27 May 2021

Hawaii's Covid-19 mask restrictions eased

3:41 pm on 27 May 2021

Hawaii's governor has announced that masks are no longer required to be worn outdoors and ocean sports will continue.

Governor David Ige

Governor David Ige Photo: Governor's Office

Governor David Ige said he would maintain a requirement that people indoors however, regardless of whether someone is vaccinated.

The changes come as 57 percent of Hawaii's population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, with just under half of the population fully vaccinated.

Hawaii is pushing for more people to be vaccinated ― even eyeing an incentive programme in a bid to get more shots in arms, and as tourism continues to make a speedy recovery.

"The virus is still circulating in our community and unvaccinated people are particularly at risk. And until more are vaccinated, we must continue to take precautions indoors and in large groups because those actions are important to slow the spread of Covid-19," said Ige at a news conference.

On Oahu, social gatherings are still limited to 10 or fewer people.

Hawaii Island and Maui are also considering changes to gathering size restrictions in the meantime.

Ige said restrictions on outdoor water sports would be lifted on June 1 - once again allowing surfing competitions, regattas and other water sporting events.

Previously, Hawaiians were mandated to wear masks if within 1.8 metres of other people.