In a highly anticipated news conference held on Tuesday, May 25th, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced that masks are no longer required outdoors as the number of COVID-19 vases have declined as more people receive their vaccinations. HOWEVER, the indoor mask mandate still applies and will be strictly enforced, wether vaccinated or not. Those in large groups outdoors are still encouraged to wear masks.
Visitors to Hawaii still must remember, including those who have been vaccinated, are REQUIRED to test negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival or quarantine for 10-days
Although the outdoor mask mandate has been lifted, the virus is still circulating throughout the community and unvaccinated people remain vulnerable. Precautions for indoor settings and large groups must remain in place until more people can be vaccinated.
According to Gov. Ige, 57% of Hawaii’s population has received at least one dose of vaccine while just under 50% of the population have been fully vaccinated.
Hawaii’s Safe Travels program expects its next round of expansion to proceed in June. The next Safe Travels software update will be able to access to state vaccination records which will allow people vaccinated in Hawaii to be exempted from testing or quarantine mandates.
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