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New Rule Eliminates Kauai Tier System, Keeps COVID Safety Requirements

New Rule Eliminates Kauai Tier System, Keeps COVID Safety Requirements

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has issued a new emergency rule repealing Kauai County’s Tier system restrictions while maintaining guidelines on professionally organized events, reports the County of Kauai.

“Prior to the arrival of the Delta variant, we had hoped to end COVID-19 restrictions once 70% of Hawaii residents were fully vaccinated,” stated Mayor Kawakami. “However, due to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, it is clear that certain restrictions must remain in place.”

Under the mayor’s Emergency Rule 27 signed by Gov. David Ige on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, the County of Kauai will continue to limit professionally organized events to 40 indoors and 100 outdoors. Event organizers wishing to exceed those capacity limits must ensure proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for all participants prior to the event. COVID-19 tests must be taken within 24 hours before the start of the event.

Furthermore, any event over 50 people – whether indoors or outdoors – must submit event information to the Kauai Emergency Management Agency online at Kauai County will continue to observe and enforce state rules on travel, face coverings, social gathering sizes, business capacity limits and other statewide mandates, pursuant to the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation and Executive Order No. 21-05.

As a reminder, any individual violating the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 safety rules is subject to a $250 fine. Businesses and organizers in noncompliance are subject to a $500 fine.

“Organizers of professional events are responsible for knowing and complying with the rules,” said Mayor Kawakami. “These rules help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, allowing all of us to continue daily activities, keep our businesses open, our hospitals running, and our keiki safe.”

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