Oahu relaxes rules for conferences and weddings

As the number of new Covid-19 cases continues to dissipate, Oahu will roll back restrictions on gatherings and events. 

Effective Nov. 3, outdoor and indoor events, such as concerts and sports competitions, will be able to operate at full capacity, Honolulu mayor Rick Blangiardi said in an Oct. 27 press conference.

Only water can be served at the events and all attendees must show proof of Covid-19 vaccinations and wear masks. Outdoor events were previously limited to 50% capacity while indoor events were capped at 1,000 attendees. 

Restaurants, bars and gyms will still be limited to 50% capacity, and establishments selling liquor can stay open until 2 a.m., starting Nov. 3. They have been obligated to close at midnight.

“We’ve finally come to a long-awaited moment with good news,” Blangiardi said. “We go forward, we go forward carefully, we go forward with love in our hearts and concern for our public, but we go forward. And we’re going to do that in a positive way.”

Starting Nov. 3, interactive events, such as weddings and conferences, are allowed to have up to 150 people indoors and 500 outdoors. The venues can only operate at 50% of their capacity, however, and all attendees must wear masks and show proof of vaccination. The event organizers must submit Covid-19 mitigation plans to the county. Food and beverage service is allowed. 

On Nov. 24, indoor events may host up to 300 people and the limit on outdoor event attendance will be lifted entirely. Children under the age of 12 are allowed to attend the managed events.

In recent weeks, the Covid-19 case count has been trending downward. Cases peaked in August, with the weekly average for daily case count at the end of the month at 893. As of Oct. 26, the average daily case count over the previous seven days was 121.  

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