Mayor Mitch Roth signed the Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 19 earlier today, easing various
COVID-19 restrictions throughout Hawaiʻi County. The new emergency rules come on the heels of Governor
Ige’s lastest Emergency Proclamation Related to COVID-19, signed yesterday, November 29, which suspends
laws allowing the counties to instate and enforce their own emergency rules without his concurrence. This is the
first time the counties have been granted the ability to do so since the Roth Administration took office last
“Moving forward, each county will need the ability to quickly adapt to the needs of their individual communities
as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and on to a new and better normal,” said Mayor Mitch
Roth. “We have seen the unique needs of our island home over the past year, and we are confident that by
continuing to work together, hand-in-hand, while sticking to what we know works, we will be able to keep our
island safe while restoring our economy and getting people back to the activities that they love most. That said,
we are grateful to Governor Ige for acknowledging our needs and granting us the opportunity to pivot as
The relaxed restrictions include, but aren’t limited to, an increase in gathering sizes, both in and outdoors,
expanded capacity of restaurants, bars, and barbershops, and an increase in capacity of indoor and outdoor
recreational areas, pending approved COVID-19 mitigation measures for all events or activities with the
potential to generate gatherings over the permitted maximum number of persons allowed. Facemasks will
continue to be mandated in indoor gathering settings and are strongly encouraged outdoors in large groups.
Special event requests will still be required for gatherings larger than the allowed limits, indoors and out.
“There is still much uncertainty in how the virus will continue to mutate, and we encourage all our residents not
to let their guard down,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “So long as everyone follows the rules and remains mindful of
their neighbors, we will be able to continue easing restrictions and reopen with a measured approach. Vaccines
remain our best defense against COVID-19, and we ask that everyone who hasn’t gotten their vaccine or
booster, but would like to, do so as soon as possible.”

‘s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 19

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