Current restrictions on gatherings on Oahu will remain in place for at least another month, Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office announced in a news release on Friday.

The island will remain in Tier 2 of the city and county’s reopening framework through March 15 unless the COVID-19 case numbers and positivity rate decline to a certain threshold. Honolulu has been in Tier 2 since October.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi speaks during a press conference announcing new COVID-19 informational banners that will installed along Kalakaua Avenue. February 11, 2021
Mayor Rick Blangiardi is sticking with the pandemic plan Kirk Caldwell left behind. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

For now, gatherings are still limited to groups no larger than five, regardless of whether people live in the same household. That rule applies to social gatherings, restaurants, indoor fitness classes, outdoor sports, shooting and archery ranges, real estate activities, car dealerships and other commercial activities.

Retail business and spiritual services must operate at 50% capacity. Bars and night clubs will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future.

“While I look forward to working with the Governor and the State Department of Health on ways we can loosen restrictions on certain business sectors and operations, we need to be cognizant of the potential for COVID-19 cases on O‘ahu bumping up following the Super Bowl weekend,” Blangiardi said in a statement.

The mayor said the city’s priority is health and safety and he wants to proceed “in a way that is deliberate and based on science.”

“Successfully minimizing the spread of this virus during occasions like Super Bowl weekend, Valentine’s Day, and beyond, is the key to getting more of O‘ahu back to work, school, and back in the community activities we desperately need,” he said.

The City’s COVID-19 information call center is available at 768-CITY (2489) and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. Information about the city’s pandemic response is available at oneoahu.org and by emailing covidresponse@honolulu.gov.

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