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Spectators allowed at permitted outdoor sporting events

HONOLULU -- Mayor Rick Blangiardi is thrilled to announce that spectators are officially allowed to watch permitted outdoor sporting events, effective immediately. Mayor Blangiardi submitted the request to the State to allow spectators back on the sidelines on Friday, May 14, 2021. Governor David Ige approved the request today.

"Outdoor sports have been operating for two incubation periods and I do not believe there are any cases tied to these activities. Now that the participants have been allowed to return to play, and done so safely, the logical next step is to allow for spectators," said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. "I truly believe allowing spectators at outdoor organized sporting events is safe and I thank Governor Ige for approving our request to allow families back on the sidelines to watch their loved ones play."

"I know how important this step is to young athletes, parents, as well as their families and friends," said Governor David Ige. "We believe people know what the rules are and will follow them to keep their loved ones safe, allowing us to resume these types of long-awaited activities."

Emergency Order 2021-06 states spectators are allowed, however face coverings must be worn consistent with Order 5 (e.g., required outdoors when physical distance of six feet from other individuals, who are not members of the same household or living unit, is not maintainable); and any group of spectators shall not be larger than 10 individuals, consistent with Order 3 of the emergency proclamation.

The rule continues to prohibit socializing and potlucks at the field/court before or after the scheduled sports activity.

"Hawai‘i is in the top five nationally in terms of COVID vaccination numbers, but I know we can do even better, especially with vaccinations now available for young people 12 years and older. The more people who get vaccinated, the sooner we can ease more restrictions," said Mayor Blangiardi.

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