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Here are the COVID-19 rules for gatherings and events on every island in January 2022

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Some of Hawaiʻi's mayors made changes to their county COVID rules for social gatherings and events as the Omicron variant traveled into 2022. This is how the rules vary from island to island.

City and County of Honolulu

  • Indoor events with more than 1,000 people must operate at 50% venue capacity, starting Jan. 10. That rule will remain in place until at least Jan. 31.
  • Outdoor events have no capacity limits.
  • Informal social gatherings have no capacity limits.
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is still required for businesses, events or operations that serve food or drink for consumption on the premises — under Safe Access Oʻahu.
  • Indoor gyms, fitness facilities, exercise activities or high-risk activities are also still subject to Safe Access Oʻahu guidelines.
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City and County of Honolulu

Maui County

  • For patrons dining inside or customers of businesses/activities deemed higher risk, proof of vaccination (with a booster requirement starting Jan. 24), a negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or a signed letter from a medical professional confirming full recovery from COVID-19 within a specific timeframe is still required.
  • Indoor social gatherings remain capped at 10 people. There is no limit on outdoor gatherings.
  • Indoor commercial events with more than 75 participants must submit plans to

More information can be found at

Hawaiʻi County

  • Social gathering limits are 10 indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • Nightclubs, large indoor and outdoor venues, and road races remain closed.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is still required in public settings, and 3 feet for schools.
  • Event requests are still required for professional events.

More Hawaiʻi County information can be found here.

Kauaʻi County

  • The social gathering limits remain 40 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • Event organizers/coordinators are responsible for collecting and maintaining contact information of all attendees. Participants must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken with 24 hours.

More information can be found at Kauaʻi Mayor Derek Kawakami shared the latest COVID-19 snapshot with HPR's The Conversation on Dec. 28, 2021 — click here for that interview.


Aspects of the state's Safe Travels program remain in place. Out-of-state travelers are required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to avoid a 5-day quarantine upon arrival — down from 10 days prior to Jan. 3.

The statewide indoor mask mandate also remains in place.

Find more information on vaccine and testing sites at

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