Mayor Rick Blangiardi today extended restrictions for large gatherings, which allow 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, until October 19.
It also abolished the previous tier system and instead said it would base its decisions on a broader set of parameters that prioritize inpatient capacity.
Blangiardi’s previous adjustment to the tier system prioritized vaccination rates. In July, the tier system would have allowed restrictions to be relaxed if 70% of residents were vaccinated. However, that was before the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus, began to spread across the island and COVID-19 patients began to overwhelm hospitals.
“Everything has changed at this level,” he said at a press conference today at the Mission Memorial auditorium.
“We’re going to base our decision making on whether or not this suspension is lifted, or what time of day we do it – right now we’re doing it for 28 days – it will all be based on a wide range of conditions. with public health. But the key measure will be our hospitals. “
The new system that will dictate when the restrictions are lifted is the Safe Oahu Response Plan. While Blangiardi did not have final thresholds that would trigger the lifting of the restrictions, he said hospitalizations are expected to be “well below 200”.
There are currently more than 300 people hospitalized with COVID-19 infection statewide.
However, one of the first restrictions Blangiardi plans to lift is allowing spectators to attend University of Hawaii football games.
“Right after watching the UH football game last weekend with no one in the stands, it obviously comes to mind. I know they have our next home game on October 2nd, ”he said.
“We would like to get to a place where we feel like we are back, and we are doing very well, the drug is proven to work. And so we will evaluate all of this when the time comes.
Watch a replay of the press conference via the video above, or visit Mayor Blangiardi’s Facebook page.