Updated: Aug 20, 2021
Last week we went backwards with social gatherings limits due to the increased number of Covid cases around the state.
Just a disclaimer that the time between the writing of these blogs that Hawaii Island event rules may change. Keep up to date on the latest Hawaii County news here: https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/our-county/county-news or the governor's latest press releases here: https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/office-of-the-governor-news-release-governor-ige-sets-additional-vaccination-benchmarks-for-gatherings-restaurants-also-signs-new-proclamation-terminating-some-emergency-provisions/
Recently Governor Ige backtracked on a more relaxed social gathering limit due to the rise in Covid cases in the state. Social gatherings are once again limited to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Bars and restaurants that also cater to the wedding and events industry are once again limited to 50% of the restaurant's or bar's occupancy. For events at a restaurant it is recommended that there be no more than 10 people per grouping and that each group should be 6 ft. apart from each other with no mingling. Mask wearing for indoor events are still required. Masks should be worn for outdoor events in a large group setting.
Events outdoor under a tent is considered indoors if the tent has all sides covered, 3 sides covered, or 2 sides covered. An event under a tent can be considered outdoor if it only has 1 side covered or no side coverings at all.
The county will also review proposals for professionally sponsored events of more than 50 people. Professionally sponsored events are conducted by an establishment or from a wedding or party planning business that takes responsibility for all preventative measures in their submitted/approved safety plan to the county.
There is a possibility that an event could have more attendees than the current social gathering limit. This would require submitting for an exemption at least 30 days before the event date to the county for approval.
This can be done at the following website: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/d5823afc128d4c4baf63565393562794
Each island/county has different restrictions so it's easy to get confused with all the differences in information going around. So we are here to keep educated and pass on the info to you to make sure we are all keeping safe. It is recommended to keep up with the latest CDC rules for guidance on how to keep safe during your event. Thanks to the Hawaii County Civil Defense for working with me and answering my questions to help put this blog together. Feel free to reach out to the helpful people there with any questions you may have on event safety by calling (808) 935-0031.
Keep up to date with the latest Hawaii County Covid regulations and more safety info at https://coronavirus-response-county-of-hawaii-hawaiicountygis.hub.arcgis.com/
The state says they expect it to take 4 - 6 weeks for the Covid cases to drop. Hopefully we get an update then. Till the next blog where we break down the latest event regulations, let's help to keep events and people safe.