Gov. David Ige added a new incentive for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, announcing that restrictions on social gatherings and restaurants will be eased once 60% of the state’s population is fully inoculated.
State officials also will allow restaurants to serve up to 75% of their capacity, up from the 50% capacity currently permitted.
“As Hawaii’s public health outcomes improve and our economic situation appears to be stabilizing, I am ending several of the emergency provisions that have been in place for over a year,” Ige said in a press release. “By August, I hope the public health situation will allow me to do the same for others.”
He also said travelers from the mainland who can prove they were vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to skip the testing and quarantine protocols on that date, although those who were vaccinated in other U.S. states and territories will have to wait until the 60% target vaccination rate is reached.
If even more residents are vaccinated and the Aloha State reaches a 70% vaccination rate, all COVID-19 related rules will be lifted, including restrictions on gatherings and restaurants, Ige said.
By then, the Department of Health may also establish new, permanent rules for restaurants as it continues its oversight via the DOH Food Safety Branch, officials said.