Ige approves emergency rule n ° 27; Dissolved level system


LIHU’E – With the signing of Governor David Ige, Emergency Rule # 27 went into effect yesterday, effectively dissolving the COVID-19 tier system on Kaua’i.

Most COVID-19 regulations, including masking requirements, travel regulations and party size limits, will remain in place. The rule sets out specific and limited exceptions on the number of people who can attend professionally organized events.

Under the new rule, professionally organized events involving more than 100 people outdoors or more than 40 indoors will only be allowed if participants provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken. within 24 hours of the event. The tests must be of the PCR or antigen type.

Participants under the age of 5 do not need to obtain proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test as long as they are attending the event with an adult who meets these requirements.

The organizers will be responsible for keeping records of participants’ immunizations or documentation of COVID tests as well as records of contact information for each participant. Organizers may be required to provide this information to the Ministry of Health to perform contact tracing.

Organizers who break the rule may be fined $ 500 for each violation.

Due to this new development, Kaua’i Emergency Rule # 19, which established the tier system, has been repealed. The tier system was designed before the delta variant caused a massive spike in cases across the state and on Kaua’i and would have dropped most COVID-19 restrictions once the state hit 70% of vaccination. However, the delta’s surge forced Mayor Derek Kawakami and officials to reassess.

The new rule leaves the door open for Kawakami to maintain COVID-19 safety measures after the state exceeds 70% vaccination. A press release from his office is expected Thursday.

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