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County to revise rules to match state’s

Maui County plans to revise its COVID-19 rules after Gov. David Ige announced new guidelines for some establishments on Tuesday, including lifting capacity limits in counties that require vaccination or testing proof.

Ige’s office asked Mayor Michael Victorino to amend his recent request to conform with the state’s new executive order that will go into effect Nov. 12, the county said in a news release Wednesday.

Restaurants, bars and gyms with requirements for patrons to provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours may operate up to full capacity once the new rules take effect. The consent is contingent upon social distancing and mask requirements remaining in place.

Limits on private social gatherings will remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, the county said. Commercial events with professional management intended for more than 50 participants will require an approved exemption from the Office of the Mayor.

“All county mayors remain in regular contact with the governor’s office and the Hawaii Department of Health to methodically ease restrictions as we enter into the holiday season,” Victorino said. “Thanks to the community’s support, Maui County’s situation is looking very promising.”

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