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Amended Honolulu COVID-19 Framework Allows Supervised Weddings Up to 100 People Outdoors

March 29, 2021, 9:01 AM HST
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The request to modify Honolulu’s COVID-19 recovery framework to include “weddings” as a category has been approved by Governor David Ige.

Under the amended framework, weddings under the supervision of event planning professionals are now allowed in Tier 3, with a maximum of 100 people per event (including staff), at outdoor venues only.

For weddings, table seating in groups of up to ten individuals is required, everyone must follow proper use of face coverings as detailed in the Order, food and beverage service must comply with the requirements for Restaurants/Bars, temperature checks must be completed, and sign-in data must be collected for all guests.

Dancing is allowed at weddings on O‘ahu, provided dancers wear approved face coverings and follow spacing requirements of two dancers for every 36 square feet, with a maximum of 32 dancers.

“From photographers and florists, to officiants and planners, the entire wedding industry has been hit especially hard by the pandemic,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi in a press release issued on Friday. “My team and I listened to the business owners and voiced their concerns to the State. We are happy to announce these determined entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to expand operations in a safe manner. I would like to thank Governor Ige and the Department of Health for continuing this important conversation as we restore more of our local economy. At a recent demonstration at Honolulu Hale the wedding industry representatives assured us they can operate in a safe manner and we trust they will keep their word, while also doing their part to prevent large unpermitted events from happening. Keeping all members of our community safe is still our primary focus.”

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The new Wedding category details and the reopening framework are posted online.

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