The Governor of Hawaii has issued an executive order that will raise a series of COVID-19 restrictions later this month.
According to the official, indoor bars, restaurants and gyms in counties where customers must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to be admitted may operate at full capacity.
As of November 12, these bans will no longer apply to outside services in the same locations.
Hawaii demonstrated strong leadership, able to impose strict coronavirus restrictions when the state needed them. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
At a press conference, the governor said his proactive vaccination campaign had done much to reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths to a level that would ease the restrictions.
To date, more than 60 percent of Hawaiians have been fully immunized.
Addressing citizens, the governor said that “vaccination is the most widespread and important mitigation measure during this pandemic that each of us can take personal steps to implement.”
The government announced that the continuation of the restrictions will be based on the daily infection rate, which currently stands at 121 on average.
In order to encourage more people to get vaccinated, the governor promised that if that number drops below 100 and stays there, he would consider the removal of the inner mask mandatory.
According to the media, he plans to reduce or lift most restrictions by Christmas in order to attract more tourists to the islands, without jeopardizing the progress they have already made.
However, other local politicians are not willing to wait that long for tourists to return.
According to HawaiiNewsNow.com, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi stepped forward with easing restrictions on November 3rd.
Although it doesn’t exactly have the state’s approval, it has pledged to require event and party goers to be fully vaccinated, the only exception being children under 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine.
“We are going in a different direction,” said Blangiardi. “The state understands this and we take full responsibility in the city and county. It is an acceptable new standard. Our public health is the priority, but the time has come for us to move forward. ”