Hawaii drops outdoor mask requirement

HONOLULU – Hawaii Governor David Ige said on Tuesday that people will no longer have to wear masks outside as the number of COVID-19 cases drops and more people get vaccinated.

The governor said he would maintain a requirement that people wear masks indoors.

The same rules will apply regardless of whether someone is vaccinated.

Still, the governor said he would encourage those in large groups outside to continue to wear masks.

“The virus is still circulating in our community and unvaccinated people are particularly at risk. And until others are vaccinated, we must continue to take precautions indoors and in large groups because these actions are important in slowing the spread of COVID-19, ”Ige said in a statement. press conference.

It plans to implement the next phase of its Safe Travels program in June once the software is updated, which will allow it to access the state’s vaccination records so that people vaccinated there can be exempted. testing or quarantine requirements after their trip to the mainland.

What about people vaccinated elsewhere?

“We continue to work with third-party providers – verification services – to enable us to verify vaccinations in other states,” Ige said. “And as we move forward, we will incorporate this into our Safe Travels programs. We hope to be able to do that later this summer.”

The governor also said that from June 1 he would allow ocean sports competitions like surfing contests and canoeing races.

Ige said 57% of the people of Hawaii had received at least one dose of the vaccine while just under half of the population had been fully vaccinated.

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