Oahu eases more restrictions on major events and city gyms as part of ‘cautious’ approach to reopening

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – More restrictions on large indoor and outdoor events are relaxed in Oahu starting Wednesday as part of the city’s “cautious” push towards a full reopening as COVID-19 cases tend to rise to lower.

Indoor entertainment events, such as concerts, are now permitted but must be at half capacity, with a maximum of 500 guests vaccinated. Only water can be served and it is forbidden to mingle with outside groups. Other guidelines include masking and physical distancing requirements and assigned seats.

Also starting Wednesday, outdoor “interactive” events, such as weddings and funerals, may resume with a capacity limit of 150. All participants must be vaccinated and wear masks. Groups are allowed to interact with each other, and food and drinks are allowed.

[Read the city’s new order allowing professionally-organized events]

This week also brings changes and the easing of some restrictions in some city park facilities. Sports and other activities can now take place in city gyms.

The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation began accepting applications for gym use permits on September 27. Prior to this change, these facilities were only approved for what the city calls “passive use”: things like meetings, arts and crafts, or stationary courtyards.

“Active use” activities are now permitted as long as you obtain the appropriate permits from the city. Spectators are allowed for these indoor activities, but it all depends on the capacity limits of each facility.

Spectators, participants, coaches and other event personnel must wear face coverings, and the Safe Access Oahu program guidelines remain in effect, which means proof of vaccination or a negative test result COVID-19 is required.

“We are delighted to continue to reopen more of our facilities as the circumstances of the pandemic improve,” said Laura H. Thielen, Director of DPR.

“This timeline provides a level of transparency and guidance that the public and park staff can follow so that we share an understanding of how park operations will progress and continue to provide respite to our community. We certainly hope that we can continue this trend of reopening the park facilities in an orderly and safe manner. “

On November 1, the authorized use of the meeting, recreation, multi-purpose and martial arts rooms in the city park will also be reopened for physical activities.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is bracing for an influx of permit applications and asking for patience as organizers begin to apply through the online portal.

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