On Friday, Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, held a press conference to report good news about the COVID-19 situation on Oahu.
Infection rates have decreased in recent weeks, and vaccination rates have increased, leading to the relaxation of restrictions as it relates to nightlife and large gatherings, which were previously banned in August.
Now, “professionally-managed events” of up to 1,000 people will be allowed on Oahu under certain circumstances.
The new rules are as follows:
- Outdoor seated events, such as sporting events, can be held with up to 1,000 attendees, but venue capacities are still limited to 50%.
- Starting Oct. 20, indoor events will be allowed with up to 500 attendees.
- Other outdoor events, such as weddings or funerals, can also be held starting Oct. 20 with up to 150 people.
- Indoors gatherings, including weddings, are still capped at 10 people.
While these relaxations don’t necessarily impact many visitors, another order issued last week certainly will: Now, bars are allowed to serve alcohol until midnight, whereas previously they were cut off at 10 p.m.
For night owls and entertainment seekers, this is certainly good news to hear. Though establishments are still capped at 50% capacity at this time, the extended hours show a sign of confidence going forward.
“We have a reasonably high level of confidence that we are through the worst of the pandemic and the delta surge,” said Hilton Raethel, President of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
To that, we certainly raise a glass. And if the current trends continue, it seems reasonable that the capacity restrictions on bars and restaurants could be completely lifted when they expire on November 13th.