

Capacity for all high-risk activities indoors is limited to 50 percent, including bars, restaurants, gyms and other social establishments. Customers must stay seated with parties keeping at least 6 feet apart.

Barring a new order, the statewide restrictions will stay in place until 18 October.

Travel restrictions to Hawaii

Domestic travelers who have been vaccinated can forgo the state’s pre-travel testing and quarantine requirement. Travelers must use the state’s Safe Travels website to upload their CDC-issued vaccination card in addition to having the card with them upon arrival.

Those who aren’t fully vaccinated must still provide a negative covid-19 test result from one of the state's Trusted Testing and Travel Partner, taken no more than 72 hours before the final leg of their trip for entry.