If you’re traveling to Hawaii anytime soon, the Safe Access Oahu takes effect on September 13. The new mandate program will have additional restrictions that will affect your dining and nightlife experience in Honolulu.
By Monday, customers of restaurants and bars will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID19 test. The COVID19 test should’ve been taken within the last 48 hours. Aside from restaurants and bars, this rule will also cover gyms, movie theaters, and museums. However, children below 12 years old don’t have to show a negative COVID19 test.
On top of the new restrictions, restaurants and bars will still have to operate with a 50% indoor capacity. This will ensure social distancing and there will be strictly no mingling between parties. Customers might want to make their reservations in advance given the limited capacity of restaurants.
There is an app that will allow people to upload their vaccination cards. However, this is only available for residents. It means that out-of-state individuals will have to carry their vaccination cards.
Maui Restaurants Will Also Require Proof of Vaccine
Similar to the Safe Access Oahu program, Maui will also require proof of vaccination for customers eating at restaurants. Maui’s program will be in effect on September 15th. However, the unvaccinated or those who can’t show proof of vaccination can still go to restaurants but will only have to sit outside.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said that “Customers will be required to show vaccination, vaccination cards, or some sort of verification”. He added that “And those who don’t have it, if they have outside seating, they’re allowed to sit outside and/or takeout”. Maui has the lowest vaccination rate in Hawaii with a vaccination rate of just 57%.
Safe Access Oahu Lasts At Least Until November 13
The Safe Access Oahu will last at least until November 13th. Governor David Ige said that this program will help push the state’s vaccination campaign. Also, in late August, Governor asked tourists to reschedule trips to Hawaii given the surge.