Hawaii lifts several COVID-19 pandemic measures
(BIVN) – Restrictions on social institutions end on December 1 and Hawaii counties no longer need to obtain governor approval for changes to the COVID-19 rules.
The state of Hawaii announced this during a press conference on Tuesday. “Hawaii residents have worn their masks and are avoiding large gatherings, even important family events. Most of our residents are vaccinated. We worked together to keep our communities as safe as possible during this pandemic. The state of Hawaii is now ready to move from general state coordination back to the provinces,” said Governor Ige.
Governor Ige said he plans to sign another emergency proclamation on Nov. 29, giving provinces direct responsibility for managing pandemic emergencies in their jurisdictions. The Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency will continue its various support functions and the Hawai’i Department of Health will continue to provide public health guidelines, the governor said.
Also, on December 1, the State will end and executive order issued Nov. 2, regarding state boundaries for social gatherings, restaurants, bars, social institutions and gyms. “The provinces will take appropriate measures for social gatherings, restaurant activities, social establishments and other locations in their own provinces,” a state news release said.
In addition, the renewals for driver license renewals, instructional licenses and replacements will end on November 29.
The state says it will “no longer provide an exemption for critical infrastructure workers from the 10-day travel quarantine,” adding that “exemptions for individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and other exemptions will continue to be considered.”
Some COVID-era policies remain unchanged. They are:
- The Hawai’i Safe Travels Program;
- The mandate for inner masks;
- The vaccination or testing requirements for state and county employees; and
- The vaccination or testing requirements for contractors and visitors to state facilities.
“These steps serve to revitalize our visitor industry at an opportune time, with our state’s vaccination rate among the highest in the country, coupled with the health guarantees for domestic travelers required by Hawaii’s Safe Travels program. said the chairman of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. & CEO John De Fries. “The amended federal restrictions on international arrivals and the continuation of Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate provide additional safeguards.”
“The nature of this emergency was like no other, and it required a level of federal, state and provincial coordination that we have never seen before. I am grateful for the leadership of our mayors and for the collaboration and close working relationship we have. Together with the people of Hawaii we have arrived at this point. But the pandemic is not over yet. We urge residents to remain vigilant as we continue to protect the health and safety of our kamaʻāina, revitalize our economy and strengthen our communities,” Governor Ige said.
The final proclamation, once signed, will run through January 28, 2022, unless terminated or replaced by a separate proclamation.