Oʻahu May Reopen Even More by Feb. 25

The island is poised to enter the less restrictive Tier 3 of the city’s reopening strategy, as COVID-19 infection rates are trending down.
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Lanikai Beach, earlier in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic first started. Photo: David Croxford

If all goes well—meaning COVID-19 infection rates continue its downward trend—Oʻahu may move to Tier 3 of the city’s four-tier economic recovery plan. (Honolulu has been in Tier 2 since Oct. 22.)

On Sunday the Hawaiʻi Department of Health reported 68 new infections and one death across the state. If the city can maintain a seven-day average case count between 20 and 49 and a positivity rate between 1% and 2.49%, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blan­giardi said he will consider moving Honolulu to Tier 3 as early as Thursday.

What does that mean?

  • Social gatherings can have up to 10 people, up from five.
  • A group dining at a restaurant can have up to 10 people.
  • Retailers will be able to operate without capacity restrictions, from 50% now.
  • Gyms can have up to 50% capacity (from 25%).
  • Twenty-five people can attend funerals, up from 10.
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