Gov. David Ige’s office has asked Mayor Michael Victorino to amend his recent request to revise Maui County’s emergency public health rules to comply with Governor’s Order in Council # 21-08 announced yesterday, which will come into effect on November 12, 2021.
Restaurants, bars and gyms requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination and / or a negative COVID test within 48 hours, may operate at full capacity. This consent is conditional on maintaining social distancing and masking requirements.
The limits for private social gatherings will remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Professionally managed commercial events for more than 50 participants will require an exemption approved by the Town Hall.
“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 the holiday season,” said Mayor Victorino. âThanks to the support of the community, the situation in Maui County looks very promising.
Below is the full text of the Governor’s Decree:
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 21-08
(Statewide limits for social gatherings, restaurants, bars, social establishments, and gyms)
WHEREAS on March 4, 2020, I issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency to support ongoing state and county responses to coronavirus disease (COVID-19);
WHEREAS, I subsequently issued several proclamations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including proclamations which, among other things, suspended certain laws to allow states and counties to respond to COVID-19, enforced a self – mandatory quarantine for all people entering the state and traveling between counties, imposed safe practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and instituted a vaccination and testing policy for all state and government employees county;
WHEREAS the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain of SARS-CoV-2, has resulted in an increase in the number of cases worldwide and in the United States of America, and continues to cause significant transmission of the disease in our State ;
WHEREAS the Delta variant has changed the course of the pandemic in our state so that COVID-19 continues to endanger the health, safety and well-being of the people of Hawaii and requires attention, l ‘immediate and serious effort and sacrifice by all citizens of the state to avoid unmanageable strains on our health care system and other catastrophic impacts on the state;
WHEREAS, despite the success of the state’s mitigation and vaccination efforts, based on recent events surrounding the increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the Delta variant, and the strong recommendation from our Department of Health and other experts to help with the ongoing COVID-19 response, statewide limits for social gatherings, as well as additional provisions for restaurants, bars and social establishments remain necessary; and
WHEREAS indoor activity continues to cause significant disease transmission
THEREFORE, I, David Y. Ige, Governor of Hawaii, pursuant to my executive authority under Article V of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Chapter 127A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and any other applicable authority, not hereby ordering, as of November 12, 2021, the following:
I . For statewide implementation and as defined by each county (and in accordance with definitions specified by each county):
a. Social gatherings. Social gatherings inside more than ten people and social gatherings outside of more than twenty-five people are prohibited.
b. Restaurants, bars and social establishments. Restaurants, bars and social establishments will implement the following guidelines for indoor activities only while maintaining the required social gathering sizes set out above and as may be specified by the counties:
- Customers should remain seated with their group.
- A distance of six feet should be maintained between groups.
- No mixing.
- Masks should be worn at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
vs. Professional events. Business events must comply with all state and county ordinances, rules and guidelines regarding operation. Those who organize professional events of more than fifty (50) people, in order to ensure proper safe practices, should notify and consult the appropriate county agency reasonably in advance of the event.
D. Restrictions on interior capacity. For all high-risk activities, indoor capacity is set at 50%, unless the county implements a policy requiring vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 48 hours, in which case it does not. There is no capacity limit. This includes gymnasiums, as well as bars, restaurants and social establishments, which are also subject to section 1 .b. above.
2. The statewide limitations set forth herein will not otherwise affect county COVID-19 policies regarding other categories of activity.
3. All measures set forth herein will be enforced by the counties in accordance with county ordinances, rules and guidelines which identify offenses and penalties for each county.
4. This ordinance replaces any less restrictive ordinances, rules or guidelines of any of the counties to the limited extent necessary to enforce the limitations and restrictions contained herein.
5. Notwithstanding the provisions set forth herein, the mayor of any county may issue more restrictive ordinances, rules or directives.
6. This Interim Order will come into force on November 12, 2021 and will replace Schedule F of the Delta Emergency Proclamation, signed on October 1, 2021, which otherwise remains in effect until November 30, 2021.
Clare E. Connors Attorney General
Done at the State Capitol, Honolulu, State of Hawaii, November 2, 2021.