City & County of Honolulu Order 2021-04
Below is a summary of the changes made to Oahu's previous orders and recovery framework by the recent move into Tier 3 of recovery. The full text of order 2021-04 and related guidance documents can be found on the City & County of Honolulu's Proclamations, Orders, and Rules re:COVID-19 webpage.
Changes Made to Previous Orders
Order 3: Social Gatherings
Indoor/outdoor social gatherings of ten (10) individuals are allowed.
This limitation on social gatherings does not apply to gatherings, events, or activities that are permitted under other sections of the order.
Order 5: Face Coverings
All individuals shall wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when in public settings. Guidelines are set forth for exceptions in the order.
Order 8: Singing, Playing Wind Instruments, and Similar Activities
Ten (10) individuals per group.
Order 10: Travel Quarantine
For individuals holding limited self-quarantine exemptions issued by the state:
- Three post-arrival tests are required, the first of which is taken upon arrival at DKI Airport. Exemption holders shall take and pay for the post-arrival tests at the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii lab at the airport.
- The LumiSight Workplace application must be downloaded and used daily to track wellness/location checks
- Non-compliance is a misdemeanor with fines up to $5,000, up to one year in jail, or both.
Tier 3 Reopening Restrictions
Outdoor Sports Without a Permit
Basketball, soccer, tennis, or other sports at parks with friends or family.
Limited to 10 people or less playing together. This section applies to outdoor sports that do not involve reservation of a specific field/court for a specific time period. Such sports are limited to ten (10) persons or fewer playing together. Outdoor sports associated with educational institutions may operate in accordance with DOH guidance.
Outdoor Organized Sports (Permit Required)
Team sports and leagues. This excludes sports associated with educational institutions. Spectators are considered social gatherings.
This section applies to outdoor sports such as baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, and similar outdoor sports seeking to reserve specific fields/courts for specific times (“Sports Program(s)”). Sports Programs may recommence outdoor practice and competitive play under the following requirements and conditions:
Recommencement dates for youth and adult Sports Programs.
- Youth Sports Programs (for participants 18 years old and under) and collegiate Sports Programs within the City that are not already allowed to operate may recommence practice and competitive play on April 12, 2021 (provided any necessary permits are obtained).
- Adult Sports Programs (primarily for participants over 18 years old) may recommence practice and competitive play on April 19, 2021 (provided any necessary permits are obtained).
- No tournaments, regattas, or similar multi-team condensed time-frame competitions are allowed in Tier 3, except as otherwise allowed by the Order.
Indoor Organized Sports
Indoor team sports and leagues. This excludes sports associated with educational institutions.
Indoor organized sports are not allowed in Tiers 1, 2, and 3.
This includes public and private - commercial pools.
Face coverings must be warn at all times, except while in the water or showering.
Public and private commercial pools. Indoor and outdoor public and private commercial pools may open, provided:
- Individuals must comply with any lawful requirements or mitigation measures imposed by the facility.
- Facilities to open under this section are encouraged, but not required, to implement a reservation system to eliminate or reduce waiting times.
- Locker rooms, changing rooms, restrooms, and showers may be open at the discretion of the operator, but must be monitored by the operator to ensure that the number of individuals inside at one time allows for proper physical distancing.
Retail and Services
This section includes non-essential retail.
Each retail and service business must comply with conditions on page 1 of Exhibit A which apply to all designated businesses and operations. Fitting rooms (as applicable) may be open, but precautions must be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including frequent sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, quarantining tried on merchandise for at least 24 hours, and ensuring appropriate physical distancing can be maintained in the fitting room area.
Spiritual services that take place in a house of worship.
In-person spiritual services may be conducted provided applicable social distancing requirements are adhered to including, but not limited to, the wearing of face coverings (in accordance with Order 5 of this Order) and maintaining proper physical distancing. Funerals are subject to the limitations on “funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services” above, even when conducted as part of an in-person spiritual service allowed under this section.
Wakes or funerals at home must follow gathering limits by tier. Funerals must take place at a licensed mortuary, funeral home, or house of worship.
Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, provided that for each death-related event (funeral, etc.) are considered essential and may operate provided they follow applicable social distancing and face-covering requirements. If food or drinks are served the applicable restrictions in the “Restaurants/Bars” section in Exhibit A are complied with.
Restaurants/Bars (businesses offering food or drink for seated on-premises consumption).
Group dining is limited to a maximum of 10 people per group; other restrictions as written in the order.
Gaming facilities with high-touch areas.
