Maui recently passed a law that will remove the requirements for vaccination, and testing for individuals to enter an indoor venue. This is good news. However, it remains unclear what impact this has on public health or whether other cities might follow suit.

The “Maui indoor dining restrictions” are new requirements for entry into any venue that is within a Maui building. The new requirement will help to protect the public from contracting infectious diseases.

Maui Lifts Vaccination, Testing Requirements for Entering Indoor Venues

As the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Hawaii continues to fall, the island of Maui is easing some of the social limitations imposed by the epidemic.

Mayor Michael Victorino of the county recently stated that booster vaccinations are no longer required for residents and tourists to be deemed fully immunized.

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Maui no longer requires customers (ages 12 and above) to provide evidence of vaccination or a recent negative test in order to enter indoor taverns, restaurants, gyms, and fitness facilities.

The regulation has been in place since mid-September in order to prevent a COVID-19 rise in late-2021. The mayor’s executive decree at the time also required pubs and restaurants to shut by 10:00 p.m.

The newest initiative to loosen community restrictions comes as the number of new cases in the Aloha State and around the country continues to fall. The average daily case count as of Saturday, February 19 was 341—a 66 percent decrease from February 5 levels.

Other societal limitations, such as the need of wearing face masks in interior public venues, remain in effect on Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands. At current time, Hawaii is the only state in the country that still requires interior masks.

Governor David Ige told local TV station ABC4 on Thursday that he’s working with the state health agency to “determine whether the timing is appropriate” to eliminate the mask requirement, according to USA Today.

Travelers from the United States are not needed to be completely vaccinated in order to visit Hawaii, but confirmation of complete immunization allows them to skip the state’s mandatory five-day quarantine after they arrive.

Unvaccinated passengers (aged five and above) may get a quarantine exemption by submitting a negative pre-travel NAAT test done within 72 hours of their journey to Hawaii. It’s important to note that the state will only accept test results from one of its trusted testing partners, as well as immunizations confirmed by one of its Digital Health Pass Partners (CommonPass, CLEAR and AZOVA).

If they want to qualify for a quarantine exemption, domestic passengers must register an account on Hawaii’s Safe Travels site and input their trip details, as well as vaccination or pre-travel testing paperwork.

Go to gohawaii.com/islands/maui for additional information.

Maui County has lifted their vaccination requirement for entering indoor venues. They are now testing all visitors to ensure they have the necessary vaccinations. Reference: maui covid travel.

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