(BIVN) – Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth signed the COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 19 on Tuesday, easing various COVID-19 restrictions throughout the Big Island.
According to the County:
The relaxed restrictions include, but aren’t limited to, an increase in gathering sizes, both in and outdoors, expanded capacity of restaurants, bars, and barbershops, and an increase in capacity of indoor and outdoor recreational areas, pending approved COVID-19 mitigation measures for all events or activities with the potential to generate gatherings over the permitted maximum number of persons allowed. Facemasks will continue to be mandated in indoor gathering settings and are strongly encouraged outdoors in large groups. Special event requests will still be required for gatherings larger than the allowed limits, indoors and out.
On November 29, Governor David ige signed a new Emergency Proclamation Related to COVID-19, allowing the counties to instate and enforce their own emergency rules without his concurrence. The County noted that this is “the first time the counties have been granted the ability to do so since the Roth Administration took office last December.”
“Moving forward, each county will need the ability to quickly adapt to the needs of their individual communities as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and on to a new and better normal,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “We have seen the unique needs of our island home over the past year, and we are confident that by continuing to work together, hand-in-hand, while sticking to what we know works, we will be able to keep our island safe while restoring our economy and getting people back to the activities that they love most. That said, we are grateful to Governor Ige for acknowledging our needs and granting us the opportunity to pivot as necessary.”
There were only two new cases of COVID-19 reported on the Big Island on Tuesday.
“There is still much uncertainty in how the virus will continue to mutate, and we encourage all our residents not to let their guard down,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “So long as everyone follows the rules and remains mindful of their neighbors, we will be able to continue easing restrictions and reopen with a measured approach. Vaccines remain our best defense against COVID-19, and we ask that everyone who hasn’t gotten their vaccine or booster, but would like to, do so as soon as possible.”
by Big Island Video News
HAWAIʻI ISLAND - The new emergency rules come on the heels of the latest State proclamation, signed November 29, which allows the counties to enact their own emergency rules.