Arcade operators must limit occupancy of arcade/game area(s) to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the maximum capacity. Arcade operators must also implement measures to ensure sanitation of games between each person’s use and that hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. Face coverings are required at all times within the arcade/game area(s). Arcades with: retail areas must comply with retail and service businesses requirements; restaurants/cafes/concession stands must comply with restaurant requirements; and office spaces must comply with business office requirements. Such areas must be distinct from the arcade/game area(s), and operators must regulate each area’s respective capacity limits, or limit occupancy throughout the facility to the most restrictive occupancy limit imposed for any of the areas within the facility.
Bowling alleys may operate but must comply with conditions on page 1 of Exhibit A which apply to all designated businesses and operations. Food and beverages may be served and consumed in the bowling area. If food and drinks are served and/or allowed, COVID-19 mitigation measures (consistent with applicable sections of the Restaurant section of this Order) must be implemented and every person must wear a face covering at all times consistent with Order 5, except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas (e.g., a patron’s/group’s assigned lane/seating area). Bowling alleys with: retail areas must comply with retail and service businesses requirements; restaurants/cafes/concession stands must comply with restaurant requirements; and office spaces must comply with business office requirements.
Applies to business offices, whether for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the business or service.
Encouraged to operate remotely, follow CDC guidelines; usual restrictions regarding use of face coverings, social distancing, etc., continue to apply per order.
Breakrooms and Conference Rooms
Breakrooms and conference rooms that are found in any place of work.
Spaced out six feet from one another or solo use; encourage outdoor eating; mask on when not eating or drinking.
There is a heightened risk of spreading COVID-19 in shared indoor spaces such as lunchrooms, breakrooms, and conference rooms located in public and private businesses and operations (including Essential Businesses and Designated Businesses and Operations). Therefore, generally, such shared indoor spaces should be closed and operators of facilities with such spaces should, to the extent practicable, provide and encourage workers and visitors to use alternative and suitable outdoor spaces while adhering to face coverings and physical distancing protocols contained in this Order. Under circumstances where closing such shared indoor spaces is impracticable, they may be opened and used, provided operators:
- Strictly limit capacity in each shared space such that physical distancing of at least six feet is maintainable at all times;
- Ensure that there is no congregating and that individuals maintain six feet of physical distance from one another in the shared indoor spaces;
- Ensure that face coverings are worn at all times in the shared indoor spaces, except that in designated spaces where eating and drinking are allowed, face coverings may be removed only while actively eating or drinking;
- Ensure routine cleaning and disinfection of the shared indoor spaces (with special attention to high-touch surfaces) consistent with CDC guidelines; and
- Improve circulation of fresh air by opening windows/doors, improving ventilation systems, etc. to the extent possible and feasible.
Group fitness classes include, but are not limited to hula, dance, yoga, barre, cycling, crossfit, and more.
10 people outdoors with mask OR distancing
10 people indoors with mask AND distancing
Commercial outdoor group physical activity classes are limited to ten (10) persons or less including any instructor. Each person must wear a face covering during the class, unless the person is more than six (6) feet away from any other person. Commercial indoor group physical activity classes are limited to ten (10) persons or less including any instructor. Each person must wear a face covering during the class and maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance from the others at all times.
Gym and Fitness Facilities
This section includes fitness centers, gyms, yoga, barre, spin, dance studios, hula halau, and other similar types of facilities.
Commercial gyms and fitness facilities (“Fitness Facilities”) may conduct fitness operations and activities exclusively outdoors provided each client wears a face covering, unless the client is more than six (6) feet away from any other person. Commercial fitness operations and activities may also conduct fitness operations and activities indoors under the following conditions:
Specific Requirements. Fitness Facility operators must:
- Not conduct or allow group classes of more than ten (10) persons to be performed within the Fitness Facility.
- Limit occupancy to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the maximum occupant load of the Fitness Facility and of any rooms or areas within the facility with a maximum occupant load. Pools may be open.
- Ensure that occupants maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of physical distance between each other at all times. If equipment cannot be arranged to facilitate six (6) feet of physical distancing, it must be blocked from being used.
- If no maximum occupant load exists for a certain area, operators must limit occupancy to ensure occupants are able to maintain six (6) feet of physical distance between each other at all times.
- Limit locker room access and the number of persons who use amenities of the facilities (e.g., sauna, etc.) at any one time to ensure physical distancing of six (6) feet can be maintained.
Dance/social/nightlife establishments (i.e., those allowing for on-premises consumption that are not strictly limited to seated customers).
Dance/social/nightlife establishments (i.e., those allowing for on-premises consumption that are not strictly limited to seated customers) are not allowed to operate in Tiers 1, 2, or 3.
Structured Events at venues (e.g., convention centers, banquet rooms, etc.) for industry and education purposes.
Structured Events at Venues. This section applies to structured events at venues (e.g., convention centers, banquet rooms, etc.) for industry and education purposes (“Structured Events”). Structured Events may take place under the following conditions:
- Static events only. Only static events are allowed at this time. Static events are those in which attendees reserve a seat, attend the seated event, and leave. Examples of static events include business/educational seminars, business meetings, and graduations.
- Capacity limits. Occupancy must be limited to no more than the number that allows each attendee to maintain six (6) feet of physical distance from other attendees at all times.
- Employees - All employees must wear face coverings during their shifts.
- Attendees - Attendees must wear face coverings consistent with Order 5 of the Order at all times within the facility, except when eating or drinking in accordance with the Restaurants/Bars section of the Order.
- Group are limited to a maximum of ten (10) individuals per group.
- Seating shall be arranged so that at least six (6) feet of separation is maintained between groups. No standing/socializing areas, or standing food and beverage areas are allowed, and groups are prohibited from intermingling.
- Layouts for paths of travel, seating, and ancillary and support areas must be in place.
Performers/Activities Subject Order 8 Restrictions
- Performers and attendees engaged in singing, playing wind instruments, and similar activities are subject to the restrictions set forth in Order 8 of the Order.
- All other performers shall maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet from attendees and wear face coverings at all times during their shifts to the extent reasonably practicable, while carrying out their duties (e.g., workers delivering documents/food/etc. may encroach temporarily within six (6) feet of attendees). Operators of the venue or the employer shall provide for the sanitization of performers’ spaces, work areas, and fulfill safety protocols for the performers.
- Contact tracing information. Operators must collect Sign-in Data for all attendees (not just one individual per group) through a reservation/booking system or upon arrival.
- Prior to admitting attendees, tables and chairs must be fully sanitized. Each seat is only for the attendee who reserved it.
- All operators, employees, and contract staff of a Structured Event must be trained to know and enforce the requirements of this section.
- Any retail areas must comply with retail and service businesses requirements; any area offering food/beverages for on premises consumption must comply with Restaurants/Bars requirements; and office spaces must comply with business office requirements.
- Provide training for employees regarding these requirements and each facility’s respective COVID-19 mitigation plan.
- Conduct pre-shift screening, maintain staff screening log.
- No person displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should provide services to attendees. Symptomatic or ill employees should not report to work.
- No person should work within 72 hours of exhibiting a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms.
- Employer must establish a plan for employees getting ill and a return-to-work plan following CDC guidance.
- Have attendees enter/exit through different entries using one-way traffic.
- Arrange separate entrances and exits for restrooms.
- Timed/staggered entry to the facility to access seats.
- Implement cashless and receiptless transactions.
Outdoor only, 100 people including staff, with conditions.
Wedding event operators. This section applies to weddings under the supervision of professional event planners, venues, or catering and convention service managers (“Weddings”). Weddings may take place under the following conditions:
- Outdoor venues only (e.g. permitted private venues, hotels, beaches and/or churches). The property utilized must follow all permitting/zoning regulations for such events, and must obtain or have proper authorization before conducting such event.
- Maximum 100 persons, including staff. This is an exception to the general gatherings limitations.
- At least one employee/owner of the professional event planning company, venue, catering, and/or convention service manager must be present at the wedding and ensure it is adequately staffed and compliant with this section.
- Usage of face coverings are required as detailed in Order 5 of the Order. Permitted exceptions are as follows:
- Procession & recession (e.g. family, bridal party, bride & groom).
- Officiate, provided there is at least a six foot distance maintained at all times between officiate and bride and groom, and between the officiate and any guests or staff.
- During photos (e.g. bride and groom, bridal party, and family photos).
- Customary dances (e.g., between bride and groom or parent and child).
- Table seating required as follows:
- Maximum of 10 persons per table.
- It is recommended that each table be reserved for members of the same household/living unit.
- Dining tables can be pre-set with tableware (dinner and salad plates, cutlery and glassware) so long as dining area is roped off prior to guest seating; linens, chargers, stationary goods, flowers and miscellaneous décor (e.g. table numbers, etc.) can be pre-set.
- Food and beverage service must comply with the requirements for Restaurants/Bars.
- Musicians, entertainment, operators, and guests must comply with the requirements in Order 8 of the Order.
- Dancing is allowed, provided dancers wear approved face coverings. Two dancers permitted every 36 square feet (6 x 6 ft.). Up to 32 dancers will be allowed as follows:
- 8 dancers for a 12 x 12 dance floor
- 12 dancers for a 12 x 18 dance floor
- 18 dancers for an 18 x 18 dance floor
- 32 dancers for a 24 x 24 dance floor
- Safety protocols are required as follows, no exceptions:
- Staff and guests, including bridal party, bride and groom, will require a temperature check upon arrival. Any person with a temperature over 100.4 will not be allowed to remain.
- Sign-in data must be collected for all guests