Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-25 03:44:54 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — Many were looking forward to the state reaching a 70% immunization rate to lift COVID restrictions, but the Delta Variant upset those plans.
At least for now, there is no end to limited visibility.
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Reopening the tier is a past plan.
Oahu has moved away from these indicators and adopted a more flexible system to meet COVID mitigation needs. Currently, Coweye is also separated from Tia.
“The abolition of the tier system shows that the delta variant still acknowledges to be a high level of concern for us,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami of Kauai. “We are considering a variety of indicators. We are very concerned about our medical capabilities, not only here in Kauai, but throughout the state.”
The previous plan was to lift the restriction when Kauai reached a 70% immunization rate.
Governor David Ige also said that a state-wide immunization rate of 70% would have to be met for a full resumption of travel. His office currently says the benchmark should be higher and there is no set threshold at this time.
By default, Kauai complies with state regulations and has a 50% capacity for restaurants, bars and gyms. Indoor social distance and masking remain effective. However, Kawakami was diverted when it came to structured events such as weddings.
Mr. Kawakami said, “At professional-sponsored events, we have a capacity of 40 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, so we have a contact point.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Ross of the Big Island of Hawaii said he would review the restrictions and expect a public announcement later next week.
Maui also examines the level of the current case to determine what will happen next.
“The numbers we’ve seen are a little lower, and the mayor says he’ll consider limits,” said Sandy Buzz, managing director of Maui County. “At this point, I can’t elaborate on what these restrictions look like, but I hope they can be relaxed.”
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Oahu is under Safe Access Oahu, a program that requires vaccination certification in restaurants, gyms and theaters until October 19.
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