MAYOR ROTH DOUBLES DOWN ON ‘NO CHANGE’ STANCE TO COVID RULES

MAYOR ROTH DOUBLES DOWN ON ‘NO CHANGE’ STANCE TO COVID RULES
Mayor Mitch Roth stated that no changes will be made to the current emergency rules amid today’s recordbreaking case counts statewide. The emergency rules outlined in the Mayor’s COVID-19 Second Amended
Emergency Rule No. 19 allow for social gatherings of 100 outdoors and ten indoors, as well as full capacity for
business operations. In addition, the rules specify that events with crowds larger than the allowed numbers must
be approved by the County and have proper COVID-19 mitigation plans in place. Sporting leagues are also
permitted to allow for spectators at all County recreation facilities, pending approval of the Director of Parks
and Recreation.
Indicators for a change to the current rules include, but aren’t limited to a:
1. Drastic increase in hospitalizations;
2. Strain on medical resources needed to treat COVID-19;
3. Lack of adequate first responder and medical staffing;
4. Increased severity of illness
“We remain encouraged by the low number of hospitalizations islandwide and believe that we are turning a
corner in regards to the efficacy of the virus,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Our administration is monitoring the
situation intently and is prepared to pivot if need be. However, the data shows us that we can continue moving
forward, and that’s what we intend to do. We need to keep businesses open and families working, so long as it’s
safe to do so. Our ability to rebound from this pandemic and return to a vibrant Hawaiʻi Island is dependent on a
healthy and thriving workforce, and having one means that we have to keep doors open and lights on.”
Hawaiʻi County would like to remind residents that those experiencing symptoms or those who may have been a
close contact with a known positive should isolate until a test is obtained. Please visit DOH guidelines for more
information. Residents are also reminded to continue distancing when possible, wearing a mask, avoid gathering
indoors, and to stay home when feeling ill.
The County has testing sites islandwide and the calendar can be found at hawaiicounty.gov/testing

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