Maui drops COVID-19 vaccine, test requirements for restaurants, bars and gyms
Maui drops COVID-19 vaccine, test requirements for restaurants, bars and gyms

Maui drops COVID-19 vaccine, test requirements for restaurants, bars and gyms

Evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 or negative test results will no longer be needed for indoor service at Maui County restaurants, bars and gyms, Mayor Michael Victorino announced today.

The removal of those claims will take effect Monday, according to a statement from Victorino’s office.

“With the rapid fall in new COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, we can certainly remove the requirement for proof of vaccination for bars, restaurants and gyms,” Victorino said in a statement. “We have successfully avoided overloading our health capacity, so many thanks to the community and especially the business people who have fought through this whole pandemic. Mahalo for your cooperation.”

Compared to their highs, COVID-19 cases remain relatively low around the state, and today, the state Department of Health reported 485 new cases reported across the state and two more deaths. There are 260 new cases on Oahu, 120 on Hawaii Island, 60 on Maui, 29 on Kauai, 14 from out-of-state residents and one each on Lanai and Molokai.

The state’s indoor mask mandate is still in place, and Victorino said it’s not time to disregard all coronavirus precautions.

“This rule change, and more to come, does not mean we can throw caution to the wind,” Victorino said in his statement. “We recommend that you continue to wear face masks while indoors in public spaces, and to keep physical distance when in groups of people outside your household. COVID-19 is still circulating out there.”


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