Honolulu is now in Tier 4 of its pandemic reopening plan, allowing for social gatherings of up to 25 people at outdoor venues and up to 10 people inside, Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office announced Friday morning.

And an end to all pandemic restrictions is now on the horizon, the city said.

“We continue to make solid progress as a community in our fight against COVID,” Blangiardi said in a statement. “At this point vaccinations are key to easing restrictions, and hopefully ending the tier system altogether. We are in this fight together, and if you have yet to get your vaccination, I strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible.”

Mayor Rick Blangiardi at the Waikiki Shell.
Mayor Rick Blangiardi says restrictions can be eased further as more people get vaccinated. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Tier 4 is now triggered by a 50% or greater vaccination rate, a seven-day daily average of fewer than 20 cases and a rate of positive tests of less than 1%, according to OneOahu.org. The new rules mark the first time the city is requiring people to show proof of testing or vaccination to participate in certain activities.

And there is now also a Tier 5 that allows for even larger gatherings and kicks in when the vaccination rate hits 60% or more.

When 70% or more of island residents are vaccinated, restrictions will stop altogether, OneOahu.org states.

For now, the Tier 4 rules allow the following:

  • Social gatherings outdoors of up to 25 people.
  • Social gatherings indoors up to 10 people.
  • Indoor organized sports. Spectators are allowed at up to 33% capacity (subject to Department of Parks and Recreation permitting and availability of the facility).
  • Commercial recreational boating without capacity limit (restaurant/bar rules apply if food/beverage consumption is allowed).
  • Social establishments such as dance/nightlife/karaoke up to 50% capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Outdoor weddings with up to 200 people.
  • Indoor events such as concerts, meetings and conventions with a mitigation plan and 50% capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Outdoor events at venues with defined capacity limits with a mitigation plan, 33% capacity or 67% capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Outdoor events at venues without defined capacity but that have controlled ingress and egress with a mitigation plan, at 30 individuals per 1,000 square feet or 60 individuals per 1,000 square feet if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Arcades without a capacity limit. Restaurant/bar rules apply if food/beverage consumption is allowed.
  • Road races and triathlons with a permit. Starting group sizes are subject to the gathering size limit.

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