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Here are the COVID-19 rules for gatherings and events on every island in early 2022

Lenarco Velasco gets a COVID-19 PCR test, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
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Lenarco Velasco gets a COVID-19 PCR test, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Last updated Feb. 21, 2022.

Some of Hawaiʻi's mayors made changes to their county COVID rules for social gatherings and events as the omicron variant traveled into 2022. This is how the rules vary from island to island.

City and County of Honolulu

  • Outdoor and indoor events have no capacity limits.
  • Indoor events with more than 1,000 people were previously required to operate at 50% venue capacity. That rule was in place from Jan. 10 to the end of January.
  • Informal social gatherings have no capacity limits.
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is still required for businesses, events or operations that serve food or drink for consumption on the premises — under Safe Access Oʻahu. The city is likely to drop these requirements in early March.
  • Indoor gyms, fitness facilities, exercise activities or high-risk activities are also still subject to Safe Access Oʻahu guidelines.

Maui County

  • As of Feb. 21, COVID documentation requirements have ended for Maui County. Previously, indoor dining and businesses/activities deemed higher risk required proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or a signed letter from a medical professional confirming full recovery from COVID-19 within a specific timeframe. A booster requirement was in effect from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6.
  • Indoor social gatherings are capped at 25 people — up from 10. There is no limit on outdoor gatherings.
  • Indoor commercial events with more than 125 participants — up from 75 — must submit plans to exemption.request@mauicounty.gov

More information can be found at mauinuistrong.info.

Hawaiʻi County

  • Social gathering limits are 10 indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues, and road races remain closed.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is still required in public settings, and 3 feet for schools.
  • Event requests are still required for professional events.

More Hawaiʻi County information can be found here.

Kauaʻi County

  • The social gathering limits remain 40 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • Event organizers/coordinators are 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 kauai.gov/covid-19.


Aspects of the state's Safe Travels program remain in place. Arriving travelers are required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to avoid a 5-day quarantine upon arrival — down from 10 days prior to Jan. 3.

The statewide indoor mask mandate also remains in place.

Find more information on vaccine and testing sites at hawaiicovid19.com.

Sophia McCullough is a digital news producer. Contact her at news@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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