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Mayor's Amended Emergency Order allows for singing with modifications in restaurants and bars

HONOLULU -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that Governor David Ige approved the City and County of Honolulu's proposed amendments to the Mayor's Emergency Order that allow singing and playing of wind instruments at restaurants and bars with limitations as outlined in the revised Exhibit A of the Emergency Order No. 2020-16 (Second Amendment to Ho‘oulu i Honolulu 3.0), effective immediately. Also, the Governor approved the Mayor's 3rdSupplemental Proclamation that extends the emergency period on O‘ahu to July 31, to align with the Governor's Ninth Supplemental Proclamation.

For Restaurants and Bars including karaoke establishments, singing and/or playing wind instruments may be performed under the following conditions:

  • Any person singing or playing a wind instrument shall maintain physical distancing of at least ten feet from any other person while singing or playing a wind instrument. Members of the same performing group may be closer than ten feet together while performing.
  • A physical barrier (e.g., Plexiglas) of sufficient size to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 shall separate any person singing or playing a wind instrument from any other person for indoor restaurants and bars, but not including members of the same performing group. A physical barrier is encouraged but not required for singing or playing wind instruments at outdoor restaurants and bars.

For Bars, operators must continue to ensure there is no dancing inside the establishment. The amended Emergency Order No. 2020-16 will be posted online at

All previous requirements and conditions for restaurants and bars to safely resume operations remain in effect such as frequent hand washing, the use of face coverings as outlined in the Order, and physical distancing measures for both customers and employees.

Just today, thirteen new cases of coronavirus were reported for O‘ahu. The public is reminded to refrain from large social gatherings, stay home if you are feeling sick, wear a non-medical grade face covering in public, and maintain a safe physical distance of at least six feet from others, especially those not in your household.

The City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 information call center remains open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. O‘ahu residents are encouraged to visit the website, to get answers to frequently asked questions about Mayor Caldwell's Emergency Order. If they do not find an answer to their questions on the site, residents can call the 768-CITY (2489) information hotline or email

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