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Oahu is (finally) poised to move to Tier 3. Here’s what will be allowed.

Retail businesses on Oahu were allowed to begin reopening on Friday, and many did so — with a...
Retail businesses on Oahu were allowed to begin reopening on Friday, and many did so — with a slew of new restrictions. Others waited, still putting together plans to help minimize the risk of coronavirus.(Jonathan Saupe/Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 4:25 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu is slated to transition to the next stage of its tiered reopening strategy Thursday, easing restrictions on gathering sizes, retailers and gyms.

The island has been anxiously awaiting the arriving of Tier 3 for months.

It’s possible because COVID cases have declined and the positivity rate is low.

So what will change in Tier 3? Here’s a look at some of the major differences:

  • Social gatherings can have up to 10 people, up from five.
  • Your party at a restaurant can also have up to 10 people.
  • Retailers will be able to operate without capacity restrictions, from 50% now.
  • Gyms can have up to 50% capacity (from 25%).
  • Twenty-five people can attend funerals, up from 10.

Oahu has been stuck in Tier 2 since October.

In order to enter the next tier, weekly averages must stay between 20-49 cases.

Meanwhile, the city said Tier 3 does not include the reopening of bars and organized sports, including youth sports. But Mayor Rick Blangiardi said that he might loosen more rules in the weeks ahead.

With case averages declining, Lt. Gov. Josh Green is also making a push to resume more normal activities ― and says the state should make in-person graduations a reality this May.

“We’d like to salvage graduation ceremonies this year,” he said. “Our recommendations will revolve around small groups. Families should give lei to their graduate, not other people.”

Green also said that if in-person graduations were to resume, all teachers would have to be vaccinated and events would have to take place outdoors.

For the full list of changes under Tier 3, click here.

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