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Hawaii Will Keep Mask Mandate Despite New CDC Guidelines

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Hawaii Will Keep Mask Mandate

Hawaii Will Keep Mask Mandate Despite New CDC Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of Covid-19 measures on Friday. That means that most Americans are now in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under the new guidelines.

The new system greatly changes the look of the CDC’s risk map and puts more than 70% of the U.S. population in counties where the Covid-19 poses a low or medium threat to hospitals. Those are the people who can stop wearing masks, the agency said.

But Hawaii will not be one of those places. Gov. David Ige said that the state will not be following the new CDC guidance on masks and will keep its indoor mask requirement in place, at least for now.

“Hawaii will keep the indoor mask mandate for now, he said. “We are watching disease activity across the state and globally, especially as other changes are made to current programs across the U.S. and at the county level. We will adjust accordingly.”

That would make Hawaii the lone state in the nation with a statewide mask mandate.

As of Friday, there were 103 people with COVID in Hawaii hospitals. That’s down from a peak of 473 in September. That number also includes people who are in the hospital for other reasons and have tested positive, Hawaii News Now reports.

“The CDC eliminated its mask recommendation once before but was forced to reinstate the indoor mask requirement when the Delta variant caused a spike in cases'” Gov. David Ige said “Hawaii kept its indoor mask requirement in place during that time, protecting residents and preventing the rapid spread of the virus, resulting in the second lowest COVID fatality rate in the country.”

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  1. Masks signal your political affiliation. Not having one also does.
    Don’t want to send the wrong signal, do you?
    So, wear your mask for the rest of your lives. Wear it when you sleep too or you’ll have Republican nightmares. Wear it in the shower to signal your green energy intentions. Wear it in bed, with whoever, to signal that you are not ‘phobic’ about anything/anyone there. Wear it in the ocean, for the whales or whatever. In fact, have it glued or sewed on lest someone confuse you for a deplorable.

  2. Hawaii is as blue a state as they come. What else would you expect. The locals don’t really want tourism anyway. Take your tourism dollars to Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain etc like I did. They appreciate tourists in other destinations. I can do without Hawaii and their elitist attitude along with the high prices. If Hawaiians don’t like being in the US anymore I am quite sure Japan would love to have them. The Japanese already own half of Hawaii anyway ! Lol

  3. What happened to ‘Follow the Science’?? LOL

    Hawaii turned into a ‘do not visit’ place, during Covid.

    Un-American, non-science based BS.
    No thanks.

    Mexico is more free than Hawaii, so I got there for my sunshine now.

    • I totally agree! Hawaii is whacky now. Their Governor is a moron. I used to go to Hawaii at least once a year and spent a LOT of money there as I’d book 2 suites as I traveled with 3 kids. But I will avoid it now and agree Mexico is a GREAT option. More authentic, very good food, affordable with better beaches and friendly welcoming people that actually want to see tourism.

      Too bad the USA can’t sell Hawaii. I grew up going to Hawaii and thought the Aloha was genuine but turns out it was all crap and fake.

      • I hope someday you’re able to overcome the trauma you’ve suffered due to a state you don’t live in maintaining an indoor mask mandate. That such a core belief of your childhood was upended by having to wear a mask inside a grocery store must be a difficult situation for you to live through. While I find it hard to believe someone so delicate and fragile would be able to cross into Mexico, kudos to you for mustering what small reserves of will you have to soldier on.

        • You are an absolute hero. Excellent writing and to the point. I wish I had said whatever I said half as well. Good work! (This is not satiric. I mean it.)

      • I was in Hawaii last year (Maui and the Big Island) and there’s a small (but vocal) portion of the population that believe Hawaii is being occupied by the US. You’ll see US and/or Hawaiian flags flown upside down, usually accompanied with the green, yellow, and red Kingdom of Hawaii flag.

        • Hawai’i WAS an independent kingdom less than 150 years ago and the USA took it over quite unfairly so those people have very good reason to feel the way they do.

        • Yeah, I DO know what you are talking about. You are talking about how you are showing everyone here that you are a bigoted fool.

          • Actually I don’t think anyone is a fool for kind of telling it like it is. I agree that Hawaiian’s ARE Americans, HOWEVER many of them don’t act like it. They have an “us” vs. “them” attitude during the pandemic.

            Sure, some had a legitimate fear of COVID but many people just don’t want to go back to work and welcome tourism which is really the bread and butter for Hawaii.

            Hawaiians got massive subsidides and many just got accustomed during COVID to not working anymore and want to stay at home and don’t want tourists back. That isn’t realistic or feasible.

        • Unfortunately you’re one president too late from being able to make shady, unconstitutional deals with the Russians.


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