Tiered System Released as Oahu Restrictions Pull Back
September 23, 2020
Beginning Thursday, September 24, Oahu will allow for certain businesses and attractions to reopen with limited capacity and gatherings held to a maximum of five people, under Oahu’s new tiered system. City officials designed the system in order to strategically address the increases in new COVID-19 infections.
While it is welcome news to all, residents will need to read the rules carefully and understand that restrictions are still in place.
Under the new system, Tier 1 which begins on September 24th will allow for a variety of nonessential businesses to reopen that were previously shut down due to the “stay-at-home” order. Businesses will still need to contend with capacity limits and numerous other restrictions.
Highlights of the new order include:
- Businesses allowed to reopen:
- Social gathers are allowed up to a five person (who can be unrelated) maximum at parks, beaches, and hiking trails
- Retails and essential businesses must follow a 50% max capacity limit
- Restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity with parties no bigger than five people from the same household. Reservations are required and contact details must be provided
- Museums, zoos, and attractions can reopen at 50% capacity
- Bowling alleys can reopen at 50% capacity, parties limited to five people
- Hair and nail salons can reopen with restrictions
- Gyms and fitness facilities must operate outdoors
- Businesses and activities NOT allowed to reopen:
- Bars and night clubs
- Short term rentals
- Helicopter tours
- Live theater
- Organized team sports
Tiered System Resources: