Hawaii to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions as Delta variant surges

Reuters

Posted at Aug 11 2021 02:57 PM

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige
Photo courtesy of Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige

Hawaii will reimpose COVID-19 restrictions limiting social gatherings to avert straining the state's health care system, Governor David Ige said on Tuesday, as the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a 6-month high.

"I'll be signing an executive order that will limit social gatherings, effective immediately," Ige said in a tweet.

In June, social gatherings were increased to 25 indoors and 75 outdoors statewide but now it will be capped to no more than 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

Hawaii, with more than 60 percent of population fully vaccinated, has witnessed a rise in cases by 168 percent between July 26 and Aug. 8, according to the state's department of health.

The latest guidelines will reduce the indoor capacity for bars, gyms, restaurants, and social establishments to 50 percent, Ige added.

"Counties will review proposals for all professionally sponsored events (bigger than 50 people) and ensure appropriate safe practices will be implemented," the governor said. 

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