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Here are the COVID-19 rules for social gatherings and events on every island in December 2021

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For the latest changes in this new year, please read the January 2022 version of this article.

Effective Wednesday, under Gov. David Ige's latest emergency proclamation, restaurants, bars and gyms will be allowed to operate at full capacity statewide. However, there are still varying rules among the counties.

City and County of Honolulu

  • Restaurants, bars and gyms will no longer have social distancing requirements.
  • Restrictions on social gatherings are lifted. Before, gatherings were limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Safe Access Oʻahu guidelines are still required for businesses, events or operations that serve food or drink for consumption on the premises.
  • Indoor gyms, fitness facilities, exercise activities or high-risk activities are still subject to Safe Access Oʻahu guidelines, and facial coverings/masks are required.
  • Large events will be allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Facial coverings or masks are still required for operations such as museums, zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens.

A business or event can still choose to operate under the Safe Access Oʻahu program or its own restrictions, even though it's not required.

More information can be found at Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi spoke with HPR's The Conversation about the latest COVID-19 developments — click here to listen.

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City and County of Honolulu
The relaxed capacity restrictions for social gatherings, businesses and more begin Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Maui County

  • Proof of full vaccination, negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or a signed letter from a medical professional confirming full recovery from COVID-19 is still required for patrons dining in or customers of businesses/activities deemed a higher risk.
  • Social gatherings indoors will be capped at 10 people, but there will no longer be a limit for outdoor gatherings.
  • Facial coverings or masks are still required for indoor public settings.
  • Proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical documentation
  • Indoor commercial events with more than 75 participants will still require an exemption, and organizers are encouraged to submit plans early to

More information can be found at

Hawaiʻi County

Social gathering limits are still in place, but at 25 indoors and 100 outdoors.

  • Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues, and road races will remain closed.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is still required in public settings, and 3 feet for schools.
  • Event requests will still be required for gatherings greater than the county restrictions.

More information can be found at Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth shared the latest COVID-19 news with HPR's The Conversation — click here to read or listen to that interview.

Kauaʻi County

  • Social gathering cap has been raised to 40 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • Event organizers/coordinators will no longer have to register event information with the county, but they are still responsible for collecting and maintaining contact information of all attendees. Participants must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken with 24 hours.

More information can be found at Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami shared the latest COVID-19 snapshot with HPR's The Conversation — click here for that interview.


Aspects of the state's Safe Travels program will remain in place. Out-of-state travelers are still required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to avoid a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

The statewide indoor mask mandate also remains in place.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
Derrick Malama is the local anchor of Morning Edition.
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