Last week, I wrote about these 10 good reasons to postpone your trip to Hawaii. It was in response to the island’s hospitals nearing capacity and the Governor warning that “now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii.”
You will have to read the post for the other eight reasons but I could update it and add another, since Honolulu’s mayor Rick Blangiardi just announced a new program called “Safe Access O‘ahu” to begin on September 13.
The program is in partnership with the local business community to aggressively counteract the surge of COVID-19 cases. Safe Access O‘ahu requires restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments, to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to operate.
Customers will also have to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the business. The goal is obviously to allow these businesses the ability to operate more safely and instill confidence in the general public.
According to their press release the following exceptions apply:
- Employees, full or part-time, interns, volunteers, and contractors, who show weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (molecular or antigen)
- Patrons or customers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (molecular or antigen) taken with 48 hours of entry into the covered premises, and identification bearing the same identifying information as the proof of a negative test result
- Children under 12 years old
- Individuals entering and remaining for 15 minutes or less per 24 hour period
- A restaurant that operates solely as take-out, delivery or a food truck
Proof of vaccination may include showing a hard copy of your state approved vaccination card, a photograph/digital copy of the vaccination card or showing compliance with a Hawaii state-approved digital/smart device application confirming full vaccination status.
In addition, the City is implementing a 10 p.m. cut off for the sale, service and consumption of liquor at establishments that sell liquor for on premises consumption. The previous cut off was midnight.