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New COVID rules allow gatherings of 10

The Maui News

Social gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed in Maui County, under rule changes that Mayor Michael Victorino announced in the lead-up to Mother’s Day. 

More than one group of 10 people may gather outdoors, provided that face coverings are worn and physical distancing of at least 6 feet is maintained between separate groups. The new rules went into effect on Sunday.

Gatherings had previously been restricted to no more than five people under emergency COVID-19 health rules. 

Maui County also updated rules limiting occupancy for retail businesses from 30 percent to 50 percent of maximum capacity based on square footage. 

Restaurants, bars, food courts, commercial events and luau are now also allowed to stay open until 11 p.m. — the rules previously called for closing at 10 p.m. — with no entry for takeout service after 11 p.m. Like retail stores, bars also will be allowed to have 50 percent occupancy, with permitted group sizes within a bar increased from five to 10.

Commercial and recreational boats with a capacity of more than 10 may now allow 75 percent of rated capacity, the county added.

Outdoor organized sports, meanwhile, have been expanded to include rugby and football but are still limited to drills and practices, no games.

Complete updated public health emergency rules can be found at mauicounty.gov.

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