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Tier System eliminated

October 15, 2021

The County of Kaua‘i shared the following press release announcing the elimination of the Covid-19 Tier system.

For more details, please read the press release below.

New emergency rule eliminates Tier system, maintains COVID safety requirements

LĪHUʻE – Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has issued a new emergency rule repealing the County’s Tier system restrictions while maintaining guidelines on professionally organized events.

“Prior to the arrival of the Delta variant, we had hoped to end COVID-19 restrictions once 70% of Hawai‘i residents were fully vaccinated,” stated Mayor Kawakami. “However, due to the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, it is clear that certain restrictions must remain in place.”

Under Mayor’s Emergency Rule 27 signed by Gov. David Ige on Wednesday, the County of Kaua‘i will continue to limit professionally organized events to 40 indoors and 100 outdoors. Event organizers wishing to exceed those capacity limits must ensure proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for all participants prior to the event. COVID-19 tests must be taken within 24 hours before the start of the event.

Further, any event over 50 people – whether indoors or outdoors – must submit event information to the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency online at www.kauai.gov/COVID-19. Kaua‘i County will continue to observe and enforce state rules on travel, face coverings, social gathering sizes, business capacity limits and other statewide mandates, pursuant to the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation and Executive Order No. 21-05.

As a reminder, any individual violating the State of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 safety rules is subject to a $250 fine. Businesses and organizers in noncompliance are subject to a $500 fine. “Organizers of professional events are responsible for knowing and complying with the rules,” said Mayor Kawakami. “These rules help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community, allowing all of us to continue daily activities, keep our businesses open, our hospitals running, and our keiki safe.”

For more information on COVID-19 regulations, visit www.kauai.gov/covid-19. For information
on free COVID-19 vaccine clinics, visit www.kauai.gov/vaccine. For information on free COVID-19 testing, visit www.kauai.gov/covidtest.

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