GOVERNOR’S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE: GOVERNOR IGE LIFTS MASK REQUIREMENT FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO OCEAN SPORTS COMPETITIONS – Honolulu County and Kaua’i Ordinances Also Approved
Published on May 25, 2021 in Latest news, Press Room, Press Releases
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HONOLULU – Governor David Ige issued an amendment to the 19e emergency proclamation lifting the mask’s mandate for all persons outside, effective immediately
Wearing a mask is always strongly recommended outdoors, in a large group. The mandate of the inner mask remains unchanged.
“The virus is still circulating in our community and unvaccinated people are particularly at risk,” Governor Ige said. “Until more people are vaccinated, we must continue to take precautions indoors and outdoors in large groups for the safety of our loved ones, neighbors and communities.”
Governor Ige also announced that the state will lift the suspension of ocean sports competitions from June 1. This includes, among other things, surfing, canoeing and swimming.
The state will resume issuing permits for ocean activities and counties will issue permits for park use. Permits will be issued with the understanding that health and safety protocols are followed to protect communities, competitors and spectators.
“The public health measures we have implemented for the State of Hawaii, along with the success of our immunization program and the cooperation of our residents across the state, got us to this point. We made these decisions based on the data and advice of our public health officials, ”Governor Ige said.
“Mahalo to Governor Ige and his team for working so closely with mayors to relax emergency rules as we begin to recover from the pandemic,” said Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. “Credit for this progress goes to the people of Hawaii who have looked after each other by following health guidelines and rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated. As a long-time fan of youth sports, I’m especially excited to see the kids be back on their surfboards or in outrigger canoes.
“We are delighted to be making significant progress towards normalcy by allowing ocean sports to resume. They are a staple of our island communities and play a vital role in the health, safety and mental health of our residents. We now know that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in outdoor spaces, where adequate social distancing can be practiced, is low to zero, and we thank the governor for supporting this decision, ”the mayor said. from Hawaii County, Mitch Roth.
In addition, Governor Ige approved the City and County of Honolulu’s request to lift canopy restrictions and allow tournaments in city parks, effective June 1 (Emergency Ordinance No. 2021 -07).
“We are grateful that multi-team sports tournaments like baseball and soccer, canoe regattas and ocean sports competitions are re-authorized and just in time for summer,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “As the community continues to get vaccinated, we believe sports and outdoor activities are safe and we will continue to work with the governor and the state to ease further restrictions. In the meantime, I urge those who haven’t been vaccinated to go get your dose, not just for you, but for our community. “
Governor Ige also approved the updated Kaua’i County Business and Recreation Guidelines tier table. The new graphic adds a level 5 and a level 6, which will further ease restrictions on Kaua’i when Hawai’i reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestones. (Emergency rule n ° 19, modification n ° 3).
“We are grateful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to incorporate our vaccination rate into our COVID response plan because we know that vaccines are the best way for our community to protect themselves from this virus,” said the Mayor Derek Kawakami. “We hope this is a model that could be used statewide to potentially relax other restrictions in the future. Vaccines are safe and effective. I had mine and my family too, and I hope other residents will join us.
Governor Ige plans to make changes to the Safe Travels program in June. The next step would be to provide quarantine exceptions to transpacific travelers vaccinated in Hawaii. Additionally, the state continues to work with third-party verification services and hopes to offer the same quarantine exceptions to vaccinated travelers in other states later this summer.