Need to know: Under Tier 4, nightclubs can reopen and concerts are in the cards
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Friday, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Oahu would be entering Tier 4, easing COVID restrictions across the island effective immediately.
The move to Tier 4 includes significant changes, such as allowing social gatherings of up to 25 people outdoors, giving nightclubs the green light to reopen at 50% capacity if attendees are tested or show proof of vaccination, and providing a framework for large events such as concerts and conventions.
With new rules in place, here are some answers to frequently asked questions to what you can now do:
How many people are allowed in social gatherings?
Under Tier 4, up to 10 people are allowed to gather indoors while up to 25 people are allowed to gather outdoors. Outdoor gatherings include parks, beaches, trails and camping.
Under the previous tier, the limit was 10 people for social gatherings.
What are the changes for nightclubs?
After being closed for most of the pandemic due to health and safety restrictions, social establishments — such as clubs and karaoke bars — can finally reopen at up to 50% capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of vaccination.
When going to bowling alleys, groups of up to 10 people are allowed to gather indoors.
Arcades can also operate without capacity limits under Tier 4, but restaurant and bar rules apply if food or beverages are sold at the business. Under Tier 4, restaurants and bars can seat groups of up to 10 people indoors or groups of 25 outdoors.
Movie theaters can also host up to 10 people in a group indoors and up to 25 people in a group outdoors.
What are the capacity limits for large special events?
Outdoor weddings can now have up to 200 guests, with people in pods of 25.
Indoor events ― including concerts, meetings and conventions ― are allowed with a mitigation plan and 50% capacity if all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
Large events at outdoor venues with defined capacity limits are allowed with a mitigation plan and 33% capacity. If all attendees are tested or show proof of full vaccination, outdoor venues can operate at 67% capacity.
What are the changes for sports?
Indoor organized sports are now allowed with spectators at up to 33% capacity.
Organized outdoor sports are also allowed with spectators, but outdoor sports without a permit can gather with up to 25 people.
Along with the new Tier 4 changes, Blangiardi also outlined a plan for loosened restrictions for Oahu as vaccinations increase.
Detailed rules for businesses under Tier 4 are available by clicking here.
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