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Rules could be eased this week

Some of Mayor Michael Victorino’s “Safer Outside” mandates may be loosened as early as this Friday, Deputy Director Josiah Nishita said Tuesday.

Nishita said the county is awaiting approval from Gov. David Ige on the changes and will announce them as soon as they are approved.

He added that officials will not disclose what the proposed measures may be unless they are approved in order to eliminate any confusion.

Nishita said Victorino is “optimistic” of the progress made in lessening case counts in Maui County.

Victorino told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last week that he would like to allow spectators at children’s sports with people in attendance wearing masks and social distancing. A county spokeswoman this week confirmed the mayor’s plans.

Teri Freitas-Gorman said that Victorino is “very encouraged by Maui County’s low positivity rate” of COVID-19 cases.

Maui County on Tuesday had a 2.9 percent test positivity rate, the lowest of all counties in Hawaii.

But Freitas-Gorman said Victorino has also “kept an eye out” for cases that could arise from the Sept. 18 Mandate-Free Maui March & Rally.

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