Honolulu is dramatically tightening its restrictions on public gatherings as coronavirus cases surge in the US state of Hawaii.
“There can be no social gatherings -- indoors or outdoors -- on the island of Oahu,” Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced in a news briefing Tuesday.
Hawaii announced 134 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with most in Oahu. The rate of daily new cases is seven times higher than it was a month ago, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.
More than 200 cases in Hawaii are linked to an outbreak at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in Honolulu.
Under the new rules:
- No more than five people can gather together at one time, except for family members
- The county is asking more businesses to allow workers to stay home
- Restaurants can only seat a maximum of five customers per table
- Churches can continue to meet in person, but masks must be worn and congregations will not be allowed to sing.
- The state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state arrivals will be extended through the end of September
The new restrictions in Honolulu begin Wednesday and are scheduled to last for 28 days.