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Some fans allowed for UH home games

The Maui News

A limited number of fans will soon be allowed to attend University of Hawaii athletic events after the City and County of Honolulu and state announced relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions Friday.

Starting Wednesday, outdoor seated entertainment events, including sporting arenas and concert venues, will be allowed at 50 percent capacity or a maximum of 1,000 attendees (whichever is smaller); and beginning Oct. 20, indoor seated entertainment venues are allowed at 50 percent capacity or a maximum of 500 attendees.

All attendees must be vaccinated, masked and physically distanced and all events must have an approved COVID-19 mitigation plan. No food or beverages will be allowed, other than water.

“This is a great step forward for our fans who have been eager to cheer on the Rainbow Warrior football team and the Rainbow Wahine volleyball and soccer teams,” UH athletics director David Matlin said. “More importantly, it’s great for our student-athletes who have been looking forward to seeing their family and friends in the stands along with the rest of the UH faithful.

“This announcement is also bigger than sports. Hopefully, when we look back, it will be remembered as a major milestone of our state returning to normalcy after more than 20 months of enduring this terrible pandemic.”

The first UH athletics events eligible to have a limited number of fans will be a women’s soccer match on Thursday (vs. UC Irvine) at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium; a football game against New Mexico State on Oct. 23 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex; and women’s volleyball at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center on Oct. 29 (vs. UC Davis) and Oct. 30 (vs. UC Riverside).

Everyone attending UH home athletic events will need to comply with UH’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. This includes uploading proof of vaccination to the UH LumiSight app, receiving approval (may take up to 24 hours), passing the daily health check-in on the app and showing the green “You may report to campus” status with the current date to be allowed into the stadium on gameday. There will be no concession stands, face masks will be required unless actively drinking water and attendees must be physically distanced.