Rollbacks on Masks, Social Distancing Mandates might come quickly in Hawaii

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have dramatically changed their guidelines on behaviors that are safe for fully vaccinated individuals.

Mai, the CDC stated that U.S. citizens who have completed their vaccination schedules can gather together safely without social distancing or wearing protective face coverings. The guidelines apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings and have no upper size limit.

Vaccinated or not, people must continue to wear masks when using any type of public transport or flying on airplanes, when visiting a nursing home, hospital or other medical facility for any purpose, and when in community facilities such as prisons or homeless shelters.

While the CDC’s advice has changed, the rules in Hawaii have not changed. Face covering and social distancing are still mandatory in public places, although Governor David Ige could decide to adjust to new public health guidelines and relax some restrictions in the coming days and weeks. As the pandemic progressed, the governor’s COVID-19 strategies were largely in line with CDC guidelines, which are not legally binding. Ige has called a press conference for Thursday at 2:45 p.m., at which he should comment on the matter and perhaps announce changes.

Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth issued a statement Thursday saying he supports a pull back on COVID-19 rules but will keep the county on the same side as the state.

Mitch Roth


“With vaccines available to the majority of our population here in Hawaii County, we believe the time has come to ease many of the current restrictions. That means we have to do this safely without endangering the health and safety of our community, ”said Roth. “We also have to do this together, as … four counties with a clear vision. Therefore, our county will follow the instructions of Governor Ige and the instructions of the state and will continue to hold regular discussions on proposed changes to our emergency rules. “


“That means (we’ll keep going) wearing a mask, social distancing, and doing all the little things that we’ve become so used to until nothing else is communicated,” Roth continued. “It also means getting vaccinated so we can get back to the things we love most more quickly – like contact sports, concerts, and other social gatherings.”

To date, about a third of the United States is fully vaccinated, or nearly 120 million people. Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after receiving the last vaccination of an approved vaccine. Around 155 million people have received at least one dose.

The White House and other supporters of vaccination efforts have hailed the new CDC guidelines as a milestone in the fight against coronavirus and a long road back to something resembling life before the pandemic.


There is speculation that the CDC’s advice to encourage relaxation of restrictions on vaccinated people is another way of convincing people to get the vaccination. The states have offered their own, in some cases extreme, incentives. Ohio has set up a lottery system that says that every week a random $ 1 million will be given out to a new resident as a reward for being vaccinated.

Health experts have said in the past few days that vaccinations are not widespread enough or given quickly enough to those who want them for the US to achieve herd immunity anytime in the near future.

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