The Mayor of Hawaii County suggests growing the dimensions of the indoor gatherings with the vaccination threshold

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Following mass vaccination events at Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo, Hawaii Mayor Mitch Roth said he felt it was safe to hold larger gatherings.

So he proposed a solution that, if approved, would be the first of its kind in the state.

He told Hawaii News Now Thursday that he had asked Governor David Ige to increase the number of indoor gatherings in Hawaii from 10 to 25 people, as long as a host or company can demonstrate 75% of attendees have been vaccinated.

Roth hopes for approval by Friday.

“We believe the more people vaccinated, the better we are and the safer it becomes for everyone,” he said.

Hilo companies said they support a vaccination threshold for larger indoor gatherings.

“It is a good decision to change, especially given the high vaccinations and the people who travel these days,” said Colin Nakagawa, president of Seaside Restaurant and Aqua Farm.

Miles Yoshioka, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, said he was “all for it”.

“A vaccination record allows companies to hold larger groups as well as venues for larger groups, but it’s the responsibility of the organizer,” he said.

The district also calls for the number of outdoor gatherings to be increased from 25 to 75 people with no vaccination threshold.

Only six cases of COVID were reported in Hawaii on Thursday.

The Department of Health reported that 54% of the total Hawaiian population had a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 43% are fully vaccinated.

“We have reached the end of this race. We don’t want to stumble, but we want to sprint to the finish line, ”said Roth.

In the meantime, large gatherings can already get an exception from civil defense if planners provide evidence of their minutes.

Roth said the Honu – the half Ironman scheduled for June 5 on the Kohala Coast – will be the biggest event for the Island of Hawaii since the pandemic, attracting more than 1,000 people.

HNN asked the mayor how this event could take place.

“We believe the existing protocols make it safe,” replied Roth.

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