Hawaii is planning on lifting many of its COVID restrictions starting on Dec. 1, Hawaiian Governor David Ige announced on Tuesday (Nov. 23).
One of the key changes Governor Ige is making is lifting statewide capacity limits at restaurants, social establishments and gyms, leaving it to mayors in each county to establish their own orders.
In Honolulu, Mayor Rick Blangiardi, for instance, is removing the six feet of social distancing between tables, and people will be allowed to mix and mingle with different parties once again.
This will come as good news to the meetings/conventions and weddings sectors.
Governor Ige based his decision on the state's hospitalization and COVID-19 infection rates, which he says has stabalized.
Some protocols under Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program, such as indoor mask mandates, will remain in place.
Governor Ige on Tuesday said about one-third of visitors coming into the islands are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We believe it's important for those transpacific travellers who are not vaccinated and who are not completing a pre-travel test to be subject to quarantine. That's the best thing we can do to keep our communities safe," Ige said.
The governor also reminded citizens that the pandemic isn't over.
"We urge residents to remain vigilant as we continue to protect the health and safety of our kamaʻāina, re-energize our economy and strengthen our communities,” Gov. Ige said in a news release.