Religious congregants can gather for spiritual services on Oahu again – with restrictions – starting on Saturday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced on Thursday.

People must maintain a 6-foot distance from each other, unless they are members of the same household. Organizers are also encouraged to limit the number of people attending services in-person to ensure physical distancing can be accomplished, the city said in a news release.

“Gathering together safely, praying together, and taking part in group worship is so important right now, as so many of our residents have been practicing physical distancing for months,” said Caldwell. “Religious services can be a key resource to help many of us get through these tough times since spiritual institutions can play a significant role in our emotional and spiritual well-being. Restoring these in-person interactions will allow people to connect again in a much deeper way.”

A full list of rules and restrictions be found in an amended Exhibit A of the Mayor’s Hooulu i Honolulu, or Restore Honolulu, 2.0 Order below.

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