Honolulu to Introduce Vaccine Passports for Leisure Activities
More COVID restrictions are coming to Hawaii as the state is experiencing a surge of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Beginning September 13, you will need proof of vaccination to enter some bars, restaurants and other businesses in Hawaii. The rule will go into effect in Oahu where a vaccination pass or a negative COVID test will be required. The city’s Safe Access Oahu program is slated to remain in effect for 60 days for now and it excludes children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccines.
The latest emergency order states that the new rules will be mandatory for all businesses. These are all the establishments covered by the Safe Access Oahu order:
- Restaurants and bars (takeout is exempt)
- Gyms and fitness facilities, including dance studios
- Bowling alleys, arcades and billiards halls
- Movie theaters
- Indoor portions of botanical gardens, zoos or other attractions
There will also be vaccine-or-test requirements in place for employees at impacted businesses. And also effective Sept. 13, restaurants and bars will have to stop serving alcohol at 10PM.
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced the program on Monday as new COVID cases in Hawaii have surged at an alarming pace. Last month alone, Hawaii had more than 20,000 new COVID infections and 53 deaths.
The mayor said businesses covered by the Safe Access Oahu program will be expected to enforce the new rules as soon as they go into effect. Those that don’t could face fines or even temporary closures